t’s hard to believe, but next month Middle Border Forward will celebrate its 5th anniversary! So much has changed in our region – and the world – since we first opened our doors in April 2016. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to building a stronger future for the Dan River region by inspiring meaningful community engagement & developing effective grassroots leadership. In fact, now more than ever, we understand the critical role social capital plays in fortifying a community to withstand & recover from disruptions – such as a global pandemic, historic civil unrest & economic challenges. The past twelve months have proven what we’ve always believed to be true – the most resilient communities are those where the citizens are empowered to “be the change” they want to see and systems are designed to work together for the common good.