Have you and your community partners ever gotten stuck on a major initiative? To succeed, Main Street must show visible results that can only come from completing projects – both short- and long-term activities that add up to meaningful change. Yet, before any undertaking, local leaders need to work together to identify key strategies that … More DI20 Day Three: Move the Conversation Around Action!
The Main Street Approach is most effective in places where community residents have a strong emotional, social and civic connection and are motivated to get involved and make a difference. To hold up this principle for a sustainable revitalization effort, day two of the Downtown Intersections Virtual Conference focuses on cultivating community relationships for investment, … More DI20 Day Two Content You Cannot Miss!
Join us for Virginia Main Street’s Downtown Intersections Virtual Conference, July 28-30, 2020, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. each day. Registration is now open for the interactive, remote learning and asset-based economic development experience that will guide you toward a vibrant, healthy downtown and resilient Main Street program. The experience begins with a series of live … More Registration Now Open for Downtown Intersections!
Join us May 26 from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for the preconference* webinar, Basic Principles of Sustainable Organization. Building a healthy organizational foundation is key to attracting engagement and investment for your commercial district revitalization efforts. Whether you are positioned in a long-standing program or starting anew, this webinar will give you tools in three key … More Webinar – Basic Principles of Sustainable Organization
Save the date and mark your calendars to attend Downtown Intersections and the celebration of the 35th anniversary of Virginia Main Street, presented by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, on July 28-30 in Bristol, Virginia. This two-day event promises a packed schedule full of field and classroom sessions spanning topics geared toward strengthening your downtown … More SAVE THE DATE: Downtown Intersections 2020
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
Our guest blogger is Downtown Lynchburg Association Executive Director Ashley Kershner. Lynchburg is beyond excited to host the 2019 Virginia Main Street Downtown Intersections. Downtown Lynchburg is a vibrant, charming locale studded with unique and creative local businesses. We hope that while you’re here to visit, you’ll have the opportunity to experience all that downtown … More Lynchburg Invites You to Explore!
Main Street Idea Pitch! Wednesday, July 24, 2019 Do you have an idea for a new Main Street revitalization project idea you would like to start? Are you positive it’s something that will be a slam-dunk success? Then you do not want to miss Virginia Main Street’s second annual Main Street Idea Pitch competition. Main Street … More 2019 Virginia Main Street Idea Pitch: Making Ideas Happen!
In order to meet new challenges and ensure an effective Main Street revitalization effort, program participants need ongoing training. Those participants – both staff and local community leaders – need different skills in different phases of the revitalization process. For that reason, the Virginia Main Street program offers a robust training calendar tackling basic revitalization … More Stay Current On Issues That Affect Traditional Commercial Districts
Do your residents and stakeholders feel engaged in their community? Do they feel heard and included? And how does their engagement translate into stronger organizations and programming? On Oct. 1, from noon-1 p.m., Virginia Main Street is offering a free webinar focused on a researched and field tested civic engagement method to build, stronger, healthier, … More Webinar – Heart and Soul Field Guide: Fostering a Participatory Community