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Virginia has 30 designated Advancing Virginia Main Street communities, each offering a unique historic commercial district worth visiting!
Mobilizing Main Street Communities:
Mobilizing Main Street represents a new tier for Virginia communities that provides targeted services to small to medium towns and cities exploring Advancing Main Street community designation in the next round. Cape Charles is the first graduate of this tier and became designated in 2020.
Exploring Main Street Communities:
Not every community is ready to undertake a comprehensive Main Street effort. But, for those with the desire and energy to improve historic downtown commercial districts, Virginia Main Street (VMS) has resources to assist them through the Exploring Main Street program. There are currently over 90 Exploring Main Street communities in the VMS program.
Virginia communities with pedestrian-oriented commercial districts can participate in this tier by completing a brief, noncompetitive application at any time. Exploring Main Street communities must engage in at least one Main Street training each year. At the training, community leaders network with leaders from the program’s more mature communities, learning from personal experiences and best practices in the field. Contact Virginia Main Street at (804) 371-7040 for more information!
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