In the summer of 2016, Middle Border Forward started a movement to engage the people of Danville, Pittsylvania County & Caswell County in an open dialogue about our shared vision for the future of our region. After a series of six well-attended roundtable discussions centered around MBF’s six focus areas (arts & culture, business, education, environment, health & wellness and infrastructure), it became clear that the answers to any challenge facing the Middle Border region could be found within the people living here and that our best chance at a strong & viable future was in working together.
Armed with the invaluable feedback of those early community discussions and supported by key stakeholders across the region, MBF embarked upon a mission to facilitate the creation of a community-driven vision for future of the Middle Border – an initiative that came to be known as VISION 2035.
Over a period of six months in 2017, MBF and its team of volunteers launched a whirlwind tour of the region. All told, we hosted or participated in nearly 30 events and engaged over 1,200 people through a series of community cafes, pop-up events and online surveys. Our questions were very simple:
What’s good about life in the Middle Border?
What’s not so good?
What can we, the community, do to make it better?
What is your vision for our region in the year 2035?
The responses were as diverse as the people we engaged, but one common theme clearly emerged – the people of this region believe in its potential and are willing to work together to make it the best it can be.
Together, we created a shared vision for our future. Therein lie the goals we have set for ourselves. This is OUR vision.