Housing Summit 2023

Welcome to the official page of the Southern Virginia Regional Housing Summit!

The 2023 Southern Virginia Regional Housing Summit served as a dynamic platform for six thriving localities to showcase the latest breakthroughs in residential housing development. The primary objective of the summit was to inspire the development of fresh residential housing projects. By uniting experts from diverse sectors, our aim was to nurture partnerships that went beyond traditional boundaries and explored innovative prospects. Collectively, we charted a course toward a more vibrant and dynamic future for housing in Southern Virginia.

Click here to explore the available sites and buildings in Danville suitable for development projects.

Click here for the City of Danville’s Housing Navigator. This Storymap provides information about housing demand, construction, and services.

If you couldn’t make it to the event, you have the option to watch the entire recorded video provided below.

Powerpoint presentations are accessible from all speakers.

Chmura Housing Study – Patrick Clapp, Economist, Chmura Economics & Analytics

Regional Opportunities for Development

Update on Regional Growth – Corrie Bobe, Chair, Southern Virginia Regional Alliance

City of Danville – Susan McCulloch, Division Director of Housing & Development

Pittsylvania County – Emily Ragsdale, Director of Community Development 

City of Martinsville – Aaron Rawls, Vice Mayor

Patrick County – Patrick Cooper, Director of Economic Development

Henry County – Lee Clark, Director of Zoning & Inspections 

Halifax County – Kristy Johnson, Executive Director Industrial Development Authority

Success Stories

City of Martinsville – Five Points and BB&T Building, Dewitt House

Halifax County – Tultex and Halifax Elementary School, Edwin Gaskin

City of Danville – Monument Berryman and Stewart Street, Rory Dowling

Pittsylvania County – Axton Housing Development, Tom Gallagher

Keynote: Elizabeth A. Palen; Director of the Virginia Housing Commission

Financing Resources

Larissa Deedrich, Executive Director, Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority

Chris McNamara, Strategic Housing Office – Economic Development, Virginia Housing

Tory McGowan, Program Manager – Real Estate Office, Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development 

Laurette Tucker, Rural Business Specialist, United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development

Trevor Nelson, Consultant – Project Finance Team, Cherry Bekaert

The summit was sponsored by 31 businesses.

Resources from 2022 Housing Summit