MDC's work with Danville—once the last capital of the Confederacy and home to the largest textile mill in the South—helped the community transform itself from a struggling manufacturing town to a thriving one, with computer software firms, major employers, such as IKEA, and biofuels research companies.

MDC worked collaboratively over 20 years with Danville Community College and two other key local institutions, Danville Regional Foundation  and the Future of the Piedmont Foundation.

The results of their partnership are proof that significant economic change can be accomplished with a long-term commitment to lifting communities out of poverty by improving education and job opportunities, broadening the local leadership base, and building capacity in community organizations.

Our report, “The Only Way Out is Up: How MDC helped Danville, Va., chart a new vision for its future” chronicles that experience.

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For more information, contact Richard E. Hart.