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Chairman Bob Warren highlights some of Pittsylvania County's many numerous economic development successes over the past few years and the regionalism that has helped lead to significant job creation, capital investments, and awards and recognitions.
When it comes to improving the quality of life in Pittsylvania County, one of the primary driving factors is economic development. While Pittsylvania County can make strides on its own, working in tandem with regional partners is what will allow our community to be successful.
That’s why Pittsylvania County has placed so much emphasis on regional economic development efforts–and why our collective approach has been productive. Your Board of Supervisors believes that the Danville-Pittsylvania Regional Economic Development Alliance–a formal partnership with the City of Danville and many other local institutions –will bring even more success.
Working collaboratively with Danville and other regional partners has led to numerous recent accolades, like being recognized with Danville as one of the top 10 micropolitan areas in the United States for several years running and winning the Southern Economic Development Council’s 2020 Community Economic Development Award with Danville and the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance. Even during the difficult economic conditions brought on by COVID-19, our region has made numerous job announcements this year. Having a structured relationship in place will position our region for even more accolades and jobs and will help us continue to improve the economic outlook of our community.
Forming the Alliance is an important step because it formalizes our numerous relationships and empowers a leadership council to effectively coordinate our collective efforts as outlined in our recently adopted strategic plan. By providing clear guidance to area educational institutions, workforce development organizations, and business development programs, the Alliance will ensure that we, as a region, are even more than the sum of our parts.
—Bob Warren, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors