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Past Project: Danville Think Impact Team
by Taylor Jo Isenberg
The Danville Regional Foundation is a catalyst for innovation and an agent for transformation. Understanding that significant community change takes time, the Foundation invests for the long term in efforts that promise sustained positive impact for the Dan River region. The Foundation is committed to activities, programs, and organizations that address the health, education, and well-being of residents of Danville, Pittslyvania County, and Caswell County.
The Danville Regional Foundation was established in July 2005 to invest, manage, and distribute $200 million from the June 2005 sale of Danville Regional Medical Center. Our client contact is Karl Stauber, Director.
This is a huge project with significant national implications. The director would like to know how to seed entrepreneurial ventures in order to develop viable economic clusters of firms that would revitalize the city and neighboring counties.
UNC Roosevelt collaborates with the Public Policy Clinic,an organization through UNC's Public Policy Department. It is through the clinic that the students interact and dissect the problems of the client organizations. Our students work closely along side with other students on these projects, and the clinic's outstanding programming provides our students with the policy skill sets to tackle this major issues. Our student's involvement and engagement with these issues would not be possible without the clinic.
Danville Think Impact Team:
My name is Glenn McLaurin, and I am a sophomore Public Policy major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My involvement with the team researching economic and community development in Danville, Virginia marks my second semester participating in a Roosevelt Think Impact project, an experience which has allowed me to explore my passions in ways that no class ever could. Economic development is a multi-faceted endeavor, and learning to ask the right questions is just as, if not more, important than trying to devise the right solutions. The project will require more than learning the industrial history of the region, however, but also researching the dynamic interactions of multiple education systems, social organizations, and religious institutions. As we seek to understand the systemic problems underlying the economic collapse of the once-strong mill town, we will become intimately familiar with Danville’s story, aiding us in our development of specific, localized action steps to help the region along the path to recovery.