November 6, 2019
DRF invites community members to a free breakfast event on Thursday, December 5 at 7:30 a.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research to hear Fourth Economy Consulting present their findings on the potential impacts of a proposed gambling casino and entertainment complex on Danville and the surrounding communities.
October 16, 2019
The mural covers an entire side of the two-story building and so far includes yellow, red, black and blue colors on a mostly white background, with the outlines of children stretching above one of the center’s parking lots. When it’s finished, the mural will depict children floating away via opened umbrellas toward a better future.
August 5, 2019
Nominations of area nonprofits are now being accepted at Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) for the next B. R. Ashby, M.D. Award for Outstanding Community Service. This award, in the amount of $50,000, is a general operating grant named in appreciation of the exemplary service and selfless leadership of B. R. Ashby, M. D., a founding Board Member and first Chairman of the DRF.
July 18, 2019
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.
In keeping with the previously announced intention to keep drawing connections, parallel themes, and lessons from the communities we visit, here are three aspects of Danville’s story worth noticing elsewhere, as boiled down as I can make them. A summary:
- First, Danville’s civic renewal shows the importance of a relatively new form of philanthropy.
- Second, it shows the importance of creative use of a onetime historical event—in this case, the “tobacco settlement,” which directed billions of dollars from the tobacco industry to local institutions. (This naturally leads to questions about whether a comparable “opioid settlement” might have similar transformative effects.)
- Third, it shows the importance of public investment in infrastructure, specifically in broadband capacity.
June 4, 2019
DRF announced today that it has entered into a contract with Fourth Economy Consulting, a national community and economic development consulting firm located in Pittsburgh, PA to produce a study of the potential impacts of a proposed gambling casino and entertainment complex on Danville and the surrounding communities.