Historic Manassas, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) charitable, non-profit corporation funded by private donations and the City of Manassas. Since February 1986, Historic Manassas, Inc. has been leading the revitalization and promotion of Historic Downtown Manassas.
A Virginia Main Street Organization
In 1986, Manassas was selected to join the Virginia Main Street Program, which provides the historic district with architectural and marketing advice from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Division of Historic Resources.
Historic Manassas, Inc. also adopted, as its mission statement, a four-point approach of organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring as recommended by the Virginia Main Street Program.
Promotion is perhaps the most active facet of the program; some major promotional events sponsored by Historic Manassas include the Farmers’ Market, the 4th of July Celebration, the Fall Jubilee, and the Wine and Jazz Festival. The design facet of the program is important in providing visual unity to Historic Downtown to enhance its identity as a place.
The most significant contribution of the economic restructuring is the recruitment package for new businesses and the database of available space in the historic district.
Historic Manassas also has a contract with the City to operate the Visitor Center, which is open seven days a week. As a Visitor Center we provide information on Historic Downtown and local attractions. We have relocation packets available for individual residents that need information on taxes, sites of interest, schools, places of worship, etc.
What Has Historic Manassas, Inc. Accomplished?
Historic Manassas, Inc. was formed to promote a positive image of Historic Downtown Manassas and to perpetuate its revitalization. To reach these goals, the organization proudly plays a leadership role in community issues. Historic Manassas, Inc. also acts as a clearinghouse for valuable information and services that retailers and property owners can use to improve their businesses and buildings.
Historic Manassas, Inc. promotes Historic Downtown Manassas by sponsoring special events throughout the year to bring local residents and visitors downtown, and to reinforce the identity of the historic area. Historic Manassas, Inc. also organizes a co-op advertising program for the businesses, making both television and print advertising affordable to small business owners.
Historic Manassas, Inc. has been instrumental in providing Historic Downtown Manassas with a unifying visual concept to enhance its identity. The historic district is identified through facade design, new construction design, and distinctive signage. Historic Manassas, Inc. sponsors the banners on the lamp posts, and works closely with the Beautification Committee and the Manassas Garden Club to plant flowers along the streets.
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