Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance gears up for new year to advance, grow region

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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 advocacy, communications, economic developments, events, membership engagement and growth, leadership training and workforce development and overall operations in 2018.
 
Highlights from last year included lobbying highlights from last year included lobbying for the Central Virginia Training Center, which resulted in preliminary funding conversations for site cleanup and remediation with key staff in the governor’s office, Prokity said. CVTC is set to close in 2020. 

Last year the Small Business Development Center moved into the alliance building to increase synergy and provide a central location for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

The Alliance embarked on a strategic planning process in the fall to create a three-year plan for the organization. This year the Alliance will focus on its three-year plan to create a redevelopment plan and strategy for reuse of CVTC, launch the regional Empowering People Innovation Commerce (EPIC) Center, increase retention of local college graduates, secure additional commercial air service from the Lynchburg Regional Airport and secure a company or major expansion in the region which would lead to increased jobs and capital investment.

Todd Hall, alliance chairman for 2019, said he was humbled to represent the businesses and organizations.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a native or a transplant, we are all in this together, we are all invested,” he said. “We compete with one another on a daily basis but at the end of the day, we’re really all on the same page when it comes to economic development and as the tides rise with economic development so will all our prospects with the future.”