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  • Media Mentions 

    Click here to check out recent mentions of the Heart of Danville in the media. 

  • Updates

    Have you heard the latest from the Heart of Danville? Check out our special updates, press releases and business stories here. 

  • Making Danville A Place

    May 11, 2017

    The Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership is in the midst of an economic development strategic plan. The hired consultant has defined economic development as a series of strategic actions and investments made by a jurisdiction (or group of jurisdictions) with the intent of leveraging public assets to attract private investment targeted towards improving the financial, fiscal, and economic well-being of the community. I think this definition fits for many communities, but I have constantly found myself questioning where does this put the organizations that are traditionally seen as community development?...

  • Heart of Danville welcomes Wyatt as Marketing Manager 

    April 20, 2017 
    The Heart of Danville is happy to welcome John Wyatt as its new Marketing Manager. "I am excited to welcome John to the team," says Executive Director Nick Wade.
  • Heart of Danville announces 2017 Events Calendar 

    March 9, 2017

    The Heart of Danville is thrilled to announce our 2017 schedule of events, which includes traditional favorites and exciting new additions. 

  • HOD Now Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards

    February 17, 2017

    The Heart of Danville is seeking nominations for their 2017 Downtown Revitalization Awards to honor the many loved, cherished businesses and people of Downtown Danville. 

  • Heart of Danville Main Street program names new director 

    February 16, 2017

    The Heart of Danville Main Street Program recently named Interim Director, and former Project Manager, Nicholas Wade as the new Executive Director of the organization.

  • And the numbers are in... 

    January 26, 2017

    Danville's Main Street continues to be a prime area of investment activity. Annually, the Heart tracks downtown revitalization efforts through financial investments and job and business growth, and the numbers for 2016 are in...

  • Heart of Danville board members meet for 2017 strategic planning session 

    January 19, 2017

    On January 13, members of the Heart of Danville board of directors met at the brand new Holiday Inn Express on the Danville bypass to discuss planning for 2017. Dr. Patrick Noltemeyer, Special Assistant to the President at Centre College, facilitated the discussion, which included topics such as outlining attainable goals for the year ahead, and developing and finalizing committee vision and mission statements...
  • UK students to deliver presentations on historic homes in Danville

    December 15, 2016

    A group of students from the University of Kentucky have spent the last semester researching a handful of historic homes in Danville. They will be speaking about their findings this Thursday, December 15 in the Community Room of the Boyle County Public Library from 4:00 to 6:30 PM...
  • Spread the Holiday Cheer in Danville on December 9 

    December 1, 2016

    On December 9, there will be no shortage of great events happening around Danville to get kids from 1 to 92 in the holiday spirit. December 9 will be the last Love Local Friday of the year, and the Boyle County Public Library and Heart of Danville will be hosting Parent's Night Out to help those parents who might like to do a little kid-free shopping downtown...
  • November 26 proclaimed Shop Small Saturday by City of Danville

    November 17, 2016

    As a show of support for local small businesses, the City Commissioners of the City of Danville and Mayor Mike Perros have proclaimed November 26, 2016 as Shop Small Saturday. The Saturday following Thanksgiving has in recent years become known as Small Business Saturday across the country, with shoppers specifically visiting smaller establishments in their communities, which are also often locally-owned retailers and restaurants...
  • Help Santa and the Heart of Danville on December 2

    November 10, 2016

    November keeps rolling right along, which means the big jolly elf himself will be back in Danville soon! We're very excited about Santa's Winter Workshop and Tree Lighting at Weisiger Plaza on December 2, 5:30-8:00 pm, where you'll be able to enjoy holiday music, hot chocolate, kettle corn and more...
  • Heart of Danville to host Entrepreneur Panel on November 3 

    October 27, 2016

    Now more than ever, Danville is drawing new businesses and entrepreneurs into the community. To respond to this and to celebrate Entrepreneur Month, the Heart of Danville is hosting an Entrepreneur Panel on Thursday, November 3 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM in the Community Room at the Boyle County Public Library...
  • State award for Soul of Second Street Festival gets Danville celebration 

    October 27, 2016

    Heart of Danville, the Danville-Boyle County African-American Historical Society, and the Boyle County Public Library were recently presented with the the Helen Dedman Excellence in Preservation Advocacy Award in Frankfort. The award recognizes the combined efforts of these organizations to bolster public awareness of the former business district along Danville's Second Street, which was the heart of African-American commercial, social and religious activity...
  • Danville named Most Spirited Community of Bourbon Chase

    October 20, 2016

    For the third time, Danville has been named Most Spirited Community of The Bourbon Chase. Representatives from the Bourbon Chase presented the coveted barrel head at Grayson's Tavern on Wednesday morning...
  • Bourbon Chase comes to Danville

    October 13, 2016

    Runners in The Bourbon Chase, a 200-mile race across Kentucky, will once again make their way through Danville on Friday, October 14. The race, which begins Friday morning at Jim Beam Distillery, is broken up into 36 legs, with 12 towns including Danville serving as exchange points where teams meet to essentially "pass the baton" between runners...

  • Leadership Change in the Heart of Danville 

    October 6, 2016

    The Heart of Danville is excited to announce that Nick Wade will step in as Interim Director, starting Monday, October 3. Joining the Heart in February, after a brief stint in the music industry, Wade is excited and grateful for this opportunity to step up and lead the Heart of Danville...

  • Harvest & Heritage Centerpiece Winner

    September 29, 2016

    Last Saturday was the first ever Harvest & Heritage Festival. There was a lot to enjoy about the evening including great music and delicious food and drinks, but more than anything else was the centerpiece competition. The Heart of Danville received over 20 centerpieces and over 400 votes for our inaugural centerpiece competition....

