HDR Seeking Director of Development

Do you love Downtown as much as we do? Apply now!

HDR has a rare opening on our team for a Director of Development. If you love downtown, building relationships, and fund raising, don't miss this opportunity to join our organization. We would like to fill this position quickly so apply today! We offer full healthcare benefits and pay 70% of the premiums, a 3% match for retirement, generous paid leave, and a flexible and fun work environment.

Taste of Downtown

March 9-15, 2020

Downtown Harrisonburg’s week-long celebration of Virginia’s first culinary district is back! Come downtown for a week of food, drink, and fun, including prix fixe menus, specials and deals, exclusive items available only during Taste of Downtown, and a sneak peek of some exciting changes coming to some of your favorite downtown spots. See the directory linked below for menus and more details!

Denton Building Resources

Learn how you can get involved

The Denton Building is being considered for demolition as part of our judicial system’s future expansion. Here are the presentations and a recap from our January 21 Denton Building Community Informational Session with Dr. Carole Nash at Hotel Madison, as well as more information on how you can get involved.

Explore Downtown

Voted "Best Thing About Harrisonburg" by Daily News-Record Readers

Explore nearly 40 restaurants, one-of-a-kind shops and fun attractions for everyone!

Building a Downtown Together

Get involved and be a part of downtown's success story.

Everyone benefits from a prosperous, vibrant downtown. Our community was a much different place when HDR got started than where it is today.  Downtown’s success comes from having an organization lead the charge and having the support and participation of dedicated customers, partners, business owners, and volunteers. 

Together, we keep downtown’s momentum going. Help continue writing downtown’s success story by getting involved in our organization.

The Making Space: Monthly Art and Community at the Lucy F. Simms School

By Katie Mitchell / Photos by Philip Meador: Remember that Disney/Pixar movie Ratatouille, the one where a rat lives inside a chef’s hat and shows the chef how to cook? The idea of rodents anywhere near my food is repulsive, but somehow I found myself loving those little scoundrels by the end of the film. The best part, of course, is when the food critic Anton Ego finally relaxes and reveals a covert truth: “In the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.” He admits, at last, what renowned chef Auguste Gusteau stated at the beginning of the film, that “anyone can cook.” Those words are a distant shout to the ordinary guy who aspires to greatness, arriving only as a barely audible yet soul-stirring whisper: JUST TRY. So often a fear of failure or criticism keeps us from trying something new. But the creators of Harrisonburg’s Making Space sincerely believe anyone can create, and they invite you and everyone you know to check your fears at the door and enjoy a couple of hours of free, low-stakes art-making.