Community Enhancement Program

The Town of Cape Charles Community Enhancement Program is based on the Virginia Main Street Program.   The Virginia Main Street Program is a preservation-based economic and community development program that follows the National Main Street Center’s Main Street Approach™.  Virginia Main Street offers a range of services and assistance to meet the variety of needs of communities interested in revitalization.

The focal point of the program is assistance to competitively selected communities that are working in traditional downtown settings and meet certain threshold criteria. Communities with a population of 75,000 or less with a high degree of commitment and readiness that wish to use the Main Street Approach™ in a traditional downtown setting may apply for formal Virginia Main Street designation.  For communities that are just getting started, do not want full Main Street designation, or for communities that wish to use the Main Street Approach™ in compact, pedestrian-oriented commercial settings, there is an Affiliate Program. Communities of any size, counties, and cities with neighborhood commercial districts may participate in the Affiliate Program.

The Cape Charles Town Council supports the Virginia Main Street initiative and the town joining the program as a Community Affiliate member.  The goal of a Community Affiliate is to employ the Main Street Approach in the development of the organizational stability and public-private partnerships necessary for successful administration of a downtown revitalization program.  Community Affiliate core services include: access to training by state and national downtown development experts; organizational structure development assistance; and eligibility for DHCD grants as available.  Affiliates have the opportunity to learn about best practices in the field and to network with peers from around the state. 

On July 6, 2017, the Cape Charles Town Council appointed a Community Enhancement Program Board.  The Board is initially charged with hiring a Community Enhancement Program Manager to assist them with organizing the program and applying to become a Virginia Main Street Community Affiliate.

Volunteer Committees: 

The Community Enhancement Board will also direct several volunteer committees.  The four core committees coincide with the Main Street Four Points - Economic Vitality, Design, Promotion and Organization.  In order to make this effort a success, the entire town needs to be involved and many volunteers will be needed to get this initiative off the ground.  Our strength and effectiveness is directly related to the involvement of volunteers.  The talent and energy that volunteers bring are critical components of the success of this program.  If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the Community Enhancement Program Volunteer Interest Form.


Additional information is available below:

January 7, 2016 - Town Council Work Session regarding Virginia Main Street - VMS Presentation

June 22, 2016 - Virginia Main Street Presentation with Ms. Jane Beasley - Video / Presentation

September 8, 2016 - Virginia Main Street Presentation with Ms. Felicia Hart - Presentation

Other Useful Links from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development: 



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