Grass Valley, California

Main Street Forward

Now more than ever, Main Street leaders have a crucial role to play in supporting small businesses, maintaining quality of life, and ultimately restoring the vitality of commercial districts. We are here to support you.

Our new COVID-19 recovery-oriented resource center, Main Street Forwardoffers a wide range of free resources, including recovery planning tools, guidance as it relates to Four Point activities, research, advocacy efforts, and best practices and examples from around the Network.

Together we will move Main Street Forward.

Scroll to bottom to view our Mission Statement

Weekly newsletter

California Main Street Association spotlight on Grass Valley Downtown Association

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Visit our Facebook site Downtown Grass Valley


Who is open and practicing best practices go to Covid Community Alliance


We are committed to following safe practices to prevent the spread of coronavirus

We can prevent getting dialed back on reopening stages by doing so

Shop local, shop safely, be kind and tolerant

Stay strong Nevada County

We are in this together

NCGVFood: New website just for Restaurant take Out! for Grass Valley and Nevada City

Restaurant Guide

Info at Rally For Restaurants to garner extra support for restaurants 


Coronavirus updates:                                                                     Go to

Info and research

Contact the County to ask questions at

Report or ask for items to be fixed at
Online Citizen Service Request HERE  

Business and General information Resources

Join the Collaborative Resources for Nevada County Small Businesses 

Resources, support, and information for small businesses in Nevada County. Creating community to work together to overcome the unique challenges we face in this region.

Sierra Business Council

211 Connecting Point


Please use this resource link, Virtual Shop & Support Local – Nevada County, CA , or who is doing online shops, deliveries, call in orders, offers.  This will be a real time link to what is happening in this fluid time.

We encourage everyone to support our local businesses as much as possible.  Our local business community has been so faithful in supporting so many worthy causes – we are partners in helping to get through this crisis.  All of us.

The most important thing is to take care of yourself and those you love. As always, we are encouraged and inspired by the great spirit of our community. This fuels all of us to do our best. Thank you for making a difference.

With Gratitude,

Your Grass Valley Downtown Association Team

Nevada County Reminds Residents

to Help Limit Spread of COVID-19

Over the summer take care and help limit the spread of COVID-19
As our case counts rise locally, Public Health asks our community to avoid gatherings with non-household members

Nevada County reminds residents to follow best practices for reducing the spread of COVID-19, including washing hands regularly, practicing physical distancing of at least six feet, staying home if you’re feeling sick, wearing a face covering (required in public), disinfecting high-touch surfaces and practicing good hygiene.

Gatherings between people from different households are still not allowed under the statewide Stay-at-Home Order.

Since June 1, the county has seen the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rise.
Most of the new cases in Nevada County come directly from informal gatherings between different households that are still not allowed.

Find shareable flyers on Nevada County website on:

Masks Make a Difference Fact Sheet in English (Nevada County Public Health):
Masks Make a Difference Fact Sheet in Spanish (Nevada County Public Health):
Guidance on Gatherings (Nevada County Public Health):

Contact the County to ask questions at

Report or ask for items to be fixed at
Online Citizen Service Request

Contact 211 about anything
Call 211

General coronavirus questions can be directed to Connecting Point at 1-833-DIAL211 or



Nevada County is in Stage 3 of reopening.

See updates as of June 11th HERE  Nevada County Stage 3 Businesses May Reopen with Modifications  June 12th


Details on reopening retail and restaurants in Nevada County in the link above

Businesses with questions about modifying business practices to keep customers safe and slow the spread of COVID-19 can email:

You can also utilize the resource 211 Connecting Point for questions about anything as well as general coronavirus questions. Dial 2-1-1 or 1-833-DIAL211. This is a County information resource that is open 24/7 and is free.

