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Results Found: 47
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Beginning January 2, 2019, the Lynchburg Visitors Center at 12th and Church Streets will undergo an interior renovation. We anticipate that the Center will be closed for approximately 8 weeks. During the renovation, Visitors Center staff will locate in the Courthouse Museum at Monument Terrace. Hours are 10-4 Monday through Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday.
Categories: Member News
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
View full story in The News & Advance.   Liberty University Athletic Director Ian McCaw promised to swiftly fill the vacant football head coaching position earlier this week. He made good on that vow Friday morning with a heavy-hitter hire. McCaw and Liberty agreed to terms on a five-year contract with former University of Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze to become the program’s ninth head ...read more
Categories: Member News
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
View full story in The News & Advance. Hugh Freeze’s swift ascension through the college football coaching ranks to a head coaching position in the powerhouse Southeastern Conference is credited to his innovative offensive schemes and ability to produce record-breaking numbers on that side of the ball. Liberty’s new football coach doesn’t plan on changing anything on offense after being named ...read more
Categories: Member News
Friday, December 07, 2018
View full story in The News & Advance. A cheer ripped through the Academy of Music Theatre as the exuberant words ofthe arts complex’s executive director Geoffrey Kershner echoed through the opulent performance hall. “We did it!” he said to the packed house inside the newly restored theater. “We did it!” Originally opened in 1905, the Academy of Music Theatre hosted a pantheon of performance ...read more
Categories: Member News
Friday, December 07, 2018
View full story in The News & Advance. Liberty University athletic director Ian McCaw made good on his promise to swiftly fill the vacant football head coaching position by agreeing to terms with former University of Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze on Friday morning to become the Flames’ next coach. Contract details were not immediately made available. The hiring is a big win for Liberty. ...read more
Categories: Member News
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
View full story in The News & Advance. In a little over a month, Virginia legislators will come together in Richmond to discuss bills on health care, transportation and broadband when the Virginia General Assembly convenes Jan. 9 in Richmond. About 75 business, education and nonprofit leaders heard directly from Sen. Mark Peake, R-Lynchburg; Sen. Steve Newman, R-Bedford County; and Del. Scott ...read more
Categories: General, Member News
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
View full story in The News & Advance. At Liberty University Wednesday, First Lady Melania Trump called opioid addiction “an illness that has truly taken hold of our country” and said the public needs to show compassion to those suffering from the disease. Trump was the marquee speaker on a high-powered town hall panel that also included U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and ...read more
Categories: Member News
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
View full story in The News & Advance. Two reporters for The News & Advance have won a Virginia Farm Bureau Federation award for agricultural coverage. Staff writers Rachael Smith and Carrie Dungan won the daily newspaper category in the farm bureau federation’s annual Journalism Awards for their coverage of Appomattox students learning farming skills, a therapeutic horse farm, a local ...read more
Categories: Member News
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Introducing Central Virginia Sports Commission An independent non-profit created to impact the region through sports  Lynchburg, VA – A National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) study states that in 2017 the sports tourism industry had an $11.4 billion dollar impact on the U.S. economy.  A noticeable sliver of this impact was felt right here in central Virginia among its many hotels, ...read more
Categories: Member News
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Timberlake Family Pharmacy hosts “Pix with Santa” a Pay-It-Forward Initiative”Friday – December 7th, 2018  Timberlake Family Pharmacy hosts Pix with Santa, December 7th, 3PM-7PM, at 20276 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502. Join us as we share in the spirit of Christmas by supporting a local non-profit that serves our neighbors that is near and dear to us. “Pix with Santa” is our annual food ...read more
Categories: Member News
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
View full story in The News & Advance. Dodson Pest Control, established in Lynchburg, announced Wednesday it has acquired Slagle Pest Control of Bristol, Tennessee. According to a news release Slagle Pest Control has been in business since 1951 and owners Diane and Bob Slagle have decided to retire.
