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Monday, December 11, 2017
View full story in Work It, Lynchburg. A downtown business is moving up — literally. After years of dreaming and six months of fundraising and renovation work, Vector Space will be able to use its upstairs space at its location at 402 5th Street. The “make your own” space offers classes and workshops to its 40 paying members and the public. The business owned by husband-and-wife duo Adam and ...read more
Categories: Member News
Monday, December 11, 2017
Randolph College’s new M.F.A. in creative writing program has added yet another nationally recognized and multi-genre author to its faculty in Erika L. Sánchez.  Sánchez is a poet, novelist, and essayist from Chicago. Her debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, was published by Graywolf Press in July 2017, and her debut young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, published ...read more
Categories: Member News
Monday, December 04, 2017
View full story in The News & Advance.   Jake Shellenberger vividly remembers how his interview went in 2009 when Liberty University was looking to hire a coach to help start its women’s swimming team. He was impressed with the commitment the university showed to fielding the program, but he had one reservation. “When are we building a new pool?” he asked during the interview process. Eight ...read more
Categories: Member News
Thursday, November 30, 2017
View full story in The News & Advance. When former Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Bill Petty received a letter from Mike Doucette asking about a job opening more than a decade ago, he graded it. Though his inquiry earned an A-minus in the eyes of Petty, Doucette was hired and worked at the Lynchburg Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for 33 years, 11 of which were spent as the top ...read more
Categories: Member News
Thursday, November 30, 2017
LYNCHBURG, VA, November 29, 2017 -- Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc.  (‘the Company”) (Nasdaq:BOTJ), parent company of Bank of the James, has officially opened its first full-service banking facility in Appomattox, Virginia. For many years, the bank has served clients in Appomattox as part of its Region 2000 market coverage. It has expanded its presence in Appomattox during the past year, ...read more
Categories: Member News
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
View full story in The News & Advance. Lynchburg City Council voiced its support for a new financial incentive program encouraging developers to build in older areas of the city at its work session on Tuesday. City staff says the program will encourage new construction in some of Lynchburg’s oldest neighborhoods, bringing benefits that include allowing homeowners to build equity in a new home, ...read more
Categories: Member News
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Contact: H. Gregg Strader, EVP, chief banking officer, American National Bank and Trust, 336.369.2785, straderh@amnb.com  Danville, Va. – American National Bank and Trust Company announced today the promotion of Vikeesa Stultz to vice president,  area manager of the Lynchburg and Bedford offices.  Stultz joined American National Bank in January 2006, serving as manager of the Danville, Bedford ...read more
Categories: Member News
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
View full story in The News & Advance. Lynchburg Police Department representatives received the department’s ninth consecutive reaccreditation award from an international commission earlier this month. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA, establishes professional standards for law enforcement agencies – regarding functions like arrests, searches and seizures, ...read more
Categories: Member News
Monday, November 27, 2017
View full story in The News & Advance. ​Amelon Elementary School student Na’Kiya Lewis moved a token across a homemade game board decorated with stickers from the Disney animated film “Frozen”, sounding out words and letter combinations with her partner, Olivia Yurko. The two students — one in Lynchburg College, the other a first-grader — have been partners all semester as Yurko travels to ...read more
Categories: Member News
Monday, November 27, 2017
View full story in The News & Advance. Joan Waugh has wanted to be a Salvation Army bell ringer since she was a kid. For the past three years, Waugh has spent two hours every week in November and December ringing a bell outside of a Lynchburg-area business. This year, Waugh has spenther Tuesday mornings at the Wards Road Kroger. Dressed in warm gloves and switching hands every dozen rings, ...read more
Categories: Member News
Monday, November 27, 2017
View full story in Work It, Lynchburg. American Electric Power will hire 102 workers in Roanoke engaged in support of the transmission grid, company officials said Tuesday. AEP Transmission plans to relocate to and expand in downtown Roanoke with a new crop of engineers and technical experts. It will share the building at 40 Franklin Road that houses Appalachian Power, its sister company and ...read more
Categories: Member News
Monday, November 20, 2017
View full story in The News & Advance. Eric Goff leaned in close to his computer screen, his reading glasses slipping slightly down his nose, a Planet Fitness pen stuck between his lips. The Lynchburg College professor and internationally-renowned sports physicist analyzed a 17-second clip from Sunday’s Washington Redskins overtime loss against New Orleans Saints where Redskins Quarterback ...read more
Categories: Member News
Monday, November 20, 2017
The Alliance Small Business Committee and Ambassadors have been making the rounds visiting members to distribute marketing materials for Small Business Saturday® the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  The event inspires people to shop smaller merchants for clothes, gifts, as well as enjoy dining at one of our area restaurants. It also brings awareness of small businesses that provide products and ...read more
