Nelson County is one of 16 communities in the Commonwealth to receive a total of $ 200,000 in grants from Virginia Main Street to support projects to revitalize these communities and expand business opportunities.
The county received $ 7,000 from the 2022 Virginia Main Street Community Vitality grant for market research of the Lovingston area, according to a state press release. Nelson County will conduct a market analysis and retail gap analysis with an outside consultant to guide business development in the village, according to the release notes.
“The goal is to generate a unique redevelopment strategy that sets Lovingston apart and becomes a base for physical upgrades and promotional activities,” the statement said.
Community Vitality Grants were awarded to four projects totaling $ 28,000.
The 16 winning projects will also mobilize nearly $ 500,000 in additional local and other non-state resources, the statement said.
“These grants will go a long way in revitalizing the downtown business and shopping districts, while preserving their unique historic character,” Governor Ralph Northam said in the statement.
Commerce and Commerce Secretary Brian Ball said in the statement that the Virginia Main Street program has spurred economic development through the revitalization of historic neighborhoods for more than three decades.