Happy New Year!  

2021 certainly had its trials, but overall as a community we have been very fortunate to weather the many storms and see some great progress taking place throughout our city. There seems to be a sense of optimistic urgency in the air, and for good reason - the pace of change will only continue to increase as we look into this new year.

This is also a moment to reflect on the work we do at RDA. While our efforts historically have been focused in the downtown area, it is important to remember that the time and funding that goes to improve the downtown district is ultimately to benefit all of the residents throughout our city. By improving the historic heart and soul of our community one block at a time, it attracts more private investment into downtown and allows for more business to open in close proximity. This leads to more activities that draw visitors and eventually creates the vibrancy necessary to become a destination location - all things that add additional revenue for the municipality. And that is the most important point - these additional funds are utilized to fund public services, safety, and education for all residents in Danville, not just in the downtown.

The work we do at RDA to create a place where people want to be also contributes to a higher quality of life. This is very important if we are to continue attracting the workforce that we will need for the many new jobs being created in our region. I have talked to many young people that moved away from Danville after high school, only to find themselves drawn back to the community because of the energy around the transformation that is taking place.  

While our organization is honored to be one of the leaders in redeveloping our downtown and re-imagining our community, it is only because of collaboration with all of YOU that this effort is successful. As some very wise minds have observed, you can bring all kinds of resources, programs, and services to people, but it only works if the people themselves engage. We are thankful that this community engages in so many ways, every single day. It is true that we don't always agree, but despite our differences we still take care of one another - and THAT is what makes Danville an All-American City - the people that live, work, play, and invest in it each day.  

In Gratitude,
Diana Schwartz, Executive Director
River District Association
River District News
RDA Board President Kelvin Perry, and Board Secretary Christy Harper congratulate this year's RDA Holiday Window Decorating Contest winners.
People's Choice:
Amburn and Company Salon
Owner: Jerry Amburn
Judge's Choice:
The Brick
Owner: Adam Jones
Thank you for coming to Christmas on the Plaza this year!
Happy New Year! HOME for the Holidays Edition
Did you watch this year's HOME for the Holidays series? We'd love to know what you thought!
And a big thank you to Lucia Video for creating this wonderful holiday and community celebration.
RDA's Communications and Events Manager earns a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Duke University
Kirsten Aherron completed the 9 month course, offered locally with the support of the Danville Regional Foundation, in December 2021. Congratulations!
The Danville Regional Foundation offers this educational opportunity yearly to local nonprofit leaders in Caswell County, Danville City, and Pittsylvania County. Visit their website for more information about this great local resource.
Thank you to Solex Architecture for sponsoring the RDA Façade Improvement Grant Program!
For more about the RDA Façade Improvement Grant Program visit the River District Association website.
Dream Launch Bootcamp
Registration is open for the 2022 cohort of the River District Association Dream Launch Bootcamp.

The RDA Dream Launch Bootcamp is for entrepreneurs who wish to learn more about opening, owning, and operating a business in the Dan River Region; the Bootcamp is also open to current businesses that would like to expand as well as those that would like to audit the courses to prepare for potentially opening a business in the future. There is no cost to participate.
RDA Dream Launch Bootcamp registration is open until January 14th. The six Bootcamp sessions are on Tuesdays, starting January 25th, from 6-8 pm via Zoom. 

Thank you to this year's supporters of the Dream Launch Program: Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Community Business Launch, The City of Danville, The Dan River Region Entrepreneurship Ecosystem, American National Bank, Movement Bank, Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, The Launch Place, Longwood Small Business Development Center.
Mornings on Main
In 2022 Mornings on Main will be moved to the 4th Monday of each month, at 10 am.

Up next...

January 24th - 10 am - VIRTUAL ONLY
Please note: We will be deciding on a month by month basis whether to have in person or virtual meetings.

Mark your Calendars

February 28th -
Guest Speakers: Barbara Fiedor (Assistant Director of Economic Development and Tourism), Lisa Merriweather (Tourism Director)

March 28th -
Guest Speaker: Amanda Paez (Chief Equity Officer, City of Danville)

April 25th
May 23rd
June 27th
River District Announcements and Promotions
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Danville Area is looking for mentor volunteers.
Call 434-792-3700 ext. 108 or visit BigLittleDanville.org for more information.
Covid-19 Testing Event at the Danville Farmer's Market
Address: 629 Craghead Street, Danville, VA 24541

Next scheduled testing event:

Tuesday, January 18th, 3pm-5pm

Open to the Public
PCR Tests
Results in 1-3 Days
Community Foundation of the Dan River Region - Scholarship Applications Opening January 1, 2022
The Community Foundation scholarship application cycle opens Saturday, January 1, 2022. Currently, The Community Foundation administers 59 separate endowed scholarship funds totaling over $7 million. Established by individuals or organizations, these funds help area students achieve their academic and career-oriented goals. For a complete list of our scholarships, please click here.

Scholarships may have specific guidelines, such as high school or college attended, merit, need, or field of study. This application cycle will close on March 1, 2022. Please click here for a list of frequently asked questions about the scholarship process. Contact Krystal Davis, Grant & Scholarship Administrator, at [email protected].
Funky's Arcade Bar is now open in the River District!
Funky's Arcade Bar is Danville Virginia premier Sports Bar and Arcade combination. They offer full bar service along with outstanding Craft Beer and Food selections. They also have a 12 Tap Self-Pour Beer Wall.

More information on their Facebook Page!
New Year, New Headshot event at Fashion Haus Studio - 525 Lynn Street, suite #107-
January 29th, 2022
Cost of $50

20 minute sessions

2 edited images

Time slots begin at 10 am

To book a session and get more information email [email protected]
River District Design is moving to 134 Watson Street.
We will miss them in the River District, but wish them the best of luck in their new location!

More info on their Facebook Page and website.
Blush and Bashful Waxing Spa now Blush and Glow Glow Spa has expanded and added facials.
Visit their new website www.blushandglowspa.com!
River District Event Calendar
Visit the River District Event Calendar to keep up with everything happening in the River District.

Visit the calendar to find community events, art classes, live music shows, and more...

Know of something not listed? Feel free to submit it to [email protected]

(RDA may still make decisions about which events can be included in the calendar - thank you for understanding!)
Job Openings in the River District
Infinity Global has multiple positions open. Learn more HERE.

Averett University has several staff openings. More information HERE.

Life Push LLC has openings for Holistic Youth and Family Advisors. More information HERE.

Me's Burgers and Brews is hiring: More information on their website.

The Danville Family YMCA is hiring for multiple positions. Stop by in person to apply, or visit their website for more information.

Piedmont Access to Health Services (PATHS): PATHS has open career opportunities. View them at:  https://www.pathsinc.org/careers/open-positions

The City of Danville: The city has quite a few career opportunities open. View them at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/danville
Download the River District App: Distrx
The River District App: Distrx is a great way to find dining, retails, and services in the River District.
Also, take a walking tour, participate in upcoming "apptivities" or check out the River District event calendar to see what's happening.

Thank you for enjoying the River District!
What is the River District Association?
Do you want to be a part of a thriving River District? RDA takes Board of Directors applications all year long. Fill out an interest form to be considered for the next board opening!
River District Association | www.riverdistrictassociation.com