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.
This fall, the City of Lynchburg will embark on an update to the Downtown/Riverfront Master Plan to address the future growth and development of downtown. This plan will build upon the previous Downtown Plans developed in 2000 (Lynchburg Downtown and Riverfront Master Plan) and in 2006 (Riverfront Implementation Plan). Downtown Lynchburg Association is a partner in this special planning project.
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.
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.
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.