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Friday, August 16, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. After half a century on the Champion Tree National Register, Red Hill’s centuries-old Osage-orange tree is back on top. The Osage-orange at Red Hill is once again the sole state champion in size, also clinching the national co-champion slot with a Delaware Osage-orange. First measured in 1970, the Red Hill Osage-orange towers over the grounds of the ...read more
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Friday, August 16, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance.   New Centra President and CEO Dr. Andy Mueller made his debut to the Central Virginia business community Wednesday morning at The Summit by delivering what Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance COO Christine Kennedy said is the most transparent talk she’s heard from a community leader. Mueller started in May, replacing former CEO E.W. Tibbs, who stepped ...read more
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Thursday, August 15, 2019
Five Woods Rogers attorneys in Lynchburg are included in the 2020 list of The Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers® announces its annual list after conducting thorough research surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers evaluate their peers. Recognition in Best Lawyers is considered a significant honor by both legal professionals and their clients. Milestones of being listed for five or more ...read more
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. Lynchburg City Schools has hired a replacement for former Chief Financial Officer Anthony Beckles who resigned June 4. According to a news release issued Tuesday night, Kimberly Lukanich, assistant director of finance, is the new chief financial officer for the school system.  Lukanich has worked for LCS for 13 years, most recently as assistant director ...read more
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. The Lynchburg Area Veterans Council will not host a Veterans Day Parade this year because it is shifting its focus to housing homeless veterans. “There are a number of homeless veterans in the Lynchburg area, and this number is likely to increase over the next two or three years as incarcerated veterans are released with no home to go to,” the council ...read more
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Lynchburg VA -  Riverviews Artspace has been awarded a $10,000 grant for the expansion of its SPARKS Digital Media Art Lab children program by Queen of Virginia Skill & Entertainment (“QVS”) through its Charitable Giving program. The SPARKS Digital Media Lab at Riverviews Artspace provides digital media arts and technology to one of the most underserved communities: socio economically challenged ...read more
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance.   City officials Monday unveiled a detailed schedule of more than two years of planned road and sidewalk closures along Main Street as crews prepare to replace aging infrastructure in the heart of downtown Lynchburg next month. Officials said the schedule, which will be updated regularly online, will allow business owners and visitors to better navigate ...read more
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. With just a handful of weeks to go before their debut performance, Liberty University’s marching band is putting the final touches on a show months in the making. Over the past week, Liberty’s Center for Music Arts and Worship has echoed with the sounds of drums as students have honed their skills at the school’s annual band camp. It is a high stakes ...read more
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. If you regularly attend local community meetings, there’s a chance you’ve run into the Rev. Jennifer Williams. Williams, an ordained minister and nurse, manages Centra’s Congregation & Community Health program, which offers health training, information and other services to faith groups and neighborhood organizations. Since stepping into the role last ...read more
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Monday, August 12, 2019
August 13–October 4  BROOKNEAL, VA – Foster Fuels is hosting a coat drive event called “Spread the Warmth” at the start of the 2019 school year. The local fuel company is encouraging the community to gather any gently used, unneeded coats that may be lying around their homes. These coats will be donated to various area elementary schools selected by the company’s showrooms throughout Central ...read more
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Monday, August 12, 2019
INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) announces the release of its 2019 annual financial performance analysis and ranking of the nation’s largest public accounting firms.  Roanoke, Virginia based Brown Edwards is among the nation’s top 100 firms again this year, moving up eight spots to #87.  The rankings are based on 2018 U.S. net revenue. IPA is the industry’s leading trade newsletter, and the report ...read more
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Wednesday, August 07, 2019
A business challenge presented by Vista Graphics promoting health, social, and charitable benefits in the spirit of friendly competition. Lynchburg, Va. -  Does your company have what it takes to bring home the Cup?  The Central Virginia Sports Commission (CVSC) is creating the Heart of Virginia Corporate Cup presented by Vista Graphics.  The event will take place October 10-12, 2019, location ...read more
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Wednesday, August 07, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. The Lynchburg-based Nuclear Operations Group of BWX Technologies achieved record-high revenue in the second quarter, the company said. That group’s revenue rose to $358.4 million in the quarter, up 7.9% from the same quarter the year before. Its operating income and operating margin also increased. Total company revenue rose 7.4% to $471 million, and the ...read more
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Wednesday, August 07, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. Days after Director of the Lynchburg Regional Airport Mark Courtney announced his plans to retire, City Manager Bonnie Svrcek named Deputy Airport Director Andrew LaGala as his replacement. "I am very happy that we had a plan in place to succeed retiring Airport Director Mark Courtney," Svrcek said in a news release issued Monday. "Mr. LaGala brings a ...read more
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Tuesday, August 06, 2019
LYNCHBURG, VA –  LAVC has recently changed its mission focus in an effort to provide more help directly to individual veterans, especially in the area of housing.  There are a number of homeless veterans in the Lynchburg area, and this number is likely to increase over the next two or three years as incarcerated veterans are released with no home to go to, i.e., no home plan.  Because of this ...read more
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Monday, August 05, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. After 20 years at the helm, Lynchburg Regional Airport Director Mark Courtney is retiring. “It certainly has been a dynamic and rewarding experience leading Lynchburg Regional Airport over the last 20 years, and I will miss the many friends I have made throughout the community,” Courtney said in the news release issued Thursday evening announcing his ...read more
