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Rocktown Rockstars Take II

February 27, 2019 by Noelle Dondero

These local businesses and people are the backbone of the downtown Harrisonburg community. Read about their contributions to our city and why they received this well-deserved recognition at this year's Celebration & Reception. more

Top 5 Highlights of 2018

December 31, 2018 by Kim Kirk

2018 was an amazing year for downtown and our organization. There were a lot of fun and memorable moments, but here's some of our favorites! more

Creating a Destination

October 11, 2018 by Lauren Huber

The Destination Downtown Grant was created to beautify, add vibrancy, and introduce new experiences to downtown Harrisonburg. We invited the community to join us in making downtown an ever-stronger destination for locals and visitors alike. It was hard to choose among the 25 applications, but a panel of community members helped us narrow it down so we could award nine grants that will help us put $25,000 directly into the heart of our city. more

Local Ash Tree Finds New Home in HDR Office

August 23, 2018 by Kim Kirk

In approximately six weeks, two conference tables made of local wood will become the centerpiece of HDR's Office. The tables are being made from a local ash tree that was removed from Heritage Golf Course. more

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