Categories: Press Release, General
Monday, November 20, 2017
LYNCHBURG, VA, November 20, 2017 –Bank of the James has announced that J.R. Rodes has been named Senior Vice President and Commercial Banker. Mr. Rodes joined the bank in May 2005 and most recently held the position of SVP and Portfolio Manager.  He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He is currently headquartered at the bank’s Forest office ...read more
Categories: Member News
Monday, November 20, 2017
The Alliance welcomes Denzel Jones as the Director of Public Policy and Special Programming after serving 5th Congressional District representative the Honorable Thomas A. Garrett. Denzel’s duties on Capitol Hill included oversight of the Congressman’s eventful political agenda spanning from committee meetings to keeping the Representative abreast of all voting times and dates conducted on the ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Monday, November 13, 2017
View full story in The News & Advance. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine addressed a friendly crowd of around 150 people Saturday at Lynchburg College, where he discussed a wide range of issues in a visit hosted by the College Democrats student organization. In his introduction of Kaine, LC student Carter Elliott IV described Kaine as someone who “can play a mean harmonica” and is lovingly referred to as ...read more
Categories: Member News
Monday, November 13, 2017
View full story in The News & Advance. Eight months after Lynchburg Mayor Joan Foster delivered a call to action to address poverty in Lynchburg and kicked off a long-term push by City Hall to help put people to work in higher-paying jobs, City Council is considering changing the messaging surrounding the program that aims to decrease the city’s 24 percent poverty rate. In a wide-ranging ...read more
Categories: Member News
Monday, November 13, 2017
Lynchburg, VA (November 13, 2017) – The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg has kicked off the 2017 Red Kettle Campaign with a plea for volunteers. The Red Kettle Campaign comprises on average 20 percent of The Salvation Army’s total budget. Last year, The Salvation Army provided more than 32,000 hot meals, 12,000 nights of lodging, and financial assistance to more than 6,000 people. In ...read more
Categories: Member News
Friday, November 10, 2017
The Alliance welcomes Denzel Jones as the Director of Public Policy and Special Programming after serving 5th Congressional District representative the Honorable Thomas A. Garrett. Denzel’s duties on Capitol Hill included oversight of the Congressman’s eventful political agenda spanning from committee meetings to keeping the Representative abreast of all voting times and dates conducted on the ...read more
Categories: General, Press Release
Monday, November 06, 2017
The Alliance officially celebrated the grand opening of their new business and industry headquarters located at 300 Lucado Place with a VIP reception and gala on November 4.  Alliance members, investors, and community leaders enjoyed the specialty drink, The Commerce Crush, as they entered and participated in guided tours, photo booth fun, dancing with live music by Apple Butter Soul and of ...read more
Categories: General
Friday, July 28, 2017
The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance is excited to announce that Heath Barret, IOM has been hired as the Vice President of Membership Development.  Heath will relocate from Mississippi and has a background in Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Main Street Association industries.  Heath entered the Chamber of Commerce industry in 2013 as Director of Membership and ...read more
Categories: Press Release, General
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Lucas part of latest Certified Chamber Executive Class  Alexandria, Va. (July 25, 2017) — Megan Lucas, CEcD, IOM, Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance CEO and Chief Economic Development Officer, has been designated as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). Alexandria, Virginia-based ACCE is an association of more than 7,500 chamber of ...read more
Categories: Press Release, General
Thursday, June 22, 2017
               What is the GLOBAL LEARNING XPRIZE? The $15M Global Learning XPRIZE is a competition that challenges teams from around the world to develop open-source software solutions that will facilitate an autonomous learning environment for children living in remote areas of the world. The winning technology will result in children achieving a pre-determined level of proficiency in reading, ...read more
Categories: Press Release, General
Monday, June 19, 2017
Progress on the Alliance’s future Regional headquarters continues with the expectations of completion before end of third quarter.  Staff offices are taking shape with new windows and doors to be installed in the weeks ahead with some windows that will be noticeable as you travel down Fifth Street. The bathrooms have been remodeled and have been to painted. New flooring has been selected for the ...read more
Categories: General
Monday, June 19, 2017
The Lynchburg Region has a strong story to share, Alliance is the Regional leader focused on generating awareness and discussion about the success, diversity and strength of manufacturing in our Region. The Lynchburg Region is a resource rich with the natural resources, education and workforce elements key to our opportunity. Telling the Regional Story is  vital to leveraging our competitive ...read more
Categories: Press Release, General
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
