The Blacksburg Partnership believes that vibrant commercial and retail sectors are essential to modern living. A town should offer diverse shopping and dining opportunities for citizens and visitors. But a town’s character is much more than shopping. Downtowns and other commercial sectors create welcoming spaces for communal interaction. They are places to gather, enjoy entertainment, and participate in civic life.
The Partnership seeks to give action and voice to many recommendations in the town’s master plan. We will focus on downtown revitalization, business corridor improvements, and retail and urban economic development.
The Partnership will work to revitalize and optimize underused existing commercial properties within town limits in order to preserve green space and facilitate quality development. Blacksburg’s commercial corridors along North Main Street, Downtown, and South Main Street, along Prices Fork Road, and along University Center Boulevard can and should offer much more in the form of retail, commercial, and entertainment opportunities.
Quality of life issues often undergird economic development decisions. The Partnership will seek to create or support projects that may not have a commercial model or create tax revenue, but improve the overall quality of life in Blacksburg. This is consistent with 21st century economic development principles where high quality talent and high quality businesses are drawn to areas with natural beauty and superior quality of life.
The Partnership will promote the Town of Blacksburg to prospective retailers and serve as a liaison between the Town and the development community. It will facilitate the development process by assisting others or by actively creating opportunities of its own accord. It will catalyze comprehensive high quality development that might not otherwise be achievable by traditional means.