Tech Sheet Now Available to Help Localities Considering Upper Story Housing in Historic Downtowns

On behalf of the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program, Frazier Associates has created a tech sheet for localities across the state to utilize when considering the development of upper stories in their respective historic downtowns, helping communities explore the inherent parameters and various factors involved throughout the process. Commonly, historic downtowns are viewed as social, … More Tech Sheet Now Available to Help Localities Considering Upper Story Housing in Historic Downtowns

Entrepreneurship in a Post-COVID Environment

Our guest blogger, Dale Fickett (pictured left), is the President & Co-Founder of RVA Works, a public charity that cultivates social impact through entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as offers educational and financial services due to the generous support of over 50 program sponsors and volunteers. Throughout his career, Fickett has served in various economic … More Entrepreneurship in a Post-COVID Environment

Virginia Chamber Foundation Announces Blueprint Virginia 2030 Regional Tour

Recently, the Virginia Chamber Foundation (VCF) announced the Blueprint Virginia 2030 Regional Tour, and virtual meetings will be scheduled in every GO Virginia region throughout the state. As part of the Blueprint Virginia 2030 development process, the VCF will host a series of virtual meetings throughout Virginia, in partnership with its network of local, regional, … More Virginia Chamber Foundation Announces Blueprint Virginia 2030 Regional Tour

Historic Manassas, Inc. Named Main Street Resiliency Grant Recipient

Recently, Main Street America (MSA) announced the recipients of the Main Street Resiliency Grant Program, awarding nine Accredited MSA programs and one Coordinating Program with $8,500 to fund placemaking and design solutions to small business training and community engagements events that better position each respective community to creatively navigate the impacts of the novel coronavirus … More Historic Manassas, Inc. Named Main Street Resiliency Grant Recipient

GO Virginia Grant Boosts Southside Entrepreneurship

Recently, the GO Virginia state board announced that the SOVA Innovation Hub and Longwood University Office of Community and Economic Development (LOCED) will receive a grant award, totaling $449,000, to develop a two-year training initiative to help build capacity and connections within Region 3, focusing on entrepreneurial development, youth entrepreneurship and increasing access to capital. … More GO Virginia Grant Boosts Southside Entrepreneurship

Farmville Launches New Civil Rights Walking Tour

Supported by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VHF), the new Farmville Civil Rights Walking Tour represents a collaboration between the Robert Russa Moton Museum, Farmville Downtown Partnership (FDP) and Longwood University to guide residents and visitors along a two-mile route that highlights significant sites and cultural attractions, pertaining to the locality’s … More Farmville Launches New Civil Rights Walking Tour

Harrisonburg Downtown 2040: Engaging Master Planning through Community Input

Partnering together, the City of Harrisonburg and Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR) have launched Harrisonburg Downtown 2040, a community-driven plan for Downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia. Throughout 2021, the planning process will unfold, and it will be completed during the fall. As the project gains momentum, members of the community have been invited to envision the next 20 … More Harrisonburg Downtown 2040: Engaging Master Planning through Community Input

FY2022 Community Business Launch Grant Application Deadline Extended

The Community Business Launch (CBL) is a place-based entrepreneurial development strategy that fills a critical mass of vacant storefronts with expansion or start-up ventures. Local CBL programs train entrepreneurs, creatives, and small business owners about business planning practices, culminating in a group of finalists pitching their ideas to a panel of judges, with winners receiving … More FY2022 Community Business Launch Grant Application Deadline Extended

Food Retailer Assistance: The Virginia Food Access Investment Fund Grant

The Virginia Food Access Investment Fund (VFAIF) inaugural grant application process is open! Managed by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the VFAIF focuses on equity and justice in local food systems by investing in new or expanding food retailers that address food access issues in the Commonwealth. VFAIF offers grants and … More Food Retailer Assistance: The Virginia Food Access Investment Fund Grant

10 Things to Consider When Redeveloping a Vacant Building in Your Community

Recently, Michigan-based developer, Jenifer Acosta, published an article, “Choosing to Redevelop a Vacant Building,” via Proud Places where she unveils the challenges associated with adaptive reuse and emotionally describes the pure joy felt after transforming a vacant property, bringing new life to an abandoned space in one’s community. Apart from sharing redevelopment truths and recounting … More 10 Things to Consider When Redeveloping a Vacant Building in Your Community