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South Boston gets $15,000 to support Main Street program

SoVaNow.com / August 06, 2018
South Boston is receiving a $15,000 grant to support its Main Street program and ongoing efforts to support entrepreneurship in the downtown district.

On Thursday, Gov. Ralph Northam announced $132,000 in Virginia Main Street grants will be distributed to seven projects in the towns of Abingdon and South Boston and the cities of Bristol, Danville, Fredericksburg, Lynchburg and Winchester.

According to Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Brian Ball, “in the last five years, designated Virginia Main Street communities have generated more than $272 million in private investment in their downtown districts. The Virginia Main Street program has been revitalizing our downtown communities for more than 33 years and through these grants, we are continuing that hard work to create inviting downtowns to live, work and visit.”

The Main Street program was adopted in 1985 to help prevent downtown districts across the Commonwealth from economic decline. The unique program works to re-energize economic development while utilizing cultural assets and character.

“We’re on a roll in Downtown South Boston,” said Tamyra Vest, Main Street program director. “And this grant helps us to continue that roll,” she noted, pointing out the effect the program has allowed the town to open new businesses in the downtown area.

The South Boston program which is named a Keep Entreprepreneurs Program (KEP) is an exciting new initiative to educate, inspire, retain, and assist South Boston entrepreneurs with the tools and skills necessary to keep turning their passions into profits.

It also helps retain businesses by helping them identify their resource gaps, and strategies to sustain the entrepreneurs through guidance, support, customized consultations, and training to help provide the tools, services and financing to keep them in a healthy environment.


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