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Lynchburg launches new initiative to fight poverty

(WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - Lynchburg leaders launched a new initiative Thursday night - From Poverty to Progress - at a public meeting at E.C. Glass High School.

The initiative stems from a retreat members of City Council took in November, where they decided reducing poverty in Lynchburg should be a priority.

According to the census, the poverty rate in Lynchburg is 24 percent.

"It's about us, it's about the community and those we're trying to help," John Hughes IV, the assistant City Manager said.

Hundreds of citizens came to learn how leaders want to reduce poverty in the Hill City.

After a short presentation, community members were invited to go into breakout groups of various topics.

They included topics such as education, workforce development, and childcare.

To learn more about the initiative, click here.

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