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The continued growth of Danville’s River District, revitalization of downtown Chatham and broadband access in Pittsylvania County dominated the State of the Region address and breakfast Tuesday at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.

On Friday, the new image for the River District will be debuted with a community party. However, the large event would be nothing if not for the many years of revitalization efforts that led up to it.

In the mid to late 1980s Denver experienced a severe financial downturn, leaving the Lower Downtown district, which had been neglected in the recent boom of new construction, boarded up and blighted.

Danville Mayor Sherman Saunders stressed the importance of workforce training, regional cooperation and continued River District revitalization during his “State of the Region” speech Tuesday morning.

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Recently I spoke to a group of graduate students about how the 2010 community read of the book “Switch” (by Dan and Chip Heath) jump started a period of positive change in Danville.

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