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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Martinsville,Virginia…A City Without Limits

“My conversations with Uptown Partnership are what sold me on moving back and investing in Martinsville. Their ongoing support and connection to resources have been invaluable to me as I’ve bought and begun renovations on the Jefferson Plaza building. I am excited and looking forward to working with them as I plan for bigger projects in the future.”

Derrick Ziglar, Jr.
Uptown Property Owner/Developer
Co-Founder & CEO of Zelite Inc.
CEO of Ziglar Technologies

“Uptown Partnership is helping to move the needle here. I feel some new momentum in revitalizing Uptown, which I think is very important to our future.”

Dean Johnston
Vice President/Investments, Branch Manager - Stifel

“Since the development of Uptown Partnership, new entrepreneurs are buzzing with excitement and enthusiasm to establish new businesses in uptown! Their tireless work as a liaison within our city connecting new entrepreneur hopefuls with the appropriate action groups and resources have had an enormous impact on recent community development. We have recently purchased a property here and are currently remodeling it for a new business in Uptown. We can say without hesitation that Uptown Partnership has become a lifeblood to future of our local economy! Great job Martinsville!”

Shane and Paula Wood
Uptown Business Owners
Wood Workx

“Uptown Partnership is providing a spark to Uptown Martinsville that is so desperately needed. I particularly love how Uptown Partnership’s approach is to focus on holistic and systematic change. This is the only way to implement a revitalization effort that will withstand the test of time.”

Josh Blancas
Owner, The Ground Floor Coffee Shop

“Has it only been nine months since the formation of Uptown Partnership?? My wife is one of the new breed of remote professionals, specializing in employment law.We have seen a dramatic change in attitudes since we moved here in spring of 2019, Uptown is changing from "why bother" to "check it out!"

Forrest Forschmeidt
Local Artisan

"Nine months ago, when Uptown Partnership came to be, its influence was immediately evident. It is obvious that there are more businesses, more uptown living, and more uptown traffic, but my favorite part is the vibe in the air amongst the new people moving here, my longtime-from here peers, and the young people moving back that are so excited about our town’s future."

Cynthia Edgerton
Owner, One Starling BnB & Events

"We have been very impressed with the work that Uptown Partnership has done since it began last Spring. The organization has been more successful than in the past to obtain input and cooperation of the uptown merchants.  The leadership has made more of an effort to keep the City Council informed and to obtain their cooperation.  We are so glad that the Harvest Foundation and the city have been willing to help fund the efforts to revitalize Uptown."

Dr. Mervyn and Virginia King
Uptown Property Owners

“As an entrepreneur supporting remote and hybrid teams, I have the freedom to live anywhere. Two years ago, when my wife and I moved to the Martinsville area, I thought the town was dead. Uptown Partnership has helped me and others connect to the amazing creative talent and see new possibilities for the new emerging Martinsville as a community and place to thrive.”

Sean Kearney
Founder, UpGaged LLC

“Through the RuralCommunity Development Initiative (RCDI), Uptown Partnership (UP) has workeddiligently to engage the community, cultivate relationships, leverage resourcesand form a collaborative and active network of stakeholders to successfullysupport the revitalization and sustainability of Martinsville's Uptowndistrict. I have greatly enjoyed working alongside UP and local changemakers asthe organization strives to identify new growth and development opportunitiesand ensure the vitality of Uptown Martinsville. Based on their efforts and thework that's currently being done to positively transform the community, I'mquite confident that the future is bright in Uptown Martinsville!”

Zachary Whitlow
Community Revitalization Specialist, VADHCD

“Our relationship with Uptown Partnership has given us an opportunity to be a part of a community that is trying to grow and improve. The value of the information that has been provided to us has also help us look at ways to improve ourselves and our business. We look forward to being a part of and sharing a new adventure with Uptown Partnership and Uptown Martinsville. We thank Uptown Partnership for these opportunities.”

Herb Atwell & Peggy Donovan
Owners, Mountain Valley Brewing
Property Owners/Developers of a new Uptown project
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Your ticket gives access to the hands-on workshops and intimate nightly discussions. Dinner and drinks will be included each night.
What’s included?
Your ticket gives access to the hands-on workshops and intimate nightly discussions. Dinner and drinks will be included each night.
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Your ticket gives access to the hands-on workshops and intimate nightly discussions. Dinner and drinks will be included each night.

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