Call for Main Street Small Business Stories

Main Street America (MSA) will be launching a storytelling campaign that focuses on the symbiotic relationship between Main Street programs and their small businesses. The campaign has a dual purpose: to showcase different facets of the downtown small business ecosystem and to act as an advocacy tool, underlining the need to support Main Street programs and … More Call for Main Street Small Business Stories

2021 Main Street America Institute Course Schedule: Registration Now Open!

Undeniably, the novel coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our daily lives, especially the way we work! But, the way we approach revitalization hasn’t changed, and our desire to create vibrant and resilient downtowns and commercial districts has never been stronger. Remaining focused on recovery, Main Street America (MSA) believes there’s no better time to join the … More 2021 Main Street America Institute Course Schedule: Registration Now Open!

Fredericksburg VA Main Street Named Winner of the 2020 Main Street Idea Pitch Competition!

Fredericksburg VA Main Street (FVMS) won the 2020 Main Street Idea Pitch competition, receiving a $5,000 award to help make their Scan & LOVE project a success! Alongside four other finalists, April Peterson, FVMS Board President, presented the organization’s idea focused on activating storefronts through storytelling. Judged by a panel of revitalization professionals and the … More Fredericksburg VA Main Street Named Winner of the 2020 Main Street Idea Pitch Competition!

Towns of Vinton, Warsaw and Wytheville Named Industrial Revitalization Fund Grant Recipients

Excitingly, the towns of Vinton, Warsaw and Wytheville will receive Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) awards, totaling more than $1.4 million, to support the redevelopment of industrial and/or commercial structures in their respective localities. Projects were reviewed and evaluated competitively, placing an emphasis on those with a high level of blight, identification of impediments to economic … More Towns of Vinton, Warsaw and Wytheville Named Industrial Revitalization Fund Grant Recipients

Lexington and Gloucester, VA Recognized by Garden Club of Virginia for Innovative Greening of Hardscapes

Recently, the Garden Club of Virginia (GCV) celebrated urban landscapes at its fall forum, recognizing the Main Street programs of both Gloucester and Lexington, Virginia for their efforts to bring shade, flowers and fresh greenery into historic hardscapes through innovative techniques and plantings. Techniques highlighted by the GCV include: Large-Scale Self-Watering Planters: These planters are … More Lexington and Gloucester, VA Recognized by Garden Club of Virginia for Innovative Greening of Hardscapes

Six Ways Business Owners Can Make the Most of Small Business Saturday during the Coronavirus Pandemic

2020 marks the 10th anniversary of Small Business Saturday! A decade ago, American Express created the holiday in response to an economy struggling to rebound from a recession. Born out of a movement growing tired of big-name brands receiving more support than local mom-and-pop stores, consumers were encouraged to lift up the lifeblood of the … More Six Ways Business Owners Can Make the Most of Small Business Saturday during the Coronavirus Pandemic

VEDA: Cardinal Comeback Series

Several months ago, the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) launched the Cardinal Comeback Series to spotlight businesses working incredibly hard to help Virginia’s economy “come back” from the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stakeholders were asked to nominate businesses, and the responses have been overwhelming! In 1950, the Commonwealth of Virginia designated the northern … More VEDA: Cardinal Comeback Series

Webinar: Creating Outdoor Spaces in Colder Months

On Friday, November 20, 2020, Main Street America (MSA) will host a webinar focused on creating outdoor spaces in colder months. Undeniably, we’ve grown accustom to viewing our main streets and downtowns as commercial and social centers. But, the novel coronavirus pandemic has forced communities across the nation to move indoor activities outside, and that’s … More Webinar: Creating Outdoor Spaces in Colder Months

VCDC’s Mission Elevation on Main Street

Our guest blogger is Raven Bates, Communications and Office Manager at the Virginia Community Development Corporation (VCDC). The Mission Elevation program is an extension of VCDC’s commitment to ensure communities are vibrant for all residents. To date, 27 organizations have participated in the program leading to remarkable and durable financial, programmatic and strategic impacts. Harrisonburg … More VCDC’s Mission Elevation on Main Street

Main Street America Announces 2020 GAMSA Winners!

Recently, the National Main Street Center (NMSC) announced the 2020 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) winners during the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s (NTHP) virtual PastForward Conference, recognizing three deserving Main Street communities across the nation. Congratulations to the following communities for receiving the nation’s top award that celebrates those that have excelled in … More Main Street America Announces 2020 GAMSA Winners!