Categories: Member News
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
View full story in The News & Advance. Lynchburg’s first Freedom School will have a home at Randolph College when it launches in summer 2019. Representatives of Randolph College and members of The Listening, the local nonprofit starting the six-week summer program, announced the partnership Tuesday. Freedom Schools originally grew out of the civil rights movement and were temporary, ...read more
Categories: Member News
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
View full story in The News & Advance. Walking through the mirror-paneled doors into the heart of the newly restored Academy of Music Theatre is like taking a step back in time. After crossing over black and white tiles that mimic the old marble floors, across plush purple carpet in between the orchestra rows, audiences will see it: a bold red curtain, so iconic from theaters of old, bracketed ...read more
Categories: Member News
Monday, December 03, 2018
Harrisonburg, VA firm Yancey & Bowman, LLC, is pleased to announce the joining of their firm with Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP effective December 1, 2018.   With this union, Roanoke, VA based Brown Edwards will have over 350 associates in 10 offices located in Blacksburg, Bristol, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Newport News, Roanoke, and Wytheville, Virginia; Charleston and Bluefield, West Virginia; ...read more
Categories: Member News
Friday, November 30, 2018
View full story in The News & Advance. Lynchburg City Schools Superintendent Crystal Edwards said creating a better learning environment for students in Lynchburg can happen through conversations with people in the community. “We can go to the school board or a meeting at a school and have PowerPoint presentations and all the statistics you want,” Edwards during the Lynchburg NAACP’s monthly ...read more
Categories: Member News
Thursday, November 29, 2018
NASHVILLE, TN, Nov. 29, 2018 – Pinnacle Financial Partners is one of the nation’s best employers for working parents. The firm earned the No. 40 spot on the list of 2018 Best Workplaces for Parents from FORTUNE magazine and Great Place to Work®. The list was determined by anonymous employee surveys, with analysis focused on the comparison between parent responses and non-parent responses. ...read more
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
View full story in The News & Advance. The Lynchburg Humane Society Board of Directors has named Elizabeth Mars of Naperville, Illinois, as its new executive director, according to a news release Monday. She will begin her new position in mid-December. Mars succeeds Makena Yarbrough, who resigned in August to accept a position with Best Friends Animal Society, a national organization ...read more
Categories: Member News
Monday, November 26, 2018
Happy Cyber Monday, fellow Alliance members!  The holiday season is HERE!  Would you like help with gift-giving this year?  Who's on your list: employees, coworkers, office assistants, bosses, family, friends, Starbucks barista?!  Feel free to check out my website for ideas (www.amysmarykay.com) or better yet, call me!  Mary Kay products are for women AND men, and I'd be happy to recommend my top ...read more
Categories: Member News
Monday, November 26, 2018
On Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. in the College’s library, Randolph will formally announce a new partnership with The Listening to open a Freedom School. The program is the first of its kind in Lynchburg, and only the second Freedom School in the state of Virginia. The announcement will include a formal signing of the agreement.  An initiative of the Children’s Defense Fund, Freedom Schools offer a ...read more
Categories: Member News
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
LYNCHBURG, VA. — The holiday season is in full swing at River Ridge starting with Black Friday shopping at 6 a.m. on November 23. This year, River Ridge is introducing new events and décor elements in addition to community traditions like The Salvation Army Angel Tree and the River Ridge Express train rides.  A new tree, a new tradition  A 23-foot Christmas tree complete with lights and ...read more
Categories: Member News
Friday, November 09, 2018
Graham Evans Promoted to Vice President and Portfolio Manager II Graham Evans has been promoted to Vice President and Portfolio Manager II at Bank of the James.  Mr. Evans began his banking career as a Teller in 2012 and has held positions of Customer Service Representative and Credit Specialist.  He is a graduate of Radford University and earned a BS degree in Business.  He is also a graduate of ...read more
Categories: Member News
Friday, November 02, 2018