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Friday, August 02, 2019
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Friday, August 02, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. Five Lynchburg city schools will have new principals or assistant principals as the new school year starts this month.  Kelly Bivens will take the helm of Dearington Elementary School for Innovation as principal as a result of Dani Rule becoming the principal of Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School for Innovation.  Bivens has served as the lead ...read more
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Friday, August 02, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. The NCAA approved Liberty’s two-year Football Bowl Subdivision reclassification process this week, making the Flames the 130th full-fledged member of college football’s top tier. The process was finalized when the NCAA Division I Strategic Vision and Planning Committee approved Liberty’s annual report and updated strategic plan. “They approved our entire ...read more
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Thursday, August 01, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. With its final 161 acres now up for auction, Patrick Henry Family Services is prepared to leave its historic 700-acre Brookneal campus for good. After serving children in need for nearly 60 years, the campus closed this month. Despite the closure of the nonprofit’s residential boys home that had operated since 1961, CEO Robert Day said the organization’s ...read more
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Thursday, August 01, 2019
I am one of the faculty members in the Step Up to Physical Sciences and Engineering at Randolph (SUPER) program. The program recruits, trains and retains future scientists with an emphasis on supporting students typically underrepresented in the sciences. As part of the program, we provide each entering student with a mentor. For many students, this relationship is incredibly valuable in helping ...read more
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Thursday, August 01, 2019
Construction Executive magazine, the leading source for news, market developments and business issues impacting the construction industry, released their special issue to recognize the “Top 50 Construction Accounting Firms” for 2019.  Brown Edwards is proud to be ranked #35 in this prestigious group of firms.   Brown Edwards has a history of over 50 years of serving the construction industry, ...read more
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Thursday, August 01, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. With passenger traffic up nearly 10% over last year, American Airlines will add a seventh round-trip flight between the Hill City and Charlotte this fall. The new flight soon could mean shorter wait times at the Lynchburg Regional Airport and shorter layovers in Charlotte, according to airport director Mark Courtney, who made the announcement in a news ...read more
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Thursday, August 01, 2019
Nathan Kluger spends his days at Sweet Briar College overseeing agricultural projects spread out across the college’s more than 3,000 acres. From an apiary to wildflower pollinator meadows to at least 20 acres of vineyards and other projects, Kluger is working with the college to provide new revenue streams as well as “redefine student experiences.” “[Sweet Briar] is a business that students ...read more
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Thursday, August 01, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. Chatting with Taj Mahal is a bit like combining a history lesson with a geography tutorial and a philosophy lecture. The 77-year-old living legend weaves in quotes from Aristotle and drops Grenadian proverbs as he expounds on the worldliness of blues music during a phone call with The News & Advance ahead of his concert at the Academy of Music Theatre on ...read more
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Alexandria, Va. (July 30, 2019) — Megan Lucas, CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer, Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance has been elected to serve on the board of directors for ACCE, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, an Alexandria, Va.-based association of over 9,000 professionals who work for and with more than 1,300 chambers of commerce.   Members of ACCE’s board of ...read more
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Monday, July 29, 2019
News Editorial Over 20 million people living in rural areas of our nation still lack an adequate internet connection. Closer to home, a more recent report from Virginia’s broadband chief advisor estimates that over 660,000 Virginia homes and businesses also are a part of this digital divide. Bridging this digital divide is critical to giving all Virginians access to the full benefits of ...read more
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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Johnson Health Center is celebrating National Health Center Week by hosting their Fifth Annual Back to School Care Fair on Saturday, August 3rd from 2pm-4pm at 2402 Atherholt Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501. This is a free event open to anyone in the community; there are no registration requirements. The event will be held outdoors, rain or shine.   The event hosts vendors, free book bags and school ...read more
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Thursday, July 25, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. The Lynchburg-based parent company of Bank of the James reported Friday a higher second-quarter profit of $1.38 million, or 31 cents per share, up about 6% from $1.3 million, or 30 cents per share, during the second quarter last year. In June, Bank of the James opened full-service banking locations in Charlottesville and Roanoke. The company plans to open ...read more
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Monday, July 22, 2019
Join with the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance in celebrating the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Scrub Connections, LLC from 10-10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 23. Ribbon cutting and remarks will be held at 10:15 a.m. Light refreshments will be served.   Scrub Connections, LLC is a newly founded medical apparel store that will be located at River Ridge Mall in Lynchburg, VA. This store will ...read more
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Monday, July 22, 2019
The Virginia Main Street Program of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), in partnership with RVA Works and Altavista On Track are hosting a Lean Canvas workshop in the Town of Altavista on Friday, August 2 at the Altavista Train Station. The workshop is being held from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Lean Canvas is a system for examining your business idea and improving your ...read more
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Friday, July 19, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. When Apollo 11 launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida 50 years ago this week, the astronauts on board were prepared to abort the mission in the event of a catastrophic malfunction shortly after launch. The emergency plan was devised in part by Kenneth Garren, the current president of the University of Lynchburg who once worked on the Apollo program. The ...read more
