Stanardsville Area Revitalization (*STAR*) is dedicated to restoring economic vitality in Greene’s historic county seat, through physical improvements and by attracting new business and housing in and around the Town. With grant funds awarded by VDOT, it is spearheading a major revitalization project to upgrade the safety of sidewalks and crosswalks in the Town and enhance the attractiveness of Main Street. Phase I of those streetscape improvements was completed at the end of 2013, and the Town was awarded grant funds in June, 2014 to begin Phase II to extend the new sidewalk network at either end of the business district. *STAR* also helps promote local businesses by assisting the Town on such issues as restricting through tractor-trailer traffic on Main Street and easing stringent VDOT regulations that discourage local businesses from advertising on highway signs. The organization is also involved in many community activities to build community spirit, promote safety for residents and visitors, and encourage continued support of its efforts to restore the area’s economic health.
*STAR*’s Board of Directors includes local business owners, members of the public, and representatives of the Town of Stanardsville, Greene County, the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Authority, and the Greene County Historical Society. Roy Dye, Executive Director of *STAR*, can be reached at 434-409-5796 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our goal is to help Stanardsville attract interesting specialty shops, restaurants, service businesses, cultural facilities and other attractions, to both serve the local community and encourage tourists to visit the Stanardsville area, gateway to the Blue Ridge and centrally located to many tourist attractions. A major catalyst to achieving that goal was the opening of a Piedmont Virginia Community College satellite campus on the second floor of the library, and the establishment of the Art Guild of Greene to promote artistic and cultural events that benefit the entire community.
Board of Directors – 2013
The Board of Directors of Stanardsville Area Revitalization includes four directors elected by the membership; six directors appointed by local government and nonprofit organizations; and three directors who chair standing committees. There are two vacancies.
Bill Martin – Board of Supervisors
Gary Lowe – Town of Stanardsville
Alan Yost– Economic Development Authority
Don Pameter – Economic Development Authority
Marianne Shepard – Chamber of Commerce
Joann Powell – Historical Society
Standing Committee Chairs
Carl Schmitt – Planning and Economic Development
Vacant – Design and Implementation
Vacant – Organization and Promotion
President / Treasurer – Don Pamenter
Vice President – Betty Ruppert
Secretary – Gary Lowe