Old Dominion RC&D


Old Dominion RC&D is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving 10 Southside Virginia counties. Our mission is to initiate and coordinate resource development and conservation programs that enhance the social, economic and environmental quality of the region. 

RC&D is an acronym for Resource Conservation and Development. RC&Ds were established by Congress in 1962 to provide a means for rural communities to help themselves. RC&D sponsors form a council, develop bylaws and an Action Plan, then apply to the Secretary of Agriculture for authorization. 


A locally driven organization with a diverse and talented council empowered to work cooperatively within the region to improve the environment and quality of life of its citizenry. 


Our role is rural development. Our primary interests include, but are not limited to, the environment, recreation, education, tourism, and energy conservation. Local and state economic, industrial, and development commissions as well as planning district commissions are the primary leaders of economic development within our area. We strive to enhance rather than compete with their activities.

Where possible, we try to stimulate the level of activity by assisting with the small business growth and development of niche industries. We do not limit ourselves as a funding or grant-seeking service. We help to develop local leadership and coordinate community and regional activities. Local people participating in the planning, decision-making, and implementation process accomplish this. 

Viability of rural communities is important, and we assist our area in trying to overcome its vulnerability to financial constraints, declining political strength and leadership fragmentation. The result is a favorable climate for expanding industry, economic growth and community services. 



Contact Old Dominion RC&D

Joan C. Crenshaw
Program Assistant
600 David Bruce Avenue
PO Box 209
Charlotte Court House, Virginia  23923
Phone: 434-547-0540


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Amherst County, Virginia
  • Brunswick County, Virginia
  • Buckingham County, Virginia
  • Charlotte County, Virginia
  • Cumberland County, Virginia
  • Halifax County, Virginia
  • Lunenburg County, Virginia
  • Mecklenburg County, Virginia
  • Nottoway County, Virginia
  • Prince Edward County, Virginia

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