Lynchburg Business Insider Blog

Public Hearing Notice: Enterprise Zone Boundary Amendments for Zones #2 and #46

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Oct 31, 2016 3:02:41 PM

Lynchburg City Council will conduct a public hearing on TUESDAY, November 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm
in the Council Chambers, 1st Floor, City Hall Building, 900 Church Street. At this time and place citizens may be heard regarding the application to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to amend the geographic boundaries and local incentives for Enterprise Zone #2 and #46.

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Topics: Enterprise Zone

Release: New Virginia Tourism Growth Fund Project in Lynchburg

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Oct 31, 2016 1:55:39 PM

RICHMOND (October 27, 2016) – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the award of a $72,000 grant from the Virginia Tourism Growth Fund (VTGF) to assist with the redevelopment of the Lynchburg Historic District Locust Thicket. With the assistance of this grant, the Locust Thicket property will be converted into a Historical Tourism Precinct featuring arts, dining and special events, educational activities, as well as retail and residential spaces. The VTGF grant program, managed by the Virginia Tourism Corporation, was established to grow tourism development projects across the state.

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Topics: Business Attraction, Redevelopment, Tourism

Office of Economic Development Releases Annual Report

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Oct 30, 2016 9:21:39 AM

Last year was a positive year for the City of Lynchburg's economy. The City's economic investments resulted in new opportunities for entrepreneurs and big businesses, a renewed Enterprise Zone, and several other notable accomplishments in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

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Topics: Development, Business Retention, Business Attraction, TechHire, Redevelopment, Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Zone, Annual Report, Business

City of Lynchburg to Attempt a Guinness World Record for the Largest Tree Hug

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Aug 30, 2016 10:58:53 AM

The City of Lynchburg is preparing for an official Guinness World Record attempt for the World’s Largest Tree Hug! The attempt for the record title will take place on Saturday, October 8, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Peaks View Park, 170 Ivy Creek Lane, and calls for over 1,500 tree-hugging participants to help break the record.

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Topics: Business Retention, News & Events

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