The Economic Development Authority of the City of Lynchburg (the EDA) has again been selected to receive $300,000 in assessment grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue to assist businesses and property owners to identify, assess and begin redevelopment of brownfields in the City. Funding dedicated to the assessment of sites potentially impacted by hazardous substances and petroleum will be used to conduct Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, cleanup and redevelopment planning and community engagement activities. The EDA first received a federal brownfields grant in 2015.
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.
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.
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.
Last fall, Lynch's Landing - in partnership with the Offices of Economic Development, Community Development and Emergency Services - embarked on a downtown survey project to better understand the growing residential population in Downtown Lynchburg.
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, the state agency responsible for the Enterprise Zone program, have scheduled a series of How-to-Qualify workshops around the state.
On Tuesday, October 19th, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Lynchburg was awarded redesignation for its Enterprise Zone. The Governor made the announcement with Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones and Mayor Michael Gillette at Ivy Creek Park in Lynchpin Industrial Park in Lynchburg.
The Region 2000 Small Business Development Center (the SBDC), located at Central Virginia Community College, continued to deliver solid support to the Lynchburg business community in 2014. The Region 2000 SBDC is a member of the Virginia SBDC network and is partly funded by the federal Small Business Administration. The office serves the City of Lynchburg, and Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell Counties in Virginia.
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December 18, 2014
Office of the Governor
Contact: Brian Coy
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Contact: Sarah Pennington
Lynchburg Economic Development Authority
Contact: Anna Bentson
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Jobs, Meat Processing Facility for Lynchburg
~ Seven Hills Food, LLC to Provide New Market for Virginia Livestock Producers, Revitalize Lynchburg Facility ~