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In its heyday, Danville was a thriving textile and tobacco community. The famed Dan River Mills operated along you guessed it the Dan River, which flows through the center of town and from which the town draws its name. After the textile mills closed and much of the tobacco business collapsed, Danville went through a long decline—like many other communities in this part of the Piedmont region. You can read the set of articles that Deb and I did on Danville and its region here.
Samples from its editorial :. Danville still has plenty of troubles, of course—the Ikea plant there recently announced its closing. But economic development everywhere has always been several steps forward and several backwards at the same time. The big picture is that Danville is undergoing a remarkable transformation, from a Southern mill town without any active mills to a poster child for how to build a new economy out of the ruins. National politicians can be glib about asing blame—be it foreign competition or rapacious corporations—but local leaders need to ignore all that and get to work fixing their own communities.
Worth reading and considering, beyond Virginia and North Carolina.
Thanks to the editor of The Roanoke Times. Here is another look at the far-southern-Virginia town of Danville: once a thriving tobacco-and-textile center, now trying to figure out what to do after all the mills have shut down.
A summary:. Its area of responsibility includes the city of Danville itself, neighboring Pittsylvania County in Virginia, and the larger Dan River area extending into Caswell County in rural North Carolina. Why is this worth mentioning?
You can read extensive details about health conversion foundations from Health Affairsbut in brief: These are charities set up when a nonprofit hospital or similar facility is sold to a private company. Hundreds of them operate around the countrywith total assets in the tens of billions. Many more examples are listed in the Rural Health Initiative newsletter, here. Could the sale of a nonprofit health center to a for-profit firm conceivably be a net benefit for a community?
As opposed to one more step toward an over-marketized, winner-take-all society? But an initial look at think-tank and academic papers suggests that many of the foundations have tried to address public-health and community-improvement goals in their areas. On balance, they offer a positive assessment. Maybe everyone else reporting on rural and smaller-town development already knew about health conversion foundations. Now, of course, I see s of it everywhere. The title of the institute may seem overly ambitious, but the existence of this research center represents a serious effort to correct a regional weakness, and to apply unusual resources to that end.
Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, is two-plus hours away by car, and so is the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville. Those in North Carolina are far enough away not to have Danville within their force field for attracting students and faculty, or fostering spin-off research companies.
In those days, it was more convenient for the mills if the locals lacked choices in schooling and occupation.
You can read in detail about its five main divisions here. It is an impressive operation. Industrial hemp uses have almost nothing to do with the liberalized marijuana laws in many states and a lot to do with potential commercial and scientific uses of hemp and its components. This is a subject that companies, universities, and governments around the world are taking very seriously because of its industrial- and health-care-related possibilities.
The same sort of soil that favors tobacco is also good for hemp, which was traditionally used for rope and similar applications, especially in the sailing industry. Hemp is about improving human health. And the region here is perfect for this kind of crop. Now the larger point about why the institute exists in the first place. In most states that never had cigarette or tobacco industries, the money has mainly gone toward public-health efforts or anti-smoking campaigns. But in states like Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia, some of the money went toward compensating communities where tobacco growing or cigarette making had been pillars of the economy.
Danville originally grew on the tobacco business. Thus, it received extra payments—some of which went toward creating the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Danville is an exception. A dozen years ago, it began building a municipally owned high-speed fiber-optic network, which now offers lower-cost, higher-speed connections to existing and start-up businesses than in most communities of its location and size.
That network is called nDanvilleand you can read about its history and effects here. That article, by Andrew Michael Cohill, said:. It is the largest of 15 municipalities in Virginia that own electric power distribution services … As in other fiber communities that own electric utilities, city ownership of utility poles eliminates negotiation of pole attachment fees and minimizes the impact of make-ready costs ….
The nDanville high-performance fiber network has brought other jobs and businesses to Danville and has helped drive down the cost of Internet access, telephone service and TV service in the city. More from this series. We began the first morning of our recent visit to Danville, Virginia, at an early-bird breakfast with the Rotary Club, where my husband, Jim, and I heard several personal hopes, celebrations, and notes of gratitude from its members, as they pitched bills into the Happy Dollars bucket.
One Happy Dollar for good wishes to a son about to deploy with the military; another for a granddaughter, a rainbow baby Google thatwho had made it to her first birthday; two for the boys whom the mom had hauled out of bed to come to the breakfast on their first day of summer vacation. After breakfast, we gratefully followed one of the Rotarians to Gatewood Auto and Truck Repair to see Gary, whom we heard was very good and always fair, hoping he could fix the passenger window of our year-old Audi, which was suddenly stuck open. Tire, who repaired that belly-pan issue. On top of their other problems, rural areas that have lost industries and suffered long-term economic decline, like this part of Piedmont Virginia and North Carolina, often have high rates of obesity, diabetes, and other nutrition-related disorders.
During our travels around the country, we have seen groups in many regions coming together to use strength in s to imagine ideas and create effective action around health, economic development, education, the arts, and many other areas. It includes some 50 member organizations and 90 individuals, who approach the health and well-being of its residents to include not only healthy eating, but also access to health care, an active lifestyle, and inviting places to live, work, and play.
Pooling resources, they figured, would be a win for all. It was barely a. One call was particularly time sensitive.
She scored an easy win. Her first caller would do the job, not only today but until the regular driver could return to duty. The pantry bustles, serving well over 5, households, with 23, boxes of food a month. That translates into more thanpounds of food moved.
Recipients meet one of various criteria. Others qualify by various other standards, including proof of income.
I waited a few minutes in the reception area, which was set up like most hospital or DMV spaces I had visited, with a general check-in desk, open seating, and small, semi-protected cubbies, where people can talk privately with staff. The clients, Harris said, included each and every kind of person you might imagine: the elderly, poor, single-parent families, recently laid off, those looking for work. Some 24 percent live at poverty level, 11 percent in Virginia overall ; 20 percent are older than 65, 14 percent in Virginia ; 60 percent of children live in single-parent households 30 percent in Virginia ; and the unemployment rate is almost 9 percent 5 percent in Virginia overall.
The back warehouse was buzzing as volunteers organized, sorted, and boxed the donations. Some of the contents were predictable, like the USDA allotments destined for red boxes, for those on official government assistance. I saw pallets of canned goods. According to the Emergency Food Assistance Program websitethe kinds of food distributed also include boxed cereals, beans, dried and long-life milk, rice, grits, oats, canned meat and fish, and on and on. Some of the food was in blue boxes. These, I learned, were for recipients without the official government deations. I peered into boxes with popcorn, bread, cookies, Little Debbie snacks, chips, fruit, tomatoes, greens, peanut butter, mac and cheese, rice, beans, and so much more.
Bigger households got more goods in their boxes. I had seen a similar pantry operationalso with a faith-based origin, several years ago in western Kansas.
The scale of operation I saw in Danville was much bigger than what I had seen in Kansas. The deliveries were a convenience to the recipients but they came with concerns. Sister Janice worried about leaving the boxes on the steps of trailers in the blistering Kansas heat, hoping someone would arrive home to take the perishable goods inside before they spoiled. Lucky recipients lived in nearby affordable housing. Others lived far away—as much as a 2-hour bus ride.Danville looking for somone real
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