Local towns and city receive funding for downtown revitalization efforts

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RICHMOND, Va. A few Southwest and Central Virginia towns will receive funding to support downtown revitalization efforts.

Governor Ralph Northam announced Wednesday more than $144,000 in Virginia Main Street grants for 12 projects.

Downtown Investment Grants were awarded to the towns of Altavista, Blackstone, Orange, and St. Paul, and the cities of Hopewell and Staunton.

Altavista on Track was awarded $1,000 for their “Local Resident and Employee” project.

Six Commercial District Affiliate grants were awarded to the towns of, Scottsville, Pulaski, South Hill, and Bowling Green and the city of Radford.

The City of Radford was awarded $7,000 for their “POP! Façade Revitalization Grant Program” project. The Town of Pulaski was also given $7,000 for their “Capturing Cycling Adventurers for Pulaski’s Downtown Partners” project.

Applications from the towns of Ashland, Halifax, Lawrenceville, and South Boston, and the cities of Franklin and Petersburg have been awarded technical services to complete proposed projects.

In 1985, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development adopted the Main Street program for Virginia to help prevent downtown districts across the Commonwealth from economic decline. The Virginia Main Street program is comprised of 26 designated communities and more than 90 Commercial District Affiliates throughout the state.

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