Lynchburg Business Insider Blog

Shoeless Wonders Movie to be Filmed in Lynchburg

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Aug 12, 2016 3:40:46 PM

In the 1920's, Lynchburg, Virginia was one of the largest shoe manufactures and distributors in the world. Ironically, it was also home to the Shoeless Wonders, a team of orphans who became a national legend playing football without shoes for a winning streak of 8 years.

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Topics: Entrepreneurship, Tourism

Governor McAuliffe Announces 300 New Jobs in City of Lynchburg

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Jun 24, 2016 2:49:40 PM

Governor McAuliffe today announced that Pacific Life Insurance Company will invest nearly $4 million to open a business center in the City of Lynchburg, expanding the company’s suite of innovative products and service capabilities. With this investment, the company completed an acquisition of the term life new business platform from Genworth Financial. The project will create 300 new jobs.

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Topics: Business Attraction

2017 Revisions to James River Arts & Cultural District Program

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Jun 15, 2016 4:29:24 PM



The Lynchburg Office of Economic Development has updated the James River Arts & Cultural District Program to streamline and strengthen the application process and review procedures, effective July 2016.

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Topics: Business Retention, News & Events, Arts and Culture, Entrepreneurship

Five Lynchburg Startups Receive Community Business Launch Grants during Lynchburg Innovation Week

Posted by Lynchburg EDA on Jun 3, 2016 10:54:26 AM

Five Lynchburg start-ups that completed the City’s first CO.STARTERS program received Community Business Launch grants totaling $40,000 at an awards ceremony on Thursday. Businesses will start or expand their business operations in Lynchburg’s Enterprise Zone 2.

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Topics: Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Zone, co.starters

Lunch to Learn: The Sharing Economy on April 27

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Apr 20, 2016 9:07:47 AM

Join the Small Business Development Center and the Office of Economic Development for the next Lunch to Learn: The Sharing Economy and Your Business  on April 27 at noon. 

How can freelance workers help you and your business? By giving you the opportunity to hire artists, assistants, and other experts without having to take on an employee. Using freelance workers and services is called the “sharing economy.” Learn more about what the so-called “sharing economy” is and how it can help you grow your business. Our panel on this day will include a Virtual Assistant, a local freelance designer, and others. 

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Topics: Business Retention, Technology, Entrepreneurship

City of Lynchburg Awarded an Industrial Revitalization Fund Grant for Academy of Music Theatre

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Mar 2, 2016 12:51:33 PM

On Monday, Governor McAuliffe announced that the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority was awarded a grant for $186,000 from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) to support restoration of the Academy of Music Theatre at the Academy Center of the Arts. 

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Topics: Development, Redevelopment, Arts and Culture, Downtown

Education Foundation Hosts 10th Annual Breakfast with the Superintendent, March 10

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Feb 26, 2016 11:43:00 AM

 On March 10, the Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation will host the the 10th Annual Breakfast with the Superintendent to learn more about Lynchburg City Schools and the completion of the new Heritage High School. 

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Topics: Business Retention, Business Attraction, Education

The City of Lynchburg Partners with the Arts Council to Join Americans for the Arts’ National Study

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Feb 1, 2016 11:51:00 AM

The Arts Mean Business. That is the message being delivered today by The City of Lynchburg and the James River Council for the Arts & Humanities (JRCAH), who announced they have joined the Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. The research study is conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education. It is the fifth study over the past 20 years to measure the impact of arts spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated to local and state governments.

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Topics: Business Retention, Arts and Culture, Entrepreneurship, Downtown

National Walkability Expert, Mark Fenton, to Visit Lynchburg for Stakeholder Workshops

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Jan 29, 2016 4:45:58 PM

The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance and the Work Healthy Lynchburg coalition will convene a Leadership & Policy Makers' Breakfast with national planning, transportation and public health expert and former host of PBS’s "America’s Walking" series, Mark Fenton. Business leaders, top elected and appointed officials, heads of advocacy organizations and non-profits will convene for a dialogue on the Economics of Quality of Place.

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Topics: Development, Downtown

Details about Lynchburg's Community Business Launch Grants

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Jan 21, 2016 12:05:34 PM

The Lynchburg Office of Economic Development (LOED) and the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority (LEDA) were recently awarded a grant through Governor McAuliffe’s Virginia Community Business Launch Grant program. The program is managed by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and designed to support Lynchburg's growing community of entrepreneurs.  

Lynchburg is one of only seven localities to receive this grant. The Lynchburg Economic Development Authority, with additional support by Lynch's Landing, will distribute this grant funding through four programs:

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Topics: Business Retention, Business Attraction, News & Events, Entrepreneurship, Downtown, Enterprise Zone