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Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. and the Town of Culpeper receive Virginia Main Street Milestone Awards for volunteer and private investment in downtown revitalization efforts - March 20, 2014

Richmond – On Wednesday, March 19, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. (CRI) and the town of Culpeper were presented with a Virginia Main Street Milestone Achievement Award for the dedication of over 30,000 volunteer hours to the revitalization of the downtown and for creating an environment that has encouraged more than $55 million in private investment in the town’s historic commercial district. The awards were presented at Richmond’s historic Hippodrome Theater.

At the ceremony that focused on the results of Main Street efforts, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones spoke to the audience of nearly 90 downtown revitalization volunteers and professionals from around the state about the visible results of their hard work.

“This year, you have been thinking outside of the box and using entrepreneurship as a keystone to successful downtown revitalization,” said Secretary Jones. “With entrepreneur development strategies like business boot camps and even an Ideaspace, you are bringing new ventures and amazing growth to your downtowns.”

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Director Bill Shelton said, “In the last five years, designated Main Street communities have sparked more than $217 million in private investment in their districts.” Shelton continued, “As a result, last year, there was a net collective gain of 453 jobs across the 25 Main Street downtown districts.”

"Entrepreneurship is key to revitalizing our communities. Given the proper support, anybody can pursue their dream of starting a business,” said keynote speaker Toan Nguyen, co-Founder of Impact Investment Consulting, C’ville Central, Community Investment Collaborative and C’ville Coffee. “Communities that are participating in Virginia Main Street are in a unique position to leverage their organizational skills, contacts and methodology to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit in their communities."

Kelsey Carlson, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. Board President states “We are always grateful for the private investors, who have chosen to invest their money in our community and have contributed in our achievement of this milestone. One specific project that needs to be spotlighted is the renovation of our historical State Theatre; the investment in this project was a large factor in our achievement and is an unmeasurable addition to the Culpeper Downtown.”

Jonathan Krawchuk, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. Board member states “30,000 volunteer hours, simply put, is people caring about their community. Without the generous help of the Community, Culpeper Renaissance could not be as successful as we have been.”

Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. (CRI) uses the National Main Street Center's successful Four-Point Approach® of Promotion, Organization, Economic Revitalization, and Design as the foundation for local initiatives to revitalize the economic vitality of the downtown commercial district.

CRI Downtown Promotions take place in many forms including advertising, special events throughout the year and marketing campaigns to communicate Culpeper's unique businesses and special activities occurring downtown. Promotions are a key component of attracting the entire community to enjoy all that downtown has to offer, as well as new businesses and investors. This is also a big contributing factor to theEconomic Revitalization. The Organization aspect drives consensus among those in the downtown commercial district in the form of committees and through volunteer-driven revitalization programs. Without the organization of these groups promotions would not be possible. Design is critical to creating and maintaining a safe, inviting environment for shoppers, workers and visitors of the downtown commercial district. This includes giving attention to the rehabilitation of historic buildings providing guidance in the areas of new developmentand long-term preservation. Overall, CRI and the National Main Street Center's Four-PointApproach is instrumental in highlighting the downtown and showcasing a vibrant and appealing retail enterprise while maintaining the historic charm of Culpeper.

Currently, there are 25 designated Virginia Main Street communities: Abingdon, Altavista, Ashland, Bedford, Berryville, Blackstone, Bristol, Culpeper, Farmville, Franklin, Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Hopewell, Luray, Lynchburg, Manassas, Marion, Martinsville, Orange, Saint Paul, South Boston, Staunton, Warrenton, Waynesboro and Winchester.

The Virginia Main Street program, managed by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, provides assistance and training to help communities increase the economic vitality of their downtown commercial districts. Virginia Main Street uses the National Main Street model to help communities revitalize their downtowns by focusing on their unique heritage and attributes. The program helps communities implement a comprehensive revitalization strategy that creates economic growth and pride in downtowns.

For more information about Virginia Main Street program, call (804) 371-7030 or visit www.dhcd.virginia.gov/MainStreet.

For more information about Culpeper Renaissance, Inc., call (540) 825-4416 or visit www.culpeperdowntown.com .


