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Pearisburg and Rich Creek Receive Grants for Downtown Revitalization

Pearisburg and Rich Creek Receive Grants for Downtown Revitalization

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has announced the Towns of Pearisburg and Rich Creek have each received grants of nearly $700,000 through the Community Development Block Grant program. The grants provide funding to construct public space improvements and repair the facades of commercial buildings in the downtown ‘Main Street’ areas of both towns, as part of a broader strategy to increase business investment in vacant downtown buildings, and attract visitors and customers to spend money in the downtown areas.  The grants are the latest investment by DHCD in Giles County, which has supported a similar project in Narrows, as well as several smaller projects that build on Giles County and the towns’ efforts to increase economic opportunities and business development, with a focus on promoting the County’s many outdoor recreation amenities and connecting them to the towns’ business districts.   Over the past several years, Giles County and the towns have been working with regional and state partner agencies to transform downtown areas into thriving commercial districts again. A recent planning process supported by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) outlines an array of projects to advance a ‘Main Street approach’ to downtown revitalization in each town (more on the Virginia Main Street program at: http://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/mainstreet). The related initiatives include: planned physical improvements to downtown buildings and public spaces to create attractive destinations for visitors and new businesses; the expansion and coordination of small business development support resources, and; tourism promotion and marketing efforts designed to connect downtown-based businesses to potential customers—with a special focus on the many visitors to Giles County’s numerous...
NRV Awarded $250,000 to Develop Early Educators and Cross-Sector Collaboration

NRV Awarded $250,000 to Develop Early Educators and Cross-Sector Collaboration

On December 10, 2018, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) announced the recipients of six $250,000 Mixed-Delivery Preschool Grants.  These grants were awarded to communities throughout Virginia to field-test strategies and solutions to help more children access high quality preschool.  Another key component of Mixed Delivery project is cross-sector collaboration.

November 2018 Smart Beginnings NRV Update

The Smart Beginnings NRV program recently completed an Early Childhood Regional Assessment funded by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF).  The Regional Assessment explores the outcomes of the current early childhood system, the risk factors influencing these outcomes, the early childhood services currently available, as well as service gaps and challenges by locality. 

Town of Floyd Comprehensive Plan

The Town of Floyd is in the last phase of updating the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, which is a document containing strategic components for long range planning, designed to guide decisions relating to growth, development activities and resources within the Town.

Giles County Comprehensive Plan

Giles County Comprehensive Plan

At the request of Giles County, NRVRC was tasked to assist in updating their Comprehensive Plan, which was previously adopted in 2012. The comprehensive plan, though general in nature, is a vital document for any local government, which sets the vision and direction of the community.