The Danville Story

Next week, I’m heading down to Danville, VA, where I’m leading an assessment of The Launch Place, a regional angel investment fund.  If you don’t know the Danville story, you should—especially if you work in smaller communities or in places facing major economic shocks.  Danville has been in the midst of a multi-decade effort to rebuild after losing its economic anchors in traditional manufacturing and tobacco.  There are a lot of exciting developments in Danville, and their experience offers many useful lessons.  Here’s my quick take on some of the most important elements of their success to date: