Rethinking Danville’s Future with Green Jobs

Eric Stamps - Virginia Smith


August 8, 2019

Contact: Robin Marcato 

Rethinking Danville’s Future with Green Jobs. A Discussion with Anthony Flaccavento 

The campaigns of Eric Stamps for Virginia and Virginia Smith for Senate are proud to sponsor a Virginia Green New Deal presentation and discussion with Anthony Flaccavento at the Ruby B. Archie Library on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 6pm. This event is free and open to the public. 

The recent news that IKEA would be shutting down its Danville plant was heartbreaking to the local community. This closure adds to a long list of businesses, both commercial and manufacturing, who have departed the area in the last 5 years. Local leaders have given incentives to multiple companies, however many of those companies have never come, and others have come but not hired the numbers they promised. As a result, many of our industrial parks sit empty. 

“Southside needs to rethink employment,” said Eric Stamps, Democratic Candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates. “We may need tax dollars for schools, but casinos and call centers do not provide a sustainable future. We also need to stop giving incentives that bring companies but don’t keep them.” 

“Danville needs to adapt to a changing world,” said Virginia Smith, Democratic Candidate for the Virginia Senate. “With state forecasts predicting a smaller and older population in the next twenty years, we need to look at what our future workforce will look like and determine what jobs will fit them and us.” 

Anthony Flaccavento is a farmer, small business owner, and nationally recognized rural development consultant from Abingdon, in the heart of Appalachia, and is the author of Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real World Experience for Transformative Change (University Press of Kentucky, 2016). His consulting business, SCALE, Inc, works with communities around the world to help build more locally-rooted, sustainable economies and healthier food systems. Anthony was the founder of Appalachian Sustainable Development and a number of other ‘social enterprises’ in affordable housing, food and farming and forestry and wood products. He is also the author of “Healthy Food Systems: A Toolkit for Building Value Chains”. 

Eric Stamps is the Democratic Candidate for District 14, House of Delegates. His bio is available at: 

Virginia Smith is the Democratic Candidate for District 15, Virginia Senate. Learn more about Virginia at: 

All participants are available for interviews. 


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