Welcome to the WPPDC

Formed in 1970, the West Piedmont Planning District Commission (PDC) serves the counties of Franklin, Henry, Patrick, and Pittsylvania; the cities of Danville and Martinsville; and the Town of Rocky Mount.  We provide a variety of regional planning, technical assistance, and program services to our member local governments. This includes regional planning/visioning activities; grant application assistance; land use planning; mapping and GIS services; and community development, economic development, and transportation planning.  In addition, the PDC is a designated Affiliate State Data Center for the region.  In this role, the PDC provides important information to businesses as well as citizens. PDCs are the regional contact for the Commonwealth’s Intergovernmental Review Process and provide input for a host of agencies and commissions.

The overarching goal of the PDC is to facilitate regional thinking, dialogue, and ultimately collaboration among the district’s local governments, K-12 education, higher education, economic development organizations, workforce development, and other key stakeholders.  To this end, an important duty of the PDC is to create a strategic or vision plan for our region. This plan is created in cooperation with local governments, businesses, citizen organizations, and other interested parties. The plan is intended to help promote the orderly and efficient development of the region by stating goals and objectives, strategies to meet those goals, and mechanisms for measuring progress.

Within our region, the PDC serves to build regional approaches to issues like economic development, transportation, legislative priorities, and other initiatives. For the Commonwealth, PDCs serve as an accessible network that gives quick and complete statewide coverage. In other states, organizations like PDCs are known as regional councils, regional commissions, and councils of government.