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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...
VTrans 2045 is underway!

VTrans 2045 is underway!

 Virginia’s statewide multimodal transportation plan update aims to provide a more complete picture of transportation improvements needed in the Commonwealth.  The first step will involve developing a new vision that will be informed by a public survey, vulnerability assessment, and data trends.  Unlike the 2040 version of the plan, VTrans 2045 will also identify mid-term needs within a 10-year planning horizon and longer-term needs.  Adoption of mid-term needs is anticipated by December 2019 and will inform SMART Scale round four. A guiding theme for this plan update is to increase awareness among public and local agencies.  In addition, the plan will convey trade-offs, relative return on investment, and opportunity cost associated with policy options.  The complete plan, including long-term needs and strategic actions is anticipated to be complete in early 2021.  VTrans 2045 is led by the Virginia Secretary of Transportation’s Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment. For more information contact Elijah Sharp (esharp@nrvrc.org), 540-639-9313, ext. 210. Share...
RIDE Solutions Update

RIDE Solutions Update

RIDE Solutions staff once again had the opportunity to support several community events this fall. During Blacksburg’s Sustainability Week, RIDE Solutions worked with local partners to host the bike valet at the end of the Sustainability Week Bike Parade, making it possible for participants to enjoy the farmers’ market after safely docking their bikes.

Regional Trails Forum Meeting Materials from November 29, 2018

Below you will find the meeting agenda, presentations and funding handouts distributed at the forum. The agenda contains speaker contact information for follow up communication. Happy Trails! Agenda Overview Presentation Planning Resource List Potential Funding Sources Presentations: Multipurpose Trail Funding (VDOT) Roanoke Valley Greenway Plan Grant Funding for Outdoor Recreation through DCR  State Trail Plans in the New River Valley New River Trail State Park New River Valley: Bikeway, Walkway, Blueway Planning (NRVRC) Share...

Departing Board Members Recognized

At the New River Valley Regional Commission meeting on June 28th, the Board of Directors celebrated the contributions of three members leaving the board effective June 30, 2018.

Pathways to the American Dream – Year One Wrap-up

In January 2017, the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board (NR/MR WDB) began their Pathways to the American Dream project.  This four-year project is funded by the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration America’s Promise, H-1B Job Training Grant.