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Paying It Forward: The American Dream (James Carter and Digital Minerva)

May 30, 2019 by Guest

Sometimes home is not a house or where we were born; instead, it becomes a place we create far from what was once familiar to us. In November of 2005, James Carter, along with his wife, Angela, and toddler, Eve, left his birthplace in the World Heritage Site and historical city of Bath, England, to create a home in the Shenandoah Valley. After visiting the area in years prior, the couple agreed that The Friendly City was a place they could build a life together. With only ten boxes of belongings, no housing, no transportation or solid job offers, James Carter took a risk which would ultimately result in him achieving The American Dream. Prior to moving to Harrisonburg, VA, the Carters initiated an online business for the sole purpose of funding their overseas move. The business, Parentbaby.com, sold pregnancy and baby products — the same products James’ spouse, Angela, purchased during her pregnancy while visiting her home of southern Virginia. These products were not easily found in the UK, and was James’ first instance in discovering his love for entrepreneurship and online marketing. This venture was the beginning of Carter’s passion for marketing, and would eventually lead to him opening his own full-service downtown Harrisonburg marketing agency, Digital Minerva. more

Celebrating Rocktown And All Of Its Rockstars

March 9, 2017 by Guest

Last week at our annual Celebration & Reception, we threw a party for all of the downtown rockstars. more

Downtown Business Honored At Celebration & Reception

March 7, 2017 by Guest

Last week, Ruby’s Arcade set the stage for one of downtown’s best parties of the year – Celebration & Reception. It’s our favorite event that we produce because we get to show our appreciation for the people, businesses, and partners who keep downtown thriving, as well as for our supporters who believe in HDR’s mission. It’s a great night of optimism, excitement, and gratitude; you’d expect nothing less from a room full of people who are passionate about our city. Plus, thanks to our sponsors, we had plenty of beer, wine, and tasty pizza and BBQ to elevate spirits. 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

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