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In The News

South Boston Featured In Current September 2018 Issue of Showcase Magazine


Mary Bagwell of Southern Plenty takes Iron Chef Competition honors


Grants aim to keep entrepreneurs in South Boston


Governor Northam Announces $172,000 in Virginia Main Street Grants


MATERS, MAYO AND BREAD - OH MY


Market to Celebrate 'Mater Sammich Day


Fireworks display concludes evening of Fourth festivities in South Boston


PHOTOS: South Boston celebrates July 4


ABC 13 - WSET Fireworks + Mother Nature in SoBo


Hospitality Workshop Coming July 12 in SoBo


Fourth of July Festivities Come With Fireworks


South Boston Ready to Show Off Red, White and Blue Spirit


450 attend South Boston Farmers Market celebration Saturday


South Boston Offers Classic Car Showcase


'Charlie Brown' Theme Selected for SoBo Parade


'Charlie Brown Christmas' Parade Theme Chosen



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About Destination Downtown South Boston

Destination Downtown South Boston, Inc. (DDSB) is a 501(c)(3) non profit volunteer-based Virginia Main Street Organization dedicated to the economic and cultural revitalization of downtown South Boston. (Tax I.D. 86-1166760)

South Boston is a designated Virginia Main Street Community, where DDSB follows the Main Street Four Point Approach developed by the National Main Street Center. Leadership of DDSB is provided by a volunteer Board of Directors, an active committee structure, as well as one full time Executive Director. Activities are focused in the areas of organization, economic restructuring, design, and promotion. DDSB's work plan items are based on these areas:

Organization Committee: Involves getting everyone working toward the same goal and assembling the appropriate human and financial resources to implement DDSB's Main Street revitalization program. The Board of Directors and Executive Director oversee the standing committee to make up the fundamental organizational structure of the organization. This structure not only divides the workload and clearly delineates responsibilities, but also builds consensus and cooperation between all stakeholders in an effort to meet our mission and objectives, to strengthen our Main Street program, and to improve the quality of life for the people who live, work and visit in downtown South Boston.

Promotion Committee: Sells a positive image of Downtown South Boston's commercial district and encourages consumers and investors to live, work, shop, play and invest in the Main Street district. By marketing the historic downtown district's unique characteristics to residents, investors, business owners, and visitors, an effective promotional strategy forges a positive image through advertising, retail promotional activity, special events, and marketing campaigns carried out by local volunteers. These activities improve consumer and investor confidence in the district and encourage commercial activity and investment in the area.

Design Committee: Gets South Boston's Main Street into top physical shape. Capitalizing on its best assets of unique physical assets and heritage, such as historic buildings and pedestrian oriented streets. An inviting atmosphere, created through attractive window displays, parking areas, building improvements, street furniture, signs, sidewalks, street lights, and landscaping, conveys a positive visual message about the commercial district and what it has to offer. Design activities also include instilling good maintenance practices in the commercial district, enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging appropriate new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning.

Economic Vitality Committee: Strengthens Downtown South Boston's existing economic assets while expanding and diversifying its economic base. The Main Street program helps sharpen the competitiveness of existing business owners and recruits compatible new businesses and new economic uses to build a commercial district that responds to today's consumers' needs. Converting unused or underused commercial space into economically productive property also helps boost the profitability of the district.

Click here to download DDSB's 2016 Annual Work Plan using the Four-Point approach.


 

DESTINATION DOWNTOWN SOUTH BOSTON MISSION STATEMENT

To ensure the long-term viability of the downtown area as a center of commerce, a source of civic activity and pride, a resource for attracting new businesses and residents, and a hub of educational and cultural opportunities. Critical to this effort is promoting a small-town quality of life, preserving historic resources, and capitalizing on South Boston’s unique heritage and hospitality.
 

Current list of Board of Directors for Destination Downtown South Boston, Inc. 2016

EXECUTIVE BOARD:

President - Gene Haugh
Vice President - Andy Newland - 3 Women Consignment, LLC
Secretary - Wayne Fuller - W.A. Fuller Menswear
Treasurer - Les Powell, III - Powell Funeral Home

BOARD:

Frank Fincher - Fincher's, Inc.
Carol Foster
Barney Newberry
Jayne Elliott
Bob Hughes - South Boston Town Council
Clint Johnson - Danville Community College
Brandee Lloyd - Team Nurse
Jewell S. Medley - Halifax United Way, Inc.
Lin Hite - Longwood Small Business Development Center
Tom Raab - Ex-Officio - South Boston Town Manager

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tamyra Vest