View story in The News & Advance.......The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance has created a new Hall of Fame to recognize the dynamic and distinguished men and women who have impacted Lynchburg and the surrounding region with their business and civic engagement. The inaugural class will be inducted this Saturday. “The concept came from wanting to preserve the roles that individuals, businesses ...read more
Categories: Member News, General
Friday, October 26, 2018
See full story at ABC13 WSET.... LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance is launching the area's first Business Hall of Fame and Liberty's founder and president are among the first inductees. The Hall of Fame will honor leaders who have impacted the region's business, industry, and the community. Jerry Falwell, Sr. and Jerry Falwell, Jr. will join leaders like A. C. ...read more
Categories: General, Member News
Thursday, October 18, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, has appointed Megan Lucas, IOM, CCE, CEcD, CEO and Chief Economic Development Officer of the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance, Chair of the National Board of Trustees. Christine Kennedy, IOM, CPC, ELI-MP, COO and Vice President of the Lynchburg Regional ...read more
Categories: General, Press Release
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance was pleased to host the 2nd Annual Salute to Manufacturing breakfast presented by First Piedmont Waste Solutions and to kick off manufacturing month.  The keynote speaker was Leila Aridi Afas of Toyota Motor North America. Delegate Scott Garrett was also in attendance. The Lynchburg region has some incredible advantages—unparalleled resources and an ...read more
Categories: Press Release, General, Member News
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Over 100 regional business leaders, HR professionals and educators gathered at the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance on October 5 for the 2018 Regional Workforce Summit.  This event brings together community stakeholders for conversations and presentations aimed at ensuring that employers in our region can fill their job demand. “It’s all about filling the talent pipeline and that conversation ...read more
Categories: General, Press Release
Monday, August 27, 2018
In early August the City of Lynchburg unveiled “Downtown 2040,” the Downtown Lynchburg Master Plan. After reviewing the document, engaging the business community and discussing the plan, the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance’s Legislative Affairs Committee recommended an endorsement of the Downtown Lynchburg Master Plan to the Alliance Board of Directors at the August 23rd board meeting. The ...read more
Categories: General, Press Release
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
The Virginia Small Business Development Center which serves the City of Lynchburg and Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell Counties has relocated from the campus of CVCC to a new host organization, the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance.  The SBDC – Lynchburg Region is a free, confidential business advising service open to all small businesses in the region. Committed to providing small ...read more
Categories: General, Member News, Press Release
Monday, July 30, 2018
Alexandria, Va. (July 26, 2018) — Christine Kennedy, IOM, CPC, ELI-MP, Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance COO and Executive Vice President, 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 commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce, ...read more
Categories: General, Member News, Press Release
Monday, July 16, 2018
Alliance welcomes Chris Faraldi as the Director of Public Policy and Special Programming who comes to us after serving U.S. Senator Charles Grassley. Chris was the director of correspondence and led a team of seven legislative correspondents, along with three interns to ensure incoming and outgoing correspondence was managed efficiently.   He also provided administrative and technical support ...read more
Categories: General, Press Release, Member News
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Lynchburg took center stage in the featured article “What America Can Learn from Lynchburg, Virginia” written by Ron Starner, Executive VP of Conway, Inc. and a writer for Site Selection Magazine.  After Starner’s visit to the Region, he discussed Lynchburg as a role model for successful economic growth. Contributing high tech manufacturing firms BWX Technologies and Framatome put our region as ...read more
Categories: General, Member News
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
The Alliance is excited about our new Inside Lynchburg Region magazine that showcases the Lynchburg Region. A BIG thank you to our advertising partners that made the publication happen. Copies are available at the Alliance. The new digital magazine is featured online and the website will be ready soon. Contact Ruth Martineau if you are interested in an online ad.View here for debut of magazine.