FAQ Recreation

Customer Code of Conduct

Requirements & Guidance for Retail. Restaurant, Office, Manufacture Stage 2 Businesses

Nevada County has updated the Reopen Nevada County plan to reflect the recent changes the State has announced for reopening hair salons, barbershops, and religious services:

  • Hair salons and barbershops may now open under Nevada County’s attestation of readiness with the State. Guidelines for these modifications can be found at Businesses practicing these modifications may open right away.
  • Religious services may now reopen with modifications and limited capacity in place. Guidelines for these modifications can be found at under “Places of Worship.”
  • Local businesses are not required to get approval from the County or State to reopen when their industry is allowed by the State, but are required to follow all state-provided guidance listed at and should make their reopening plans available to the public.
  • Businesses, non-profits, and houses of worship requiring more guidance should contact us at and we will be in touch to connect you with the appropriate department or resources. General coronavirus questions can be directed to Connecting Point at 1-833-DIAL211 or

Downtown businesses can call 530-798-9690 to talk to the GVDA director or email

Business Resilience Tool Kit

click Business Resilience Tool Kit: supplies, equipment, info

We can add to this list as you let us know.  Email

Open Sign Grass Valley Nevada City download here


New parking for Downtown on Mill and Main Streets

In an effort to make pick-up easier for our restaurants and retailers the City posted signs to allow for some parking places on Mill and Main Streets to be either 15 minutes or 30 minutes long. We hope that this will make it easier for the Downtown Customers to be able to pick up their food or merchandise from the stores that are offering curbside pick up for merchandise or to go food.

Also if you or any of your employees are working in your business the City and GVDA would ask that you don’t park your cars on Mill or Main. Please leave these space open for the convenience of the Downtown customers. Please utilize the City lots to park in and leave the street parking for those that are picking up.

If you have any questions feel free to call me at the office, 530-272-8315. If you have any questions for the City please feel free to call Mayor, Lisa Swarthout 530-274-4315.

Thank you all for your cooperation.


About and to donate



Stay on trusted information sources for valid updates, resources:, , 211 to stay tuned.  Please do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.  You can call Grass Valley Police Department at dispatch

Those resources include information about SBA Loans, and EDD Unemployment, testing etc. at

News Sources  and The Union  



All Nevada County updates at 

MyNevadaCounty has a list of resources for EDD, SBA loans, and an extensive list of resources and updates.

Nevada County FB site at

Subscribe to newsletters from the County at





Stay up to date on the State Information at Employment and Taxes


Link for a printable annual events schedule here: GVDA Annual Event Sheet 2020

Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Foothills, Grass Valley, California is truly a postcard image. Bathed in a wondrous mix of cedar, pine, and an assortment of deciduous trees that burst forth a multitude of Fall colors as the cooler temperatures arrive, this circa 1800 Gold Rush era town offers a window into the past while providing the best the present has to offer.

Some things change…and some things remain the same!

Membership News

Our Mission Statement:

The Grass Valley Downtown Association represent its general membership with a unified voice in economic development and historical preservation of downtown Grass Valley and our community. 

We utilize the National Main Street Four Point Approach as the structure we use for supporting the beautification activities and community events that we host thus fostering a viable, healthy downtown business district that is recognized as one of California’s certified Main Street communities.

Inclusion Statement:

We believe Main Streets are for everyone. At the core of our approach to revitalization is a commitment to creating places of shared prosperity, equal access to opportunity, and inclusive engagement.  We believe Main Streets are for everyone. At the core of our approach to revitalization is a commitment to creating places of shared prosperity, equal access to opportunity, and inclusive engagement.

The National Main Street Center models and champions this vision through our actions and programs.  More HERE

We are an arm of the City of Grass Valley, alongside the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Visit our vision for downtown Grass Valley in our GVDA Strategic Plan Jan 2019

Sign up for our weekly email- contact

If you want to know what the City of Grass Valley has planned, short term and long term, visit their Strategic Plan.

City of Grass Valley Strategic Plan 

Upcoming Meetings

Promotions Committee
Second Wednesday of the month
8:30am at Tofanelli’s

Design Committee
Third Wednesday of the month
9:00am at BrewBakers Coffee House

Economic Restructuring Committee
Closed Committee. For more information please email: Nicole Arbaugh @

GVDA Board of Directors
Fourth Wednesday of the month
8:30am at City Hall

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