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Friendly City Fortune

May 9, 2018 by Andrea Dono

We’re a month into our second Friendly City Fortune raffle fundraiser and we wanted to continue building excitement by sharing the projects that last year’s raffle is funding. Raffle proceeds contribute towards projects that directly benefit Harrisonburg; align with community values expressed in surveys, Idea Pop Ups, and focus groups; and create a downtown that we all love. Here’s exactly how: more

National Downtown Small Business Week: Grants Announced to Downtown Businesses

May 1, 2018 by Susie Patrick

As this is National Small Business Week, it’s only fitting that downtown businesses should be rewarded for their hard work. We at HDR are thrilled to celebrate by making $36,700 in grant awards to local businesses along with four of our economic development partners. more

A Sneak Peek into Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center

April 25, 2018 by Susie Patrick

With opening day less than a week away, HDR got a sneak peek of Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center today. And, of course, we want to share it with you! more

Top 5 Noteworthy Moments Of 2016

January 13, 2017 by Kim Kirk

2016 was a pivotal year for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance. It was a year of reflection, change, and growth as an organization. Here's a look at some of our most memorable moments: more

So, The Revitalization Of Downtown Harrisonburg Is Done. Right?

March 27, 2016 by Guest

Often when I meet new people, they tell me about what downtown used to be like 15 years ago. They talk about how empty it was and marvel at our night-and-day transformation. The city and private developers have been hard at work investing almost $90 million downtown, and dedicated volunteers have given more than 90,000 hours of their time to the revitalization effort. Almost every week I am contacted by someone who wants to open a business here. more

HDR Announces New Executive Director

December 9, 2015 by Kim Kirk

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR) is pleased to announce the selection of Andrea Dono as its new executive director. Andrea will lead the organization in its continued efforts to spearhead downtown Harrisonburg’s growth and vitality. more

Bluestone Vineyard And Dynamic Aviation Fly HDR To Detroit, M

May 20, 2014 by Guest

On Sunday, May 18th, Mayor Ted Byrd, City Councilman Kai Degner, and members of the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance's Board of Directors, committees and staff were aboard three planes that touched down in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit was the location of the 2014 National Main Streets Conference, where more than 1,300 people gathered to reflect on the Main Street movement that is transforming cities across the U.S. more

Remembering An HDR Friend

May 1, 2014 by Kim Kirk

David Denman’s tragic death on March 26th was a tremendous loss to HDR, downtown, and as a very close friend and colleague, me personally. I wish to pay tribute to David’s life and remember his significant contribution. more