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Franklin/Southampton County Development

Overview: 

The project was a community-building initiative for Franklin City/Southampton County, Virginia, designed to revitalize the region's economy and reduce poverty. The Camp Foundation and Franklin-Southampton Charities supported a major community-building initiative to improve the quality of life for all residents of the area by revitalizing the economy, reducing poverty, and building a more equitable and inclusive civic culture. MDC coached a broad group of residents through implementing our Vision to Action strategic planning process, providing research and data analysis services, and connecting the community to expert technical assistance and information about effective strategies. The process prompted the creation of a joint city/county economic development structure, a permanent civic leadership structure - Franklin Southampton Futures - and an initiative to explore closer collaboration between city and county schools to maximize educational resources. 

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For more information on MDC and Franklin/Southampton County Development, contact: Richard E. Hart.