August 20, 2015

Applications Are Now Being Accepted for Virginia Main Street 2016 Designation

We want to get the word out to our partners and stakeholders that Virginia Main Street is now accepting applications for new additions to the Virginia Main Street organization.

A major benefit of becoming part of the National Main Street Center is personalized assistance that can help a designated Virginia Main Street Community advance local revitalization efforts. This assistance includes customized design, access to state and national specialists, training on key downtown issues and ongoing marketing and promotional services.

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) recommends that communities planning to apply first review the Virginia Main Street Program Guidelines, the Virginia Main Street Designation 2016 How-To-Apply Workshop Presentation and the Designation Application.

Applications are due Monday, November 2, but an organization must register before their application can be submitted.

Communities that aren’t ready to apply for designation, but are interested in revitalization, have the option of becoming a DHCD Community Affiliate. Affiliates have the opportunity to attend Virginia Main Street trainings, network with other downtowns and gain access to a variety of resources about successful downtown revitalization strategies.

For detailed information on the Virginia Main Street preservation-based economic and community development program, visit
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