The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development will be accepting applications for new Designated Main Street Communities meeting the eligibility criteria in 2020. In addition to becoming part of the Main Street America national, grassroots-led network, a Designated Virginia Main Street community receives an array of intensive assistance designed to advance its local revitalization … More Virginia Main Street 2020 Designations
No one was born knowing how to be a board member; usually we agree to join the board because we care about the mission. But there are a lot of things to learn when you sign on as part of a non-profit board (here’s a hint: it’s more than coming to a meeting a few … More Brown Bag Governance – Utilize the October Webinar (and others) for Annual Board Training opportunities
Economic Vitality often proves to be the most challenging of the Four Points for communities to implement, but its importance can not be overlooked. After all, job and business creation, retention and expansion is the hallmark of the health of your entrepreneurial ecosystem. So, how is your organization doing at promoting the business opportunities in … More Is Your Main Street Website Open for Business?
As one of the Four Points of the Main Street Approach™, we talk a lot about how design in your community can improve and create attractive, usable public spaces. But, have you ever considered how certain public features may actually deter people from frequenting your downtown or shared spaces? It even has a name, Unpleasant … More Unpleasant Design -Considerations for Inclusive Public Spaces
In May 2019, DHCD presented a Small-scale Real Estate Development Workshop in Staunton, Virginia. This training sold out and 30 participants went on to complete the Small Scale Real Estate Developer Boot Camp. From there, five participants were accepted into a cohort for project specific technical assistance – including one in the city of Danville. … More Danville to host Small Scale Development Workshop
Here are some upcoming Virginia Main Street training opportunities you won’t want to miss! Virginia Main Street WebinarHistoric Preservation: A Springboard for Economic DevelopmentOctober 3, 2019Noon – 1 PM Presented by Kathy O. Frazier, AIA, Frazier Associates Historic preservation IS the foundation of Main Street programs in over 2,000 communities creating new jobs and businesses … More Not To Miss! Upcoming Main Street Training Opportunities
Joan Garry strikes again. She leads a nonprofit consulting firm and is the author of Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership, a favorite read among Virginia Main Street program managers. Recently she contributed an article to The Chronicle of Philanthropy about motivating an apathetic board, a situation that may hit close to home for any … More How to Reignite Your Board Members