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Lynchburg Visitor Center Reopens with New Outlook on the City

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Jun 5, 2019 10:41:41 AM

On Monday, June 17, from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., the City of Lynchburg’s Office of Economic Development & Tourism (OEDT) cordially invites the public to the ribbon cutting and grand reopening of the Lynchburg Visitor Center, 216 12th Street (at the corner of 12th and Church Streets). Come experience the newly renovated center, meet the staff, and enjoy a cool treat from Chill City Pops. The ribbon cutting and the grand reopening is cohosted by the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance and the Downtown Lynchburg Association.

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Topics: Arts and Culture, Downtown, co.starters, Tourism

Annual State of the City Address Scheduled for Monday, April 29th, Academy Center of the Arts

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Apr 7, 2019 3:22:18 PM

On Monday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the newly-restored Academy Center of the Arts, 600 Main Street, Mayor Treney Tweedy and Vice Mayor Mary Jane Dolan will deliver the 2019 State of the City Address. This year’s theme is Our Lynchburg Story – A Vision for 2025!  The public is cordially invited to attend.

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Topics: Business Retention, News & Events, Insights & Resources, Arts and Culture, Downtown, Talent Development, Lynchburg History, Business

City of Lynchburg Releases 2018 Economic Development & Tourism Year in Review

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Sep 28, 2018 8:00:00 AM

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, the Office of Economic Development & Tourism for the City of Lynchburg released its 2018 Year in ReviewAt the City of Lynchburg, we take a multi-faceted approach to economic development and tourism, believing that the best results come from investing in people and place. 

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Topics: Annual Report

Op-Ed: A Blueprint for Opportunity, Building Tomorrow’s City of Lynchburg

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Sep 17, 2018 8:56:11 AM

The City of Lynchburg has a bright future, but its blueprint for economic prosperity is shifting. While the industrial economy of yesterday relied on raw materials and manufacturing skills, today’s knowledge and advanced manufacturing economy centers firmly on access to creative talent and innovation. Because of this, modern companies increasingly view talent attraction and development as their top priorities, unleashing fierce competition across the U.S.

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Governor Northam Announces Framatome Inc. to Relocate Corporate Headquarters to City of Lynchburg

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Apr 4, 2018 12:07:12 PM

~ Major international player in the nuclear energy market moves from North Carolina to Virginia ~

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Framatome, a designer and supplier of nuclear steam supply system and nuclear equipment, services, and fuel for high levels of safety and performance, will relocate its North American corporate headquarters from Charlotte, North Carolina, to the City of Lynchburg. In January 2018, AREVA NP was officially rebranded as Framatome, and is known as Framatome Inc. in North America. The company has 1,300 employees in Lynchburg, 2,300 employees in North America, and 14,000 employees globally.

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Topics: Business Retention, Business Attraction, News & Events, Business

Governor Northam Announces 34 New Jobs in the City of Lynchburg

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Mar 20, 2018 12:19:10 PM

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Tessy Plastics, a premier molder of custom injection molded plastic components, will invest $9.2 million to expand its manufacturing operation to accommodate a new product line in the City of Lynchburg. Virginia successfully competed against New York for the project, which will create 34 new jobs.

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Topics: Business Retention, News & Events, Enterprise Zone, Business

State of the City Address and Mayor's Awards on February 26

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Feb 16, 2018 10:50:10 AM

On Monday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, 900 Church Street, Mayor Joan Foster and Vice Mayor Treney Tweedy will deliver the 2018 State of the City Address. The public is cordially invited to attend.

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Topics: Business Retention, News & Events, Education, Business

Facebook and the National Endowment for the Arts will present sessions at the 2018 Create Lynchburg Conference, February 24

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Feb 8, 2018 11:20:48 AM

The City of Lynchburg Office of Economic Development & Tourism, the Small Business Development Center, and the Academy Center of the Arts host the second annual Create Lynchburg Conference on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The conference is for Lynchburg’s community of artists and creatives. The goal of the conference is to support area arts & entrepreneurship, equipping artists and organizations with the tools, resources, and connections to be successful in business and have a positive economic development impact in the greater Lynchburg community.

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Topics: News & Events, Arts and Culture, Entrepreneurship, Downtown, Talent Development, Tourism, Launched in Lynchburg

Next Deadline for James River Arts & Cultural District Grants | December 1

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Nov 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The next deadline for applications to the James River Arts & Cultural District Program is December 1, 2017. The City of Lynchburg's Arts & Cultural District Program is intended to attract citizens, organizations and partnerships that wish to create and implement projects within the District to benefit the welfare of the citizens of and visitors to Lynchburg. Grant projects may include events, activities, capital investments, promotions, improvements, or displays that serve to further arts and culture in the District. 

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Topics: Arts and Culture, Entrepreneurship, Business

City of Lynchburg accepts two International Economic Development Awards

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Sep 20, 2017 10:42:58 AM

On Tuesday, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) awarded the City of Lynchburg two Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Awards for promotional projects:  Lynchburg Innovation Week and “This is Lynchburg: Welcome Home” video. IEDC’s prestigious awards program recognizes the world’s best economic development marketing materials, programs and partnerships, honoring organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban and rural communities. Lynchburg was awarded in the population category ranging from 25,000 to 200,000.

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Topics: Entrepreneurship, co.starters, Talent Development, Launched in Lynchburg