Categories: General, Press Release, Member News
Monday, April 30, 2018
View editorials in The News & Advance... Small businesses are the engine of our economy in the Lynchburg region. There are many positive impacts of small business on our regional economy: Small businesses are more likely to utilize other local businesses such as banks, service providers, and farms; for every $100 you spend at small businesses, $68 will stay in the community; and more than half ...read more
Categories: General, Member News
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
The Economic Vibe breakfast scheduled from 7:30 - 9 a.m., April 26 at the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance will feature guest speaker Ron Starner, Executive Vice President of Conway Inc. He serves as editor of the TrustBelt Report and is lead organizer of the annual TrustBelt Conference. He also writes extensively for Site Selection and Conway’s Custom Content Publishing Division. Mr. Starner ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
The Alliance is here for the Lynchburg Regional Business Community. If a business was impacted from Sunday’s storms and are without power or WIFI this week we have extra offices, large conference space with tables and chairs for businesses. Our doors are open and your business is our business and we have the resources to help your keep your business up and running. The Alliance has coffee and a ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Member News
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The Alliance is here for the Lynchburg Regional Business Community. If a business was impacted from Sunday’s storms and are without power or WIFI this week we have extra offices, large conference space with tables and chairs for businesses. Our doors are open and your business is our business and we have the resources to help your keep your business up and running. The Alliance has coffee and a ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Monday, April 16, 2018
The Alliance is here for the Lynchburg Regional Business Community. If a business was impacted from Sunday’s storms and are without power or WIFI this week we have extra offices, large conference space with tables and chairs for businesses. Our doors are open and your business is our business and we have the resources to help your keep your business up and running. The Alliance has coffee and a ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
View story in The News & Advance...Just a few months after visiting Lynchburg to answer questions about politics, education and the economy ahead of the General Assembly, Virginia legislators returned to the Hill City to give their thoughts on the most recent session. Sen. Steve Newman, R-Bedford County; Sen. Mark Peake, R-Lynchburg; Del. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg; and Del. Ben Cline, ...read more
Categories: General, Member News
Monday, March 19, 2018
A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a regional plan developed by business, government and non-profit stakeholders that provides a collaborative and unified strategy for regional economic development. Not only will this plan guide our organizational strategy for the next five years, but it will be critical in obtaining the federal funding assistance necessary for regional ...read more
Categories: General
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
View full story in The News & Advance....Members of the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance met Wednesday morning for its annual meeting to discuss the past year’s achievements and what is to come in the upcoming year. Alliance CEO Megan Lucas said the organization serves as a catalyst for major change but only through synergy and regional partnerships. “There can be no doubt that the alliance ...read more
Categories: General
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Read full story in The News & Advance...Innovairre Communications LLC, a global manufacturer of direct mail fundraising campaign materials for nonprofits, will create at least 12 new jobs in Bedford County, according to the governor’s office. Gov. Ralph Northam announced Innovairre’s $4.85 million investment in Bedford County in a Tuesday news release. The Cherry Hill, New Jersey-based company ...read more
Categories: General
Thursday, February 22, 2018
The award winning Leadership Lynchburg program seeks candidates who want to expand their influence, develop their skills and lead in their personal and professional lives. Leadership Lynchburg provides in-class instruction, interaction with community leaders and rewarding community projects. Alumni role models and coaches support the journey. The ideal candidate is open to learning about how they ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The Lynchburg Region is receiving a GO Virginia grant award for "Stopping the Brain Drain: Talent Attraction and Retention Strategy Development," led by three regional economic development organizations, the Roanoke Regional Partnership, Onward New River Valley, and the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance. The project will create a Talent Action Coalition involving employers, educators, and ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Monday, February 19, 2018
The United States is projected to grow 2.7 percent in 2018 as tax cuts promote job and income growth. As the old saying goes, “a rising tide lifts all ships” and our region is poised for positive growth as we implement our economic development recruitment strategy for 2018 and beyond. We continue to see increased requests for information for the Lynchburg Region, in addition to seeing expansions ...read more
Categories: General, Press Release
Sunday, February 18, 2018
View story in The News & Advance...The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance maintains a presence in Richmond during the General Assembly session and closely watches bills and issues that could impact our region. A bill gaining traction (Senate Bill 714) is one that we oppose as it’s an unprecedented and unwarranted effort to constrain the ability of our economic development professionals to ...read more
Categories: General, Press Release
Thursday, December 14, 2017
View full story here. About 100 business leaders met Thursday at the newly renovated Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance on Lucado Place to hear how November’s election results could affect local economic decisions. Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science and international affairs and director of the Center for Leadership & Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington, was ...read more
Categories: General
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
View full story here Pancakes were not the only item on the menu Tuesday morning during the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance Pancakes & Politics Outlook Breakfast. The breakfast, held in Smith Hall at Randolph College, was attended by area businesspeople to hear their legislators’ priorities before the General Assembly reconvenes Jan. 10. About 75 business leaders were in attendance. Sen. ...read more
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