When Virginia Highland District Association started in early 2018 as Beautify VaHi, we could not have imagined all of the incredible things we would soon be accomplishing. The entire journey has been fueled by the encouragement and offerings of residents like you, so thank you!
Now that we have officially filed for 501(c)(3) status, we can accept donations to strengthen our impact in the neighborhood. With your help, we can keep these efforts going strong in 2021.
|A Look Ahead at 2021|
Not to jinx it, but the Virginia Highland District Association already has booked our calendar for the year and we can’t wait to see ya’ll there.
Still in the planning stages, our committee chairs can’t give too many details, but we can definitely look forward to:
A weekly Virginia Highland Farmers Market
Virginia Highland Porchfest +5k (May 8)
Summer Food Truck First Fridays with live music
Summer Movie Nights in the Park
+ a year end festival!
More details to come. Stay connected with us on Facebook & Instagram, or by checking our website.
As we get into the swing of things and plan for a whole new year of goals and events, the board also thought it would be nice to reflect back on all the awesomeness that we packed into the last four months of 2020.
Since September 2020, VHDA has hosted its:
- First Food Truck Friday.
- First Movie Night in the Park.
- First Atkins Park planting, adding 40 new planters.
- First Restaurant Week Bingo.
- First Howl-o-ween Yappy Hour at Moe’s & Joe’s Tavern.
- First Candy Crawl sponsorship
- Fifth annual VaHi intersection planting, refreshing perennials with daffodil giveaway.
- First Shop Small Market around the VaHi intersection, 18 vendors.
- First Howl-iday Yappy Hour at Atkin’s Park.
- Second annual Stocking Stuffer Market with a record 40 local vendors from Atkins Park to Amsterdam-Highland.
Not to mention, we have on-boarded of 10 amazing new board members who’ve worked hard on these events, as well as other important projects.
- Started a petition calling for neighborhood support and unity, that received over 1,700 signatures.
- Reached out to landlords and potential businesses requested by residents to create a relationship across the district.
- Rebranded all of our marketing and social networks to Virginia Highland District.
- Reworked our website to include our rebranding, regular updates on our activities, and profiles for the local businesses.
- Submitted our application for tax-exempt status.
- Got published in INtown Atlanta for our efforts.
- Interviewed for an article in Atlanta Magazine.
- Co-sponsored an online marketplace with Creative Loafing for VaHi small businesses.
- Co-sponsored a GoFundMe to “support VaHi businesses” with VHCA.
- Installed new VA-HI photo opportunity sign at North Highland Park.
It is truly exciting to look back at all of our accomplishments and attempts to unite and invigorate our small business corridor.
In 2021, we look forward to bringing consistent, high quality events as well as investing in the public spaces of our business corridor.
In our mission of economic research and development, our goals include merging all existing master plans and working with neighboring nonprofits to advocate for investment into the Virginia Highland Business District, as well as continue to help curate potential businesses with available spaces.
In our mission of beautification and maintenance, our goals include upgrades in lighting along North Highland Avenue, public art, and doubling our existing planters with two additional planting sessions.