What is National Main Street®?
We all know what our Main Street looks like today. Not all of
us know what it looked like in the past or how it might look
in the future. Main Street represents the economic engine and
the core of the community. Main Streets are the places of
shared memory where people still come together to live, work,
shop and play.
A proven strategy for revitalization
A powerful network of linked communities
A national support program
When we talk about Main Street, we are thinking of real
places doing real work to revitalize their economies and
preserve their character. Specifically, National Main
Street® is three things:
Is there a Virginia Main Street Program?
Since 1985, Virginia Main Street, a program of the Virginia
Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), has
been helping localities revitalize the economic vitality of
historic downtown commercial districts. The results have been
remarkable. Entrepreneurs are opening new businesses,
investors are putting their money into once vacant buildings,
tourist are visiting new shops and restaurants, and residents
are enjoying renewed community pride.
What is the Main Street Four Point Approach™?
The guiding principles of the Main Street Four Point
Why does WRC need a MSP?
Warsaw was an economic center in earlier years. In the early
1900's merchandise was brought in by steamboat on the
Rappahannock River and distributed to other localities in the
Northern Neck. Richmond Road was referred to as Main Street
at that time. In 1927 the Downing Bridge changed the mode of
transportation and Warsaw became a bustling center of
commerce in the 1960's. Manufacturing added to the viability
of the local economy.
However, within the past few years, economic conditions have
taken a toll on Warsaw. Rappahannock Community College (RCC)
has served as a stabilizing "Jewel" through much of the
period of economic distress. New signs of vitality are slowly
beginning to appear along Richmond Road again. New
development is occurring near RCC. The potential for success
is reflected in the folowing facts: Since 1985, disignated
Main Street communities in the Commonwealth have generated
more than $600 million in private investment, completed more
than $4500 rehabilitation projects, and created more than
13,500 new jobs and 4600 new businesses.
WRC MSP is an organization dedicated to revitalizing Warsaw
and other areas of Richmond County in order to help grow
business, create jobs, increase tourism, and improve citizen
satisfaction. The success of a Main Street Program depends
upon the support of sponsors and volunteers who give their
time, talent, and cash or in-kind contributions. We are
grateful to our wonderful sponsors and citizen volunteers who
helped to make WRC MSP a great success in 2011.