View full story in The News & Advance ..... For the first time this election season, all five of the Lynchburg commonwealth’s attorney and sheriff candidates attended the same forum. The Tuesday night debate held at Liberty University was hosted by the Young Professionals of Central Virginia, a partner of the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance. Each candidate was afforded one minute to ...read more
Categories: General
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
View story in The News & Advance.... Hundreds of job-seekers turned out Tuesday in Lynchburg for a first of-its kind job fair hosted by the company Reliant Hiring Solutions. The fair at the Heritage United Methodist Church saw a turnout of 26 companies and more than 325 job applicants. It's that enthusiasm that the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance says is the sign of something much bigger ...read more
Categories: General
Thursday, May 18, 2017
A heartfelt congratulations to the 36 area leaders and managers for their successful completion of Leadership Lynchburg's Flagship Program. The program immerses the aspiring or emerging leader, manager or first time supervisor in a nine-month study and practical application program on community leadership. Through monthly sessions, participants learn from top leaders in our region, study and solve ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Friday, May 05, 2017
Soft skills, professionalism and core standards of behavior were the main skills emphasized by employers at the 2017 Regional Workforce Summit hosted by the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance and presented by Union Bank.   Over 80 educators and employers gathered for a frank dialogue on the state of our workforce.  State and national trends were presented by keynote speakers followed by ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Saturday, April 29, 2017
The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance officially kicked off their new “Accelerating Our Future” campaign to a room full of regional business leaders at a reception last night at Wiley|Wilson. The new five-year campaign aims to raise over $3.3 million in private sector funds to intentionally influence the Region’s future economic prosperity.  In just over three months, the campaign has already ...read more
Categories: Press Release, General
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
View story at WDBJ7...The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance has received 5 star accreditation from the United States Chamber of Commerce.The accreditation process takes place every five years and this is the third consecutive period in which the alliance has received the distinction. This plays a huge factor in attracting businesses into the area."We are thrilled to be recognized for the third ...read more
Categories: General
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance has again earned the significant 5-STAR ACCREDITATION from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business advocacy organization. 5-star accreditation is the highest distinction possible. Of the 7,000 chambers of commerce in America, less than 3% earn accreditation at either a basic level (no stars), 3-star level, 4-star level, or the coveted ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
View story at WSET13... LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance is a five-star accredited chamber for the third straight time. It is the highest accreditation given by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which happens over a five-year cycle. The Alliance received the honors in 2006 and 2011 and it's only one of 13 chambers to have done this for three accreditation periods, ...read more
Categories: General
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
View full story in The News & Advance.... Airplanes, economic development and hunting dogs were among the issues Lynchburg-area legislators recapped for the Hill City business community Tuesday morning. The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance’s annual “Pancakes and Politics” breakfast provides the business community access tolegislators to askquestions following the 2017 General Assembly. In ...read more
Categories: General
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
 Lynchburg, VA – Lynchburg moves up from 37th in 2014 to 8th in the Gallup 2016 Healthways State of American Well-Being: 2016 Community Well-Being Rankings report, which highlights important trends in health and well-being within communities across the nation.  The report measures how residents of 189 U.S. cities feel about their physical health, social ties, financial security, community and ...read more
Categories: General, Press Release
Monday, February 27, 2017
View story in The News & Advance.... Nine months after the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance announced plans to relocate its headquarters to the former James River Conference Center on Lucado Place, construction began over the weekend. The organization currently works out of a small office on Memorial Avenue. According to Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance CEO Megan Lucas, the ...read more
Categories: General
Friday, February 24, 2017
Throughout this election cycle, we will be hosting all the gubernatorial candidates to participate in business roundtables in our region and hope you can join and contribute to the conversation. That being said, make your voice heard in our second dialogue concerning Virginia policy, labor and workforce and ways we can further nurture entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth.  As an entrepreneur ...read more
Categories: General
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Where Creativity and Commerce Connect - Alliance holds Annual Meeting The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance held its Annual Meeting, at The Kirkley Hotel last week at a standing room only breakfast. Alton Brown, Publisher of the News & Advance gaveled in the meeting that was filled with energy, vision and pride in the region’s prosperous business community.  Chairman Jim Richards shared his ...read more
