PROJECTS & PROGRAMS

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PROMOTE DOWNTOWN & INCREASE VISITATION

Dynamic & Exciting Events

Downtown Ashland Association sponsors, organizes, and supports a variety of events each year that promote our historic downtown. Our signature events (Ashland Train Day and Light Up the Tracks) and community-building events (Untold Stories, Ashland Easter egg hunt, bicycle tours, etc.) create dynamic one-of-kind attractions that bring visitors and residents into downtown and leave a lasting impression.

Marketing Initiatives

There is always something new or something to do in Downtown Ashland. Through social media, news media, our website, newsletter and advertising, we keep folks in the know. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and subscribe to “Get Centered” our email newsletter here.


ENHANCE PUBLIC SPACES & HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Walkability

From street lights to planters to expanded sidewalks, Downtown Ashland Association works with the Town and urban planners to make Ashland’s downtown welcoming and easy to navigate.

Preserving Character

Downtown Ashland Association supports initiatives that recognize our unique history and preserve the character of downtown, including close partnerships with Ashland Museum and Hanover County Black Heritage Society.


SUPPORT BUSINESS GROWTH

Business Communications

By providing resources, workshops, and regular communication on issues that may impact our businesses, Downtown Ashland Association provides support to create a business-friendly environment downtown.

Eat & Shop Local

Downtown Ashland Association promotes patronage of Ashland businesses through our events and marketing, plus partnerships with Market Ashland Partnership and Hanover Chamber of Commerce.


CREATE COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Strategic Partnerships

Downtown Ashland Association strives to engage all segments of our community. We partner with local business, non-profit and religious organizations, along with the Town of Ashland and Hanover County. Our partnerships extend to Virginia Main Street and Main Street America, to learn successful strategies from other communities

Volunteer Opportunities

The work of Downtown Ashland Association would not be possible without an army of dedicated and passionate volunteers that quite literally, keep the trains running. From retirees to college students, we bring together the people who believe in this community and put them to work. Learn more about volunteering with us here.