DHCD Events


Getting More Bang for Your Buck: Determining the fiscal impact of Main Street events

Friday, May 6, 2016
2-3 p.m.

When your festival is true to the character of your community and tells that story effectively, people will want to come and spend their time and money at your event again and again. With that success, it is more important than ever for you to communicate a good return on a community’s investment of time and money. Planning and measuring the impact of special events in Main Street communities should be a priority for every downtown organization. It starts with a clear definition of the goals for each event.  If events are not generating positive economic gain for downtown, reviewing, changing or replacing the event might be warranted. Main Street managers, volunteers and business owners should check out this free webinar to learn everything you need to know about the downtown economic impacts of Main Street events. The webinar will feature the following information:

  • Hear how to determine clear goals for vision- and market-based events
  • Discover how to involve local businesses so they can best take advantage of events
  • Learn how to define the economic measures of events that speak to funders and key stakeholders
  • Highlight successful downtown events that position the downtown as the center of the community and hub of economic activity

About the speaker:
Kathy La Plante
Senior Program Officer and Director of Coordinating Program Services
National Main Street Center

Kathy La Plante is a senior program officer and director of coordinating program services at the National Main Street Center with expertise in building organizational capacity and developing promotional programming. She has worked in the Main Street field for more than 25 years. She joined the staff of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center in May 2007. She works throughout the U.S. providing training for cities of all sizes using the Main Street Approach® to downtown revitalization.

Although registration is free, the deadline to register is Tuesday, May 3.



Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) announcement

The  Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the availability of $65.8 million through the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative  to develop new strategies for economic growth and worker advancement for communities that have historically relied on the coal economy for economic stability.  Communities and regions that have been negatively impacted by changes in the coal economy, including mining, coal fired power plants and related transportation, logistics and manufacturing supply chains, can apply for resources to help strengthen their economies and workforces.  Funds are available for a range of activities, including:
  • Developing projects that diversify local and regional economies, create jobs in new and/or existing industries, attract new sources of job-creating investment and provide a range of workforce services and skills training;
  • Building partnerships to attract and invest in the economic future of coal-impacted communities;
  • Increasing capacity and other technical assistance fostering long term economic growth and opportunity in coal-impacted communities.
The POWER Initiative is a multi-agency effort aligning and targeting federal economic and workforce development resources to communities and workers that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America's energy production.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and awards will be announced later this year. For more information about the POWER Initiative, including application materials, visit  www.arc.gov/power.

Manufactured Housing Installers Program (MHIP)

DHCD State Building Code Office (SBCO) is pleased to announce the availability of the Manufactured Housing Installers Program (MHIP) now online through the Jack A Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy Knowledge Center. Completion of this program is required for all installers of manufactured homes in Virginia prior to application for the mandatory licensure issued by the VA Department of Professional Occupation and Regulation (DPOR).
Due to technical issues electronic payment for the program cannot be accepted at this time. After completing the training program users will be prompted to print the ‘attendance certificate’ necessary to receive ‘Completion verification’ required by DPOR.
Instructions for receiving the required ‘completion verification’.
1.  Complete the On-line MHIP https://covkc.virginia.gov/dhcd/vbca.  Instructions for accessing the VBCA KC and establishing a user account
2.  Follow instructions to print the Attendance certificate
3.  Mail attendance certificate and $50 fee (check made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia) to:

Cindy Davis
600 E. Main Street, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23219
For problems with the Knowledge Center  or questions regarding the Manufactured Housing Installers Program please contact the State Building Code Office at (804) 371-7150