BREAKING NEWS – Webinar Series: PPP Updates for Small Business Owners

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Public Private Strategies Institute and other stakeholders will be hosting a series of webinars for small business owners with 20 employees or less or those who are self-employed to learn more about key changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which will be available for a limited amount of … More BREAKING NEWS – Webinar Series: PPP Updates for Small Business Owners

CPRO Launches Hispanic Business Support Publication

As part of its business support efforts, the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) has launched a new publication to support the area’s Hispanic business community! The publication, Boletín, is a small booklet featuring resources and information specific to Spanish speaking businesses serving Columbia Pike’s residents. Recently, the first publication was mailed to 60 small businesses … More CPRO Launches Hispanic Business Support Publication

New Coworking Space Opens in Downtown South Boston

In early February, the SOVA Innovation Hub welcomed members to take advantage of the facility’s coworking space! Located on the site of a former tobacco warehouse that was built in the 1900’s, the SOVA Innovation Hub brings together business and education partners to offer innovative programs that inspire people to pursue digital careers and entrepreneurship. … More New Coworking Space Opens in Downtown South Boston

The Joy of Pla(y)ce

Why would we create places that promote play and engagement through urban design and development? Downtown amenities, such as multipurpose parks and recreational installations, create an engaging place that attracts people every day and most hours of the day. They are an opportunity to connect families, nurture child development, and – what municipalities like to … More The Joy of Pla(y)ce

CCV Series: February 2021 Recap & Additional Resources

Educational Webinar: After a successful kickoff month, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) was excited to continue the CCV Series, exploring the importance of placemaking during the month of February! Jeff Siegler (pictured left), founder of Revitalize, or Die. and a founding partner of Proud Places, helped participants discover how the places … More CCV Series: February 2021 Recap & Additional Resources

Awards Announced for 2021 Port Host Community Revitalization Fund

On February 9th, awards were announced for three Virginia projects that will benefit from the Port Host Community Revitalization Fund (PHCRF). The General Assembly allocated $1 million in PHCRF grants for fiscal year 2021 to assist with removing, renovating, or modernizing port-related buildings and facilities in Virginia’s five port host communities: the town of Front Royal and the cities … More Awards Announced for 2021 Port Host Community Revitalization Fund

Warrenton Encourages Community to LOVE OUT LOUD!

Now more than ever, kindness and love need to be spread throughout communities, and that’s exactly what’s happening in Warrenton, Virginia. The Gerrish family (pictured left), owners of Designs by Teresa (Flowers & Gifts), partnered alongside other local businesses and organizations to construct a wall of flowers with each bouquet symbolizing an opportunity to show … More Warrenton Encourages Community to LOVE OUT LOUD!

New Coworking Facility Coming to Downtown Altavista

Altavista’s former fire station will soon become the Spark Innovation Center, a state-of-the-art coworking facility focused on supporting entrepreneurs and small business incubation. The new center will offer office-like amenities, wireless/wired internet access and broadband, high-quality copiers/printers, plotter and 3D printing capabilities, and other valuable resources for entrepreneurs and mobile workers, while also providing innovative … More New Coworking Facility Coming to Downtown Altavista

Virtual Reality: Making History Come Alive

While currently accounting for only one percent of storytelling experiences consumed by viewers, Virtual Reality (VR) technology will be an important tool to watch for virtual tourism in the future.  A team of three friends launched a pilot project, called Hidden in Plain Site (HiPS), in January 2021 after seeing a void in storytelling that … More Virtual Reality: Making History Come Alive

Danville’s River District Association Launches Mobile App

In January, Virginia Main Street (VMS) published the Creating Interactive Apptivities blog post, highlighting the importance of keeping people engaged with places throughout the pandemic. VMS spotlighted Danville’s River District Association (RDA) for their efforts to create socially distant activities through guided smartphone-based apptivities via Distrx. Excitingly, RDA has announced that their fun mobile apptivities … More Danville’s River District Association Launches Mobile App