127 West Davis Street, Culpeper, VA 22701 • 540.825.4416 • email CRI
Designated in 1988, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. (CRI) is a member of the Virginia Main Street program. The main street program was organized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help revitalize the economic vitality of downtown commercial districts using the National Main Street Center's successful Four Point Approach.
The results have been remarkable - new businesses are opening, and investors are putting their money into once vacant buildings; tourists are visiting unique shops and restaurants, and residents are enjoying renewed community pride. Hundreds of jobs have been created and more than $45 million in private money has been invested in downtown since CRI's founding.
Design - CRI seeks to enhance the visual quality of downtown by addressing all design elements to create an appealing environment. Culpeper's downtown has a wealth of historic buildings and an eclectic array of architectural styles. Davis Street and the Depot have been cleaned up. Deteriorating buildings have been renovated and the Depot has been rehabilitated and serves as Culpeper's Visitor's Center and Conference Facility. Improved signage, hanging flower baskets, period street lighting and seasonal banners make downtown functional and attractive.
Promotions - CRI creates and markets a positive image based on the unique attributes of our downtown. CRI works to educate the community on why downtown revitalization makes economic sense, to correct misconceptions of downtown safety, and utilizes all forms of media to spread the word about exciting things that happen downtown. CRI strives to ensure that downtown Culpeper is the center of the community for fun events and activities.
Economic Restructuring - CRI's goal is to strengthen downtown's existing economic assets and find new uses for old buildings. Who shops downtown? Who would benefit from living downtown? What kinds of economic incentives will trigger investment? Questions like these are answered through market research allowing CRI to help existing businesses to become more successful and recruit new businesses to create a thriving commercial district.
Organization - CRI aims to build effective partnerships among all downtown stakeholders and the citizens of Culpeper. Successful downtown revitalization requires many partners and a broad base of volunteers working together to realize the vision created in our Downtown Master Plan. Join a CRI committee today and be part of our efforts to make Downtown Culpeper the place to be!