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Dream Launch

The River District Association has launched its entrepreneur program once more! Entrepreneurs seeking to open brick and mortar businesses in the River District in Danville, VA may register for the program and will be required to attend all sessions of our ‘Entrepreneur Boot Camp’, an intensive workshop that will meet once per week for 6 weeks beginning in January, to teach participants a full slate of skills and information that business owners need. Participants that complete boot camp may then elect to participate in “Pitch Night” to compete for cash and other incentives. Once the pitch is complete, the entrepreneurs that successfully present the most viable and sustainable plans, including capital investment and job creation, will be chosen to move forward in opening their business. RDA will stay involved with the selected businesses, assist with summer grand openings, and match them with mentors in the community.

Click here to register for Dream Launch 2020! 

Façade Improvement Program

RDA is proud to announce that we are accepting applications for our Façade Improvement Grant (FIG) Program. This program is designed to assist property and business owners in rehabilitating facades for commercial buildings and businesses in the River District. Positive visual impact stimulates private investment, and complements other community development efforts. We want to provide you with the resources to improve the exterior appearance of your business. Click the title above to download an application. 

River District Design Commission

The River District Design Commission is a seven member board appointed by the City Council to review all new construction, exterior renovations, and signs undertaken in Danville's River District. For more information, view the River District Design Guidelines (PDF)

There is no fee when you submit an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness (PDF). Applications should be submitted in the Planning Division offices located on the second floor of the Municipal Building. For more information or a map of the area (PDF) call the Planning Division at 434-799-5260. To apply to serve on this Board, please fill out our online application.

Economic Development

Are you interested in opening a new business here in Danville? There are numerous resources available to get that process started and assist with various needs. Please visit the economic development website for more information.