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The Virginia Main Street Program is a preservation-based economic and community development program that follows the Main Street Approach by the National 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 Approach are eligible to become DHCD Commercial District Affiliate Partners.
- Virginia Main Street Program Guide
- 2018 Virginia Main Street Training Calendar
- 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
- Visit Main Street
- Revitalization Resources
- 2019 Commercial District Affiliate Grant Manual (Application deadline March 16, 2018)
- 2019 Downtown Investment Grant Manual (Application deadline March 16, 2018)
- 2019 Financial Feasibility Grant Manual (Open submission until funds are exhausted)
- National Main Street Center
- Virginia Department of Historic Resources
- Virginia Downtown Development Association
- Virginia Small Business Development Centers
- Association for Enterprise Opportunity
- Virginia Community Capital