From the Executive Director….
Get ready for another exciting year as you renew your DDSB partnership for 2019!
Here are a few of the accomplishments, milestones, achievements, and downtown happenings in the past calendar year 2019 –
A major streetscape project of replacement of a portion of the Bradford Pears started in 2018. Partnering with the Town of South Boston Public Works Department and the South Boston Rotary Club, 19 new Regal Prince Oaks were planted.
New trashcans were purchased with the South Boston logo embedded in them to match the benches.
Received a $15,000 Downtown Improvement Grant for the South Boston Keep Entrepreneurs Program, an initiative to educate, inspire, retain, and assist entrepreneurs.
Received $6,000 Networking Grant to address training and resource needs of small business by expanding a Mentor Network of individuals who will share their knowledge and expertise.
A Hospitality Workshop was held in July with Vincent Magnini on Delivering Memorable Experiences Downtown.
Hosted a Virginia Main Street Regional Rev-Up in April with Matt Wagner on Opportunity Analysis and Walking Tour: Economic Vitality.
Applied for a $25,000 Feasibility Study for 210 Factory Street.
Continued planning for the renovation of the John Randolph Hotel. Received a completed Feasibility Study for 323 Main Street, the building located next to the John Randolph Hotel. Continued to work on John Randolph Area Redesign.
Held a Business After Hours /Downtown Mixer for networking.
Assisted the South Boston Farmers Market.
Partnering with the Halifax County Department of Tourism, the 1st SoBo Brew Fest was held in May. Partnering with the Town of South Boston and the County of Halifax, a 4th of July Parade, Celebration and Fireworks was held on the 4th of July. Partnering with several area car clubs, a successful Downtown South Boston Cruz-In was held in October. Downtown SoBo Trail of Treats was held on Saturday, October 27.
Other promotions held in 2018 include a Movies on Main held in May. The 27th Annual Harvest Festival was held in September and a Veterans Day Parade in November. Partnered with the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Halifax on Small Business Saturday. The 32nd Annual Christmas Open House was held in November, and A Charlie Brown Christmas was the theme for the South Boston Christmas Parade in December.
We work continuously on Economic Vitality ideas for our downtown, especially on our existing business base as well as our vacant properties.
Your donations allow DDSB to work to reawaken downtown – to constantly and consistently work on improving the appearance and upkeep of downtown, work on promoting the downtown district, and work on retaining and recruiting businesses.
As a partner of Destination Downtown South Boston not only do you get an opportunity to grow your business but it says that you are taking a vested interest in your community and have the satisfaction that you are helping the Historic District grow and prosper!
We would like to thank our supporters, businesses, volunteers, sponsors, and community partners for their help and support over the past year!
We look forward to hearing from you.
Destination Downtown South Boston, Inc.