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“Richard Holmquist Praises Industrial Growth in Danville” (May 27, 1963)

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In this silent video clip, Richard Holmquist, the Executive Director of the Virginia Industrialization Group, addresses the Virginia Citizens Planning Association in Roanoke on May 27, 1963. The Virginia Industrialization Group was a group of some of Virginia’s most influential businessmen who were concerned about the effects of Massive Resistance on Virginia’s economy. They eventually proposed a statewide system of technical education to address disinvestment due to a lack of confidence in the state’s education system. The Virginia Citizens Planning Association was a statewide nonprofit that promoted and supported planning as a form of economic development. The composition of this group is striking for its lack of diversity. With the exception of four or five women, the room is filled with well-dressed, white men. Spelling errors are corrected in brackets.

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The Executive Director of the Virginia Industrialization Group has acclaimed Danville as an example of tremendous

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growth among Virginia’s cities. Richard C. Holmquist told the Virginia Citizens Planning Association that because of Danville’s progressive thinking a major industrial palnt [plant] has located there in each of the past four years. Holmquist cited Danville for adopting a comprehensive plan six years ago and letting dust gather on the shelf.

He points to the results of the plan including a new zoning law, improved housing code, major street paln [plan], off street parking, and a new sewage treatment plan. Holmquist says that Danville is also indertaking [undertaking] topographical mapping of the city, has developed a comprehensive housing plan, and is building new schools.

According to Holmquist, Danville is representative of what is going on in other cities of Virginia.

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APA Citation:
WSLS-TV. “Richard Holmquist Praises Industrial Growth in Danville” (May 27, 1963). (2022, October 25). In Encyclopedia Virginia. https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/richard-holmquist-praises-industrial-growth-in-danville-may-27-1963.
MLA Citation:
WSLS-TV. "“Richard Holmquist Praises Industrial Growth in Danville” (May 27, 1963)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (25 Oct. 2022). Web. 03 Dec. 2022
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