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Friday, July 19, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. The Lynchburg City School Board unanimously approved a charter for a task force that will address the future of education in the city. The task force's mission is to "gather information, engage the public in conversation, conduct thorough analysis and forward actionable recommendations to the school board with the goal of aligning future educational ...read more
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Thursday, July 18, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. Brookville High School swarmed with patrol cars and emergency vehicles. It was the textbook indication of a crime scene, but on Wednesday afternoon, it was only a drill. About two dozen first responders, spanning multiple agencies and departments, had gathered at the empty high school for the first formal multi-agency training hosted by the Campbell ...read more
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. Tucked away about three miles south of U.S. 460, near the old New London Dragstrip, the New London Steak House has been drawing a steady stream of repeat customers for 50 years now. For Jackie Tucker, a Lynchburg resident, the steakhouse not only has been a place to order a great filet and spiced steamed shrimp, it has been a source of fellowship and ...read more
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Monday, July 15, 2019
The GO Virginia Board announced its approval of the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance’s site readiness grant application on June 24. The Alliance’s Site Readiness Grant will advance a portfolio of six existing commercial/industrial sites along the site readiness scale and clarify next steps for moving all sites to at least Tier III on the Virginia Business Site Readiness Scale. This project ...read more
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Thursday, June 20, 2019
View story at the Roanoke Times...Two startups were born in the same coworking space near downtown Blacksburg in 2014. They both went on to raise money from venture capitalists, launch products and hire employees — just like economic developers like to see. But only one did so in Blacksburg. Today, both the company that stayed, Card Isle, and the one that left, LawnStarter, are happy with their ...read more
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Monday, June 17, 2019
The Virginia Small Business Development Center – Lynchburg Region is located at the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance office.  The SBDC -Lynchburg Region serves the City of Lynchburg, and Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell Counties with expert advisors ready to assist both budding ideas and existing businesses looking to expand. Thanks to funding from the U.S. Small Business ...read more
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Friday, May 03, 2019
The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance (the Alliance) and the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) today announced an agreement to work together in a joint effort to develop a technology based economic development plan for the region. One of the goals in the LRBA’s 2019 strategic plan is to create and implement an innovation and tech based economic development plan. Research on ...read more
Thursday, May 02, 2019
The Business Summit presented by Wells Fargo was held from 1:30 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 30 at the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance. The Summit featured a key note address by Business & Leadership Consultant,  Jennifer Owen-O’Quill,  Voltage Leadership Consulting and business learning labs taught by local leaders and influential speakers. Following the learning labs was a cocktail reception ...read more
Thursday, February 28, 2019
View story at The News & Advance...The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance had plenty to celebrate during its annual meeting Wednesday morning. “We are geared toward growth and success and our passion for the region isn’t slowing down,” Alliance CEO Megan Lucas said to the 345 business professionals in attendance. Past Chair Stefanie Prokity told members the alliance board worked to advance ...read more
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Terri Gibson, Regional Sales Director, Daly Seven has received the 2018 Ambassador of the Year Award by the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance.  Terri handles sales for three properties in Lynchburg, including the Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express, and SpringHill Suites. Daly Seven has been a member of the Alliance since 2014.   The Ambassador of the Year award was originally ...read more
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Nearly 350 business and community leaders were in attendance at the Annual Meeting presented by Central Virginia Sports held February 27.  The event played off the theme of “Growing Together. Succeeding Together."   The Annual Meeting highlighted accomplishments and embraced new core values to advance the region forward with its program of work. These core values are Agile, Accountable, Beyond ...read more
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Have you noticed our "facelift?" We've launched a new website and we hope you'll enjoy the new look! The new website aims to provide a clear message of who we are, and what we stand for. Improved menu functionality directs you to the information most relevant to you, our member. It is also fully responsive with mobile devices, making it easy to navigate on a wide range of web browsers and portable ...read more
Friday, February 15, 2019
The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance and the Central Virginia Workforce Development Board are pleased to announce the Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo presented by Wells Fargo happening this April.  Students and soon-to-be grads will attend the Expo to learn about employment that supports STEM education to include life sciences, advanced manufacturing, robotics, construction, HVAC/industrial ...read more
Monday, January 21, 2019
Chris Faraldi, Director of Government Relations is representing the voice of local business at the legislature this January and February as the Alliance advocates for legislation that will benefit the regional business and economic success of our community. The Alliance Legislative Affairs Committee and Board of Directors have created the 2019 Legislative Agenda with member input. You can view ...read more
Monday, January 21, 2019
Lynchburg Business “Best of Business Awards” Thanks to the businesses in the region who voted and recognized the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance as an organization that brings success and vibrancy to Lynchburg’s business community.Silver Award:     Best Local Leader Making a Difference - Megan LucasSilver Award:     Best Business Mentor/Coach - Christine KennedySilver Award:     Best ...read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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