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Virginia Main Street Webinar: Creating Your Community Transformation Strategies
October 25, 2016
12 – 1 pm
How do you take your downtown vision from a dream concept to a tangible, measurable reality? The vision establishes the ultimate target toward which all Main Street efforts are directed, and it requires a lot of major changes to take place between now and your future downtown. Hear about the refreshed Main Street Approach and how you can apply it to fine-tune your downtown revitalization efforts. This is a must-attend event for Main Street managers, board members and local officials. Check out this free webinar to hear everything you need to know about getting organized and catalyzing investment for real change.
Virginia Main Street Regional Rev Up: Advancing Main Street Momentum with Good Data
November 1, 3, and 4, 2016
10 am – 2 pm
The fall edition of Regional Rev Up promises to load your downtown revitalization kit with the tools you need to develop market-based revitalization strategies. The business of Main Street is constantly evolving. New challenges and new opportunities are always presenting themselves, and if we know where to look we can anticipate these changes and adapt to meet the new programmatic needs. Knowing which metrics are important, how to track them and how to interpret and utilize the data are imperative. These three regional trainings will center on how to understand market data for strategic focus and how to identify milestones to communicate forward momentum.
The Virginia Main Street Program is a preservation-based economic and community development program that follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach™ developed by the National Trust Main Street Center. Virginia Main Street offers a range of services and assistance to communities interested in revitalizing their historic commercial districts. While the program was designed to address the need for revitalization and on-going management of smaller to mid-sized downtowns, aspects of the Main Street Approach™ may be applied successfully in other commercial settings.
As resources allow, Virginia Main Street holds a competitive application period for historic commercial districts who wish to become Designated Virginia Main Street Communities. While VMS is not accepting applications at this time, VMS is always looking to work with any historic commercial district, regardless of their size and location.
All historic commercial districts that are interested in using the Main Street Four Point ApproachTM are eligible to become DHCD Commercial District Affiliate Partners.
- Virginia Main Street Program Guide
- 30 Years of Impact: How the Main Street program has revitalized Virginia communities
- Designated Virginia Main Street Communities
- DHCD Commercial District Affiliate Application
- VMS blog
- VMS Travel Guide (8mb PDF)
- Visit Main Street
- Revitalization Resources
- Upcoming Workshops (2016 VMS Training Opportunities)
- 2017 Downtown Investment Grant Manual (Application deadline May 2, 2016)
- 2017 Financial Feasibility Grant Manual (Open submission until October 1, 2016 or funds are exhausted)