The town of Cape Charles was recognized on Wednesday afternoon as the first town in the Commonwealth to be awarded the Downtown Designation under the Virginia Main Street Pilot Program.
Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball came to Cape Charles to make the announcement:
Cape Charles began the Main Street Program process approximately two years ago and has since welcomed 11 new businesses to its historic downtown area on Mason Avenue. Shelley Gorman is currently the Program Manger of Main Street Cape Charles and Tammy Holloway, Andy Buckholz, Donna Moyer, Bill Stramm, Mollie Pickiron, Elizabeth Dodd Russell and Carol Evans serve as board members.
The Virginia Main Street Program is a preservation-based economic and community development program that follows the Main Street Approach by the National Main Street Center. Virginia Main Street offers a range of services and assistance to communities interested in revitalizing their historic commercial districts. While the program was designed to address the need for revitalization and on-going management of smaller to mid-sized downtowns, aspects of the Main Street Approach may be applied successfully in other commercial settings. The program is operated under the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.