Three Advancing Virginia Main Street Communities Named FY2022 Financial Feasibility Grant Recipients

Excitingly, three Advancing Virginia Main Street (AVMS) communities were awarded Financial Feasibility Grants (FFG), totaling $75,000, to identify the highest and best use of targeted properties within the locality’s commercial district and formulate any plans or studies that will allow property owners to redevelop their property or allow the local Main Street organization to “shop” … More Three Advancing Virginia Main Street Communities Named FY2022 Financial Feasibility Grant Recipients

Registration Open for Base Camp: Exploring the Trails, Agritourism, and Downtown Ecosystem

Mark your calendar! The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and others have partnered alongside the Virginia Farmers Market Association (VAFMA) to organize an exciting agritourism conference focused on resilience, relevance and connectivity. Base Camp: Exploring the Trails, Agritourism, and Downtown Ecosystem will be held virtually on October 18-21, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. … More Registration Open for Base Camp: Exploring the Trails, Agritourism, and Downtown Ecosystem

Fostering Community Through Storytelling

Andrea Dono (pictured left), Executive Director of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR), an Advancing Virginia Main Street (AVMS) program, was recently featured on Brand Story Podcast where she spoke about showing off your brand’s personality, staying true to your mission and how storytelling builds community, while also sharing insights learned from her time at the National … More Fostering Community Through Storytelling

CCV Series: August 2021 Recap & Additional Resources

Educational Webinar In August, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) welcomed Ilana Preuss (pictured left), founder of Recast City, to discuss how we can flip the model on economic development and build a strong and resilient economy that includes all types of talent. Preuss also addresses why (and how) to focus on … More CCV Series: August 2021 Recap & Additional Resources

2020 Small Business Support Relief & Recovery Initiative Final Report Demonstrates Impact of Grant Program

Over past year and longer, Virginia’s historic commercial districts and downtowns worked tirelessly to build vibrancy and economic opportunity as they experienced unprecedented challenges, pivoting quickly at the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic to help small businesses and other key stakeholders secure the resources necessary to survive. Apart from their inspiring local efforts, the … More 2020 Small Business Support Relief & Recovery Initiative Final Report Demonstrates Impact of Grant Program

Deadline Extended: Submit Your Session Proposal for the 2022 Main Street Now Conference

Have you implemented an impactful local project you’d like to share with the Main Street network? Do you have insight on trends in local economics, placemaking, or housing solutions? There’s still plenty of time to share your session ideas for the 2022 Main Street Now Conference because the deadline has been extended to August 27, 2021! Alongside the Virginia Main … More Deadline Extended: Submit Your Session Proposal for the 2022 Main Street Now Conference

Martinsville-Henry County Chamber’s Uptown Entrepreneurial Development Manager Reflects on 2021 Main Street Now Conference Experience

Our guest blogger, Kimberly Keller, serves as the Uptown Entrepreneurial Development Manager for the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber’s Partnership for Economic Growth. When not walking the sidewalks of Uptown Martinsville or working in the office, she can be found exploring other communities, farmers’ markets or simply enjoying the outdoors! The 2021 Main Street Now Conference was … More Martinsville-Henry County Chamber’s Uptown Entrepreneurial Development Manager Reflects on 2021 Main Street Now Conference Experience

Four Exploring Main Street Communities Named FY2022 Community Vitality Grant Recipients

Recently, Governor Northam announced that four Exploring Main Street (EMS) communities will be awarded Community Vitality Grants (CVG) to support projects aimed at revitalizing historic commercial districts, expanding small businesses, and growing local economies. Learn more about the grantees below! “For more than three decades, the Virginia Main Street program has spurred economic development through … More Four Exploring Main Street Communities Named FY2022 Community Vitality Grant Recipients

12 Advancing Virginia Main Street Communities Named FY2022 Downtown Investment Grant Recipients

Recently, Governor Northam announced that 12 Advancing Virginia Main Street (AVMS) communities will be awarded Downtown Investment Grants (DIG) to support projects aimed at revitalizing historic commercial districts, expanding small businesses and growing local economies. Learn more about the grantees below! “These grants will go a long way towards revitalizing downtown business and commercial districts, … More 12 Advancing Virginia Main Street Communities Named FY2022 Downtown Investment Grant Recipients

Onancock Launches Summer with New Branding and Website!

Onancock, VA, a charming, historic town on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, has a new brand and tagline, reflecting the many attributes that make Onancock such a special and unique place. A new website, experienceonancock.com, rounds out a package of materials that reinforce the town’s essence. The branding project was commissioned by Onancock Main Street (OMS), which … More Onancock Launches Summer with New Branding and Website!