  • Farewell to Director Bethany Rogers 

    September 22, 2016

    On September 30th, Bethany Rogers will say "see ya' later" to the Heart of Danville. Rogers said her four year tenure with the Heart of Danville "has been the greatest learning experience of my life, the most rewarding and the most challenging all rolled up in one. It's been really special to be able to reconnect with my hometown." ...

  • Harvest & Heritage Festival 

    September 15, 2016

    With the BBQ Festival behind us, we look ahead to the first ever Harvest & Heritage Festival. The new event will take place on Saturday, September 24th from 5:30-10p.m. on Main St., between 3rd and 4th...

  • HOD Statement on Downtown Safety and Appearance Initiatives

    September 7, 2016

    Discussions at the 2016 Heart of Danville Merchant Breakfast Series have consistently revolved around issues of downtown pedestrian safety and creating a cohesive and appealing downtown streetscape...

  • Start Smart

    August 31, 2016

    The Heart of Danville and Boyle County Chamber of Commerce will be introducing a new small business planning and marketing 'boot camp' - Start Smart. New, small business in Boyle County looking for professional direction with business or marketing planning to help streamline processes, increase profits...

  • Soul of 2nd Street Continues Rain or Shine

    August 10, 2016

    This Saturday, RAIN OR SHINE, downtown Danville will come alive with the sights, sounds and smells of what was once a thriving African-American business district, known as 2nd Street. The Heart of Danville, Boyle County Public Library and the Danville-Boyle County African-American Historical Society are excited to present this incredible opportunity to explore local history, hear soulful music, and eat delicious food on the very ground we are honoring...

  • Lemons & Leftovers 2016

    July 28, 2016

    August is here and that means back to school, football and the 127 Yard Sale.  With the 400 mile sale running right through the Heart of Danville, the downtown Danville merchants will once again be celebrating the discount shopper’s paradise with their annual Lemons & Leftovers sidewalk sales...

  • Mark McDonald Visits Danville

    June 29, 2016

    Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation President, Mark McDonald, visited Danville earlier in the week to discuss new initiatives in historic preservation, including a revolving loan fund. Sponsored by a grant awarded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, McDonald visited the Bluegrass state to evaluate the market in Danville and Boyle County and provide recommendations for a revolving fund program to help address blighted historic properties...

  • Love Local Friday, May 20th

    May 12, 2016

    With the spring showers rolling away and the warm weather coming our way, the Heart of Danville is looking to bring Main Street to life with their first Love Local Friday event on May 20th. Much like the Shop 2nd Saturdays event of 2015, Love Local Fridays are a chance for people to come downtown and support local small businesses...

  • Starting a Small Business Recap

    May 10, 2016

    On Tuesday, May 10, citizens from the community gathered at the Boyle County Public Library for a seminar on Starting Your Own Small Business. There were 15 people in attendance, plus representation from the Economic Development Partnership and the Library...

  • #shoplocal30

    April 27, 2016

    Last Thursday, April 21, Heart of Danville Project Manager, Nick Wade, began the #shoplocal30 social media campaign on Facebook and Instagram. The campaign is in connection with Love Local Fridays, a new event that will premiere on May 20...

  • April Merchant Breakfast

    April 19, 2016

    On Tuesday, April 19, around 20 downtown business owners and members of City government met at the Great American Dollhouse Museum for the Heart of Danville’s second Merchant Breakfast of 2016. The topic of conversation was Promotions and Communications...

  • 2016 Downtown Revitalization Awards

    April 16, 2016

    On Friday evening, April 15, 60 community members and downtown business owners gathered at the Community Arts Center for the Heart of Danville’s Annual Meeting and Downtown Revitalization Awards...

  • Heart of Danville Reveals New 2016 T-shirt

    April 6, 2016

    The Heart of Danville is excited to reveal the new 2016 t-shirt, designed by Nick Wade.  

  • Kentucky Main Street Program Presents Three Awards to the Heart and Heart Partners

    March 30, 2016

    On Monday, March 28, Kitty Dougoud, Coordinator for the Kentucky Main Street program, visited Danville to present awards from the state’s Main Street office...

  • 2016 Events Calendar is here! 

    March 24, 2016

    The Heart of Danville is thrilled to announce their 2016 schedule of events, which includes traditional favorites and some exciting new additions. After completing an event assessment in January, the Heart has reevaluated their event line-up and made changes that correspond with community feedback.    

  • First Merchant Breakfast of 2016 a Success

    March 17, 2016

    On Tuesday, March 15, the Heart of Danville held their first Merchant Breakfast of 2016 at the recently opened Art of Danville on Main St...

  • Nominations still needed for Revitalization Awards

    March 16, 2016

    The Heart of Danville is still seeking nominations for their 2016 Downtown Revitalization Awards to honor the many loved, cherished businesses of Downtown Danville. The awards will be presented at the Heart’s Annual Meeting, which will be held on Friday, April 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at the Community Arts Center...

  • 2016 Goals

    March 10, 2016

    All four of the Heart's committees - Organization, Preservation, Economic Restructuring and Promotion - have been hard at work determining what we need to do, in 2016, to make our community and our organization the best it can be. As a community organization we are here to support Danville and we encourage feedback on our goals...

  • Second Saturday Changes

    March 9, 2016

    As the Heart continues planning for what is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in our 30 year history, it is time to say goodbye to one of our events. After accessing the results of the downtown events survey, completed at the start of the year, and looking at the feedback and comments from downtown merchants and Danville/Boyle Co. citizens, HOD has had to make some difficult choices...