The Dan River Region Collaborative formed in 2008 in an effort to address the workforce capacity needs in the southern Virginia region. The National Fund for Workforce Solutions awarded the Collaborative one of twenty-three regional competitive grants to utilize a sector strategy approach in creating system change to address critical workforce needs.
The Collaborative's service region includes the counties of Halifax, Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania and the cities of Danville and Martinsville. The Collaborative is led by a Steering Committee and Funders Group, with program management support. The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region serves as the fiscal agent for the Collaborative.
Initially, the Collaborative identified three sectors for development: advanced manufacturing, energy and health care. Employers from across the southern Virginia region within each sector have been meeting to discuss shared workforce and policy issues. Upon receipt of a grant from the U.S. DOL - Social innovation Fund, the Collaborative has convened the information technology employers as a fourth sector for development.