The West Piedmont of Virginia

The Counties of Franklin, Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania. The Cities of Danville and Martinsville; and Towns of Boones Mill, Chatham, Gretna, Hurt, Ridgeway, Rocky Mount and Stuart.

About Our Region

The West Piedmont of Southern Virginia is bordered by the Blue Ridge Mountains and maintains a pristine natural environment characterized by forests, lakes, rivers, and streams. Our Region has a strong economy backed by a well-trained positively motivated workforce, and a tax structure which is conducive to industrial well-being. Continued economic growth and diversification has occurred throughout the region due to the commitment from local governments, economic development organizations, higher education institutions, and private foundations in improving the local business climate and quality of life factors.

West Piedmont Planning Commission

The West Piedmont Planning District Commission (WPPDC) was formed in 1970 when the Commonwealth of Virginia was divided into 21 Planning District Commissions. The WPPDC includes Franklin, Henry, Patrick, and Pittsylvania Counties as well as the Cities of Danville and Martinsville and the Towns of Boones Mill, Chatham, Gretna, Hurt, Ridgeway, Rocky Mount and Stuart. The WPPDC encourages and facilitates collaboration amongst local members as well as coordination between local members and the Commonwealth of Virginia, to address regional challenges.

West Piedmont Economic Resiliency Plan

Rebound. Rebuild. Restore.

The WPPDC has started the process of developing a Pandemic Recovery and Resiliency Plan that will assess the state of the regional economy by anticipating short- and long-term impacts and trends of the COVID-19 pandemic. When complete The Plan will recommend actionable strategies for economic recovery and long-term economic resiliency. The Plan will focus on understanding the pandemic’s current and future economic and social impacts on the WPPDC Region, how to mitigate these impacts, and potential strategies that can be taken to expedite economic recovery while ensuring increased economic immunity from future threats. This process will be driven by sound data and informed experiences gained through open discussions and feedback from community and business leaders within the region.

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