DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Main Street America announced that the River District Association in Danville has received the ‘Great American Main Street Award’ for 2023.

“This recognition will continue to drive home the understanding that Danville truly is a city once again on the rise. It is because of the resilience of the people in our community that Danville is a great place for those that choose to live, work, play, pray, and invest in,” said Diana Schwartz, CEO of River District Association.

This national honor awards towns for their commercial transformation while preserving the history of their community at the same time. The River District Association has also been recognized for creating healthy economic growth through strong collaborative leadership throughout the area.

“Their tireless efforts to build meaningful relationships with local stakeholders to inform and realize a holistic economic development approach has created an entrepreneurial ecosystem for the downtown and its surrounding region,” said Hannah White, Main Street America Interim President, and CEO.

Danville’s downtown is well known for its manufacturing history, which built large brick facilities
along the town’s waterway. Danville’s long-term goal of providing a lively downtown scene is finally materializing. Over the past decade, the River District Association has facilitated the creation of more than 150 businesses and the addition of over 1,200 residential spaces.

“Danville continues to exemplify the profound impacts that downtown revitalization can have on
communities and regional economies, and we applaud them for their efforts to create a vibrant
community to live, work, and visit,” said Bryan Horn, Director of Danville Housing and Community Development.