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City of Lynchburg Releases Tourism Annual Report

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Jul 27, 2017 3:53:23 PM

On Wednesday, the Office of Economic Development and Tourism released its Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report. Our office takes great pride in driving economic growth for Lynchburg by effectively marketing the City as a preferred visitor destination for conventions, meetings, sporting events, group tours and leisure travelers. 

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Topics: Annual Report, Tourism

Lynchburg Arts Generates $10.8 Million in Economic Activity and Supports 251 Jobs Annually

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Jul 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates more than $10.8 million in annual economic activity in the City of Lynchburg—supporting 251 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $962,000 in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study.

The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.

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

City of Lynchburg Honored with Virginia Economic Development Award for Lynchburg Innovation Week

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Apr 4, 2017 1:45:02 PM

The City of Lynchburg was selected to receive a 2017 Community Economic Development Award (CEDA) from the Virginia Economic Developers Association for Lynchburg Innovation Week. The awards were presented last week at the association’s Spring Conference in Charlottesville. The CEDA awards are designed to recognize outstanding communities in the Commonwealth for their efforts in advancing the economic viability of their community through economic and community development programs.

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Topics: Downtown, Entrepreneurship, Launched in Lynchburg, Technology, Arts and Culture, Business Retention

Authority Receives State Grant for Brownfields Assessment Project

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Mar 17, 2017 2:15:20 PM

The Lynchburg Economic Development Authority has been awarded a Virginia Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund (VBAF) Site Assessment and Planning grant to support assessment of five (5) adjacent parcels, collectively referred to as the “12th & Church Site.”

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Topics: Brownfields, Redevelopment, Downtown

Request for Proposals for Accounting Services for the Economic Development Authority

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Feb 28, 2017 11:29:16 AM

The Economic Development Authority of the City of Lynchburg, Virginia (“the Authority”) is seeking proposals from professional consulting firms to provide accounting and financial support services.

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March 2017 Arts & Culture Deadline

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Feb 6, 2017 8:42:18 AM

The next deadline for applications to the James River Arts & Cultural District Program is March 1, 2017. The CIty's Arts & Cultural District Program is intended to attract citizens, organizations and partnerships that wish to create and execute projects within the District to benefit the welfare of the citizens of Lynchburg. 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: Business Retention, News & Events, Arts and Culture, Entrepreneurship

Office of Economic Development to host annual Enterprise Zone "How to Qualify" meeting and workshop

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Jan 27, 2017 3:45:53 PM

Please join the Lynchburg Office of Economic Development for the annual Enterprise Zone "How to Qualify" meeting and workshop on Tuesday, February 7th at 5:30 p.m. in the GTLC Transfer Center Conference Room, 800 Kemper Street. 

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Topics: Enterprise Zone, Redevelopment

Lynchburg Welcomes Convergys, Leader in Global Customer Management

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Jan 27, 2017 9:10:11 AM

Convergys Corporation, a global leader in customer management, will open a new location in Lynchburg, Virginia later this year. The new site will be located at 2840 Linkhorne Drive with the potential to add more than 600 new jobs to the community over the next 36 months. It is the company’s first location in Virginia. The company is currently beginning work to buildout the facility and will be hiring in summer 2017 for customer service representatives.

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Topics: Business Attraction, Redevelopment

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: Redevelopment, Tourism, Business Attraction