Back With More Brews: Culpeper’s Second Annual 'Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest' Craft Beer Festival - April 26, 2014

Culpeper, VA. Culpeper Renaissance Inc. (CRI) is proud to serve up its second annual beer festival this April. With the excitement still surrounding 2013’s Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest, attendees palettes’ can look forward to 10 more breweries on tap and a wider variety of mouth-watering local food. Located in the historic Downtown Culpeper area, this craft beer festival is sure to be nothing but “gnarly.”

Taking place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from Noon – 6:00 PM in the Spencer Street Parking Lot, the Gnarly Hops brewfest returns with live music and over 70 different beer selections. Sample Virginia and nationally brewed beers, including area favorites like Devil's Backbone, Starr Hill, Blue Mountain, and Wild Wolf Brewing Company. Bold Rock Hard Cider will again be available in two refreshing flavors: Hard Apple and Draft Cider. A few well-known out-of-towners will also be on draft, like Goose Island, Sweet Water, Omegang, and Lagunitas Brewing Company. CRI guarantees there will be a craft beer to suit any taste– beer enthusiasts might even find a new favorite!
Kelsey Carlson, President of CRI, is eagerly anticipating the arrival of this year’s beerfest. “Planning has been in the works for months. We’re thrilled to be bringing back a majority of the breweries from last year and welcoming many new additions.I have no doubt that attendees will be impressed with the committee’s craft beer selections.”

Culpeper, a Great American Main Street Award winner, boasts delicious local eats that will also be on hand to accompany the cold brews. Food from Glory Days, Kababs‘N’More, Piedmont Steakhouse, and many more. Live music by Shenandoah Alley will kick off the festivities followed by "the genuine songwriting and voice" of Bryan Elijah Smith & the Wild Hearts with a special guest appearance by Krista Polvere. A variety of hip local artisans will be attending the event as well, presenting their unique, handcrafted goods, furniture and jewelry to festivalgoers.

With only a limited number of advanced tickets available for the Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest, CRI is encouraging those 21-and-older who would like to attend to purchase tickets early to ensure a spot at this popular downtown event. Advance tickets are available for $25 and may be purchased now at Culpeper Cheese Company, Vinosity (both located on Davis Street in downtown Culpeper) and Randy’s Flowers (211 West Evans Street) and on the web at www.gnarlyhops.eventbrite.com.
$5 non-drinking tickets will be available for purchase at the gate on the day of the event.

All are welcome, but please remember no pets and no coolers. The Gnarly Hops & Barley Fest is made possible through generous friends and supporters, such as the Town of Culpeper; Culpeper Times; Best Western – Culpeper Inn; Bold Rock Hard Cider; Gayheart & Willis, P.C.; Green Roost; Goose Island; Vinosity; Virginia Eagle Distributing; and Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson.

If you’re looking for the most dynamic beer tasting experience in Central Virginia, then come thirsty and ready to enjoy a day at downtown Culpeper’s signature craft beer festival. For more information please contact Culpeper Renaissance at (540) 825-4416 or http://www.culpeperdowntown.com/beerfest.html, visit us on the web at www.gnarlyhops.com www.facebook.com/gnarlyhops and follow us on Twitter @gnarlyhops.

VOLUNTEERS!!   -  January 1, 2014

CRI has numerous volunteer opportunitties for volunteering! Whether you like to sit and stuff envelopes or are up to organizing an entire festival, we welcome your energy and talents! New to town? Volunteering is a great way to begin and forge new friendships. Please contact CRI if you are interested in the following: Gnarly Hops & Barley Fest, 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series, Farmer's Market, 4th of July Car & Bike Show, Taste of Culpeper, Culpeper Downtown Holiday Open House, Downtown Culpeper Carnivale, Design Committee, Promotions Committee, Economic Restructuring Committee, or Organization Committee. Be a part of the Culpeper Community, volunteer! Contact CRI at 540-825-4416 or crievents@culpeper

Become a Fan on Facebook!  -  January 1, 2014

Keep up with the latest Culpeper Downtown happenings such as in-store promotions, concerts, wine and beer tastings, car & bike shows and so much more by becoming a fan of the Culpeper Renaissance Inc. Facebook page. We look forward to keeping you in the loop!

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