Webinar Series – Downtown Buildings: Tools for Revitalization

Virginia Main Street (VMS) is hosting a series of three webinars throughout June covering topics related to downtown buildings and tools for revitalization.  All webinars are FREE, however, registration for each one is required.


Virginia Rehabilitation Code
June 6, 2018, Noon-1 p.m.

Speaker: Jeff Brown, MCP, Director of State Building Codes, DHCD

The Rehabilitation Code can sometimes be daunting for downtown building owners to navigate when determining how to make property improvements.  How do you modernize an older building without breaking the bank to meet current requirements? This webinar will help you understand what code sections to reference and available tools to make discussing your planned improvement with your local official easier.


Virginia Main Street Financial Feasibility Studies
June 13, 2018, Noon-1 p.m.

Speaker: Kathleen O. Frazier, AIA, Principal, Frazier Associates

Do you have a large-scale downtown building that sits vacant or underutilized and you do not know what can be done with it? A financial feasibility study is one way to crack open new possibilities for the building and community.  This webinar will walk through the what, when, who and how of the feasibility study process.  With a completed study, your community and property owners will know what to expect and have the answers to attract potential developers, tenants or new owners.


Virginia Maintenance Code
June 27, 2018, Noon-1 p.m.

Speaker: Jeff Brown, MCP, Director of State Building Codes, DHCD

The Maintenance Code provides localities with the means to deal with, not only unsafe structures unfit for habitation, but also the means to reduce blight and maintain property values.  In this webinar, you will learn what the Maintenance Code is and is not, as well as how your locality can enforce it to insure a fair and measured approach is taken.  Topics will cover examples of blight related ordinances, roles of the local and state boards and technical support services available through DHCD.


FIND OUT MORE AND REGISTER FOR EACH WEBINAR HERE >>>

 

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2018 VMS Training Opportunities

The people who make up the Virginia Main Street network are passionate advocates, dedicated volunteers, influential stakeholders, and community organizers who work every day to turn the tide in their communities – catalyzing reinvestment, creating jobs, and fostering pride of place.  In order to meet new Main Street challenges and foster an effective organization, Virginia Main Street is committed to providing opportunities to connect to like-minded leaders and best practices in commercial district revitalization.

Check out our 2018 Training Calendar.  Whether you need a deep dive on business attraction or a quick refresher on buy local campaigns, there is something to suit your needs.

Check it out and mark your calendar >>>        

 

We’re unveiling more info for Downtown Intersections 2017!


More to come!


 

Downtown Intersections – Winchester – July 10-12, 2017

 

Market Your Main Street: Low-cost, high-impact strategies to get out your message

Your Main Street program is tasked with meeting the needs of many different stakeholders: visitors, business owners, municipalities, donors, volunteers, etc. How you communicate your message to a wide audience with different interests requires segmenting them and then having separate conversations unique to their interests.

Join the National Main Street Center for a webinar led by Pamela Herrmann with the Paragon Effect on Thursday, May 21 at 2 p.m. to learn a new tactic that will help you do pinpointed marketing that is low cost and highly effective. You will not want to miss it, so register today! http://bit.ly/1e3Z7Sz

 

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Welcome VMS intern Margaret Barre

Virginia Main Street welcomes its newest team member, 2009-10 intern Margaret Barre. Margaret will graduate in 2010 from VCU’s Masters program in Urban and Regional Planning  with a focus on urban revitalization.

blog photoAfter growing up in New Orleans, Margaret received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. She then  followed a dream of living at the beach by moving to San Diego where she pursued a variety of jobs including mortgage loan processor, interior plantscaper and pastry chef. Ten years of fun in the sun later, an opportunity to start a real estate appraisal business brought her to the east coast and eventually to Richmond. She and her husband Max are both Certified Real Estate Appraisers and live in Ginter Park with a brown dog.

At Virginia Main Street, Margaret will work with communications projects including the Virginia Main Street Monitor, the monthly electronic updates, and the VMS Blog (look for her upcoming entry on South Boston’s Art and the Creative Economy conference). She’ll also get out in the field with VMS staff, and assist in providing support, training, and technical assistance to VMS communities.  Welcome Margaret.