The Old Town Development Board and the City of Winchester have been recognized by the Virginia Main Street program with their Milestone Achievement Award, an honor given for creating a climate that has encouraged more than $110 million in private investment in the city’s historic commercial district. Old Town Winchester’s Downtown Manager Jennifer Bell and Stan Corneal were presented the award by Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng at a ceremony on March 22nd at Richmond’s Hippodrome Theater.
“Virginia main streets are thriving because of the collaboration between public and private sector, local and state governments and the citizens of each community getting involved to make their downtowns an attractive place to live, work and play,” said Cheng.
The Virginia Main Street program provides assistance and training to help communities increase their economic vitality of their downtown economic districts. Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development Director Bill Shelton stated that, “In the last five years, designated Main Street communities have sparked more than $252 million in private investment in their districts. As a result, last year, there was a net collective gain of 424 jobs across the 25 Main Street downtown districts.”
Currently there are 25 designated Virginia Main Street communities: Abingdon, Altavista, Bedford, Berryville, Blackstone, Bristol, Culpeper, Farmville, Franklin, Harrisonburg, Hopewell, Luray, Lynchburg, Manassas, Marion, Martinsville, Orange, Radford, Rocky Mount, Saint Paul, South Boston, Staunton, Warrenton, Waynesboro and Winchester.
For more information about Old Town Winchester, contact Jennifer Bell, Downtown Manager, at 540-535-3660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.