WPPDC Pandemic Recovery and Resiliency Plan

The Planning Process


The WPPDC Pandemic Recovery and Resiliency Planning process began in December of 2020 and will run through August 2021. As part of the project launch, WPPDC is establishing a website that will provide information on planning process updates, project benchmarks, accomplishments, and news relevant to key topics being discussed. This website will also serve as an input vehicle for citizens, businesses, institutions, and all stakeholders. The goal of the first phase of the project is to understand existing conditions pertaining to the state of the WPPDC’s regional economy within the context of the pandemic. This baseline understanding will guide the project team’s engagement with regional leadership and businesses which will inform the final Resiliency and Recovery Plan and its strategies.

Project Details Timeline



During Phase I of the Pandemic Recovery and Resiliency Plan (PRRP) development process, the project team will work with regional leadership to set expectations and success metrics, review relevant plans and reports, and initiate a regional data scan to establish a baseline understanding of the regional economy and local impact..Read More



Phase II of the PRRP planning process will build on data collected from Phase I and focus on engagement with local businesses and the WPPDC community. The project team will facilitate workshops, focus groups, interviews, surveys, and public meetings to understand the challenges regional businesses and residents are facing due..Read More



Regional recovery and resiliency strategies and branding elements will be finalized in Phase III. A set of strategies will be developed with a focus on regional business stabilization and growth opportunities. A regional business cluster strategy will be recommended based on the findings from previous phases. Broader regional resiliency strategies..Read More

Community Asset Profiles

Communities & Organizations Involved
  • West Piedmont Planning District Commission
  • Franklin County
  • Henry County
  • Patrick County
  • Pittsylvania County
  • City of Danville
  • Southern Virginia Regional Alliance
  • Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
  • Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Martinsville
  • Town of Rocky Mount
  • Southern Virginia Regional Alliance
  • Harvest Foundation
  • Danville Regional Foundation
  • Patrick Henry Community College
  • Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce
  • Longwood SBDC
  • Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Blue Ridge Parkway, Smartview Recreation Area
  • Blue Ridge Parkway, Rocky Knob Recreation Area
  • Fairy Stone State Park
  • Fairy Stone Farms Wildlife Management Area
  • Turkeycock Mountain Wildlife Management Area
  • White Oak Wildlife Management Area
  • Smith Mountain Wildlife Management Area
  • Smith Mountain Lake, Marinas and Camping
  • Reynolds Homestead
  • The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
  • Piedmont Arts Association
  • Booker T. Washington National Monument
  • Smith Mountain Lake
  • Piedmont Arts Association
  • Booker T. Washington National Monument
  • Leesville Lake
  • Dick & Willie Passage Trail
  • Philpott Lake, Marina, & Recreation Areas
  • Martinsville Speedway
  • Virginia Museum of Natural History
  • Elkhorn Lake and Campground
  • Multiple Blueways and Water Trails
  • Blue Ridge Institute & Museum (BRIM) of Ferrum College
  • Waid Park Recreation Area
  • Woods Brothers Racing Museum
  • Danville Historic Districts
  • All American City
Workforce Development/Education
  • Piedmont Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  • The Galileo School Partnership with NASA
  • Roanoke Valley Governor’s School
  • School for Global Economics and Technology
  • Danville Community College (DCC)
  • Institute for Advanced Learning & Research (IALR)
  • Averett University
  • Old Dominion University Satellite Program at DCC & PHCC
  • Ferrum College
  • American National University
  • Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology Complex at PHCC
  • Genedge Alliance
  • The Franklin Center for Advanced Learning & Enterprise
  • Regional Center for Advanced Technology & Training (RCATT) at DCC
  • The West Piedmont Workforce Development Board
  • Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC)
  • New College Institute
  • Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital
  • SOVAH Health Danville
  • SOVAH Health Martinsville
  • Centra

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