Dynamic downtowns offer a competitive advantage in economic development and business recruitment. An essential component is to this is offering a diversity of housing stock. Housing options will also lead to increases in residents, which then support local businesses and bolster additional private and public investment. DHCD will provide training at the upcoming Spring Rev-Ups … More Is housing part of your downtown revitalization strategy?
Are you located within the Tobacco region of Virginia? The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Committee has recently posted guidelines on their Small Towns Pilot Initiative. This program is targeted for communities less than 5,500 in population and high vacancy rates in their downtown area. Programs can include co-working spaces, entrepreneurial support, building improvements and other … More Tobacco Region Small Towns Pilot program
Five communities across Virginia were selected for participation in a Small-scale Production Pilot program provided by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), through Virginia Main Street, and in partnership with the National Main Street Center. These include the city of Bristol, Page County, town of Farmville/Prince Edward County, city of Norfolk and … More Five communities selected for Small-scale Production Pilot program
The Tax Act of 2017 created Opportunity Zones (OZ), which are low-income census tracts where tax benefits are offered for long-term investments in projects within the zone. Opportunity Zones were nominated by governors in each state and certified by the federal government. Virginia has 212 such zones, which can be found on an interactive map … More Opportunity Zones in Virginia
Achievement recognition and a chance to secure $5,000 to implement a downtown project?! Call to action: Throw your hat in the ring! We are now accepting 2020 Virginia Merit Award Nominations and applications for the Main Street Idea Pitch. Virginia Main Street invites you to submit Merit Award Nominations for outstanding achievements in comprehensive downtown … More Two Ways to Toot Your Community Horn!
This post is by guest blogger, Leslie Peterson, board president of Project Glade. Project Glade is a local nonprofit in Glade Spring, Virginia committed to promoting the town’s traditions and works on community innovations as it engages a dedicated citizenry in the improvement of community life. In Southwest Virginia, you will find the petite community … More Glade Spring Mural Program Creates Volunteer Engagement
Reprinted from New River Valley Livability Initiative: http://nrvlivability.org/refreshing-radford-and-making-main-street-pop/ Boosting the curb appeal of local shopping and business districts is a cornerstone of any revitalization effort. Radford businesses are currently sprucing up their storefronts all over The River City by taking advantage of a program that aims to help them do just that. Radford POP! is … More Refreshing Radford and Making Main Street POP!