Categories: General, Press Release
Saturday, February 18, 2017
View full story at ABC13 WSET..... LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The news of Liberty University moving to the FBS is generating excitement, not only on the campus, but around the Lynchburg area. One member of the women's soccer team said this move could bring in more recruits for her team, because she says by the football team playing new opponents, possible recruits could be interested in playing ...read more
Categories: General
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Consultant Connect Announces Leaders In The Industry KALAMAZOO, Michigan – Alliance CEO, Megan Lucas has been selected by Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants, as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers for 2017. The economic development professionals selected for this list were nominated by their colleagues ...read more
Categories: General, Press Release
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The 2017 Board Officers: James R. Richards, Petty, Livingston, Dawson & Richards, PC - Chair    Stefanie Prokity, Successful Innovations, Inc. - Chair Elect Aubrey "Todd" H. Hall III, First National Bank – Vice Chair Ryan McEntire, Brown, Edwards & Company, L.L.P. - Treasurer  Additional Board of Directors: Susan Adams, Appomattox County Anthony Andrews, Twenty23 Fred Armstrong, ...read more
Categories: General, Press Release
Thursday, January 05, 2017
View full story at ABC13 WSET. On Wednesday, CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., who owns the mall, announced plans for future redevelopment of four Macy's anchor locations in Louisville, Kentucky; Layton, UT; Beaumont, TX; and Bloomington, IL. Macy's announced an anticipated closing date of March 31 for the stores. In addition to the four stores mentioned above, CBL said it holds a minority ...read more
Categories: General
Friday, December 30, 2016
View full story in Virginia Business. ...When Standard Insurance Co. was looking for a site for a new East Coast operations center, Lynchburg and Altavista made the short list — even though they are only about 20 miles apart. “That was no accident,” says Bob Speltz, senior director of public affairs for Portland, Ore. – based Standard, a 110-year-old insurance and financial services company. “We ...read more
Categories: General
Sunday, December 18, 2016
View story in The News & Advance.   Economists from the Strome School of Business at Old Dominion University presented an uneven snapshot of Virginia and Lynchburg’s economic performance in 2016 at the second annual State of the Commonwealth Economic Summit on Thursday morning. Hosted by the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance and presented by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the report ...read more
Categories: General
Sunday, December 18, 2016
View story at ABC13 WSET.   LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance released its full State of the Commonwealth Report in Lynchburg on Thursday. Nearly 200 people turned out to hear about the health of our economy and to participate in interactive voting on the priorities that should be included in the new Blueprint 2025 statewide economic development plan, said the ...read more
Categories: General
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
View story Work It.   In preparation for the upcoming General Assembly session, which convenes on Jan. 11, the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance invited area legislators to answer questions Tuesday about their priorities heading into 2017. Sen. Steve Newman, R-Bedford County, and Del. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, addressed the crowd gathered over breakfast at Randolph College on topics ranging ...read more
Categories: General
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
BREAKING NEWS According to Reuters a federal judge on Tuesday blocked an Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay.  The U.S. Chamber responded, "We are very pleased that the court agreed with our arguments that the Obama administration's new overtime rule was unlawful and stopped rule from taking effect on December 1. If the overtime rule had taken effect, it would have ...read more
Categories: General, Press Release
Monday, November 14, 2016
View story at WSET... It's no secret downtown Lynchburg is growing. And, within the next few weeks, there will be two new restaurants to check out.The first is called Bootleggers, and it's set to open along the Bluff Walk on Friday, November 25. The second is called Fifth and Federal, a barbecue place with Southern flair, and it's set to open within the next two weeks. The Lynchburg Regional ...read more
Categories: General
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Over 1200 business, community leaders, and residents from Virginia’s Region 2000 came together to update the Region’s five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The new strategy will help elevate the Region’s competitiveness for new jobs and talent, guiding the Region’s investments in support of economic improvement and prosperity.  “The Comprehensive Economic Development ...read more
Categories: Press Release, General
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
A Job Fair is being held at River Ridge Mall that is co-sponsored by the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance. Job seekers can meet face-to-face with multiple area employers now hiring.  Make sure to dress to impress and also bring your resume. WHAT:  River Ridge Mall Job Fair Co-Sponsored by the AllianceWHEN:  October 29, 2016 10:00 AM - 5:00 p.m.WHERE: River Ridge Mall 3405 Candlers ...read more
Categories: General, Press Release

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