The Downtown Insider Archive


  • May 3rd
  • Lucy Simms Mural Dedication & More
  • April 21st
    Taste of Downtown Edition
  • April 6th
    Downtown is open on Sundays
  • March 8th
    HDR's Vision and Strategy, Friends' Event: Train Depot Tour
  • February 9th
    Spotlight on Sparrows Flowers and Valentine's Day
  •  February 1st
    Behind the scenes of Ruby's Arcade and the former executive director's next steps
  • January 8th
    Introduction of Andrea Dono, new executive director and January events

The Downtown Insider is our monthly e-newsletter distributed to more than 2,800 businesses and community members.   

  • October 7th
    Hotel and Conference Center Update and Upcoming News and Events
  • September 20th
    HDR Launches "Back the Burg"
  • August 23rd
    Craft Beer Month, Block Party and more.
  • August 09th
    Help us beat Charlottesville for Top Outdoor Town
  • July 22nd
    New businesses opening downtown, Valley Fourth wrap-up and more.
  • June 21st
    Valley Fourth Edition
  • June 7th
    Downtown businesses receive praise, Be a part of Valley Fourth and more
  • May 17th
    Renaissance Night, Beerwerks Trail and Business Resources

On The Blog

Podcasts & Interviews:

Hello Harrisonburg is a local podcast hosted by board member Kai Degner. Episodes feature interviews with people making Harrisonburg rock: entrepreneurs, artists, business professionals, nonprofit leaders, students, advocates, and our amazing community members. 


Awards & Designations

2014: Downtown named Great American Main Street award winner by National Main Street Center
2014: Downtown was designated Virginia's first Culinary District
2004: Downtown was designated a Virginia Main Street Community and a National and Virginia Historic District           
Downtown was designated Virginia's first Arts & Cultural District

2015 Annual Report

View HDR's annual reports.
What do these numbers mean? Read here