Geoffrey Kershner
Endstation Theatre Company

Working with Lynchburg’s Economic Development Authority has been one of the most important partnerships our organization has engaged in. We moved Endstation to the city of Lynchburg largely because of our positive and meaningful partnerships with the EDA. This has been one of the most important relationships our organization has engaged in. The EDA has helped establish Lynchburg as a place where a growing arts organization like ourselves can make a home and we are proud of our new downtown office location.

Our early partnerships were EDA grant funded productions in the James River Arts and Culture District. These productions of Taming of the Shrew (at the Renaissance Theatre), Our Town (at Old City Cemetery), and Always, Patsy Cline (at the Academy of Fine Arts) brought thousands to downtown Lynchburg, which in turn brought visitors to area restaurants and businesses. These James River Arts and Culture District productions also brought our company cache and recognition, which helped boost our ticket revenue and our fundraising abilities.

We have also partnered with the EDA on Random Acts of Culture. This program brings surprise performances by professional actors and singers to area businesses. For us, this has been a joy to bring a break and diversion to these employers and employees who bring so much to our city. It has also continued to expand our name recognition and helped boost our reputation in the community. Together, we will continue to make arts and culture a major part of the revitalization of downtown Lynchburg.

~ Geoffrey Kershner, Artistic Director, Endstation Theatre Company

Endstation Theatre Company is committed to strengthening the community through theatrical exploration of its people, its landscape and its history. Endstation produces new works, reinterpretations of classical plays, and original theatrical productions for the Central Virginia community based on the historical, current, and cultural events specific to the area. 

John Kenney

When considering a move into the City; we contacted the Office of Economic Development to explore our options for locations and support services within the City. That was one of our best decisions in the decision process. The tireless energy provided in supporting our decision making process was a huge advantage and key to our final decision. It is rare to find this kind of support.

~ John Kenney, TRAX LLC

John Kenney is Vice President, TRAX International and President, TRAX LLC in Lynchburg, Va. TRAX provides a full range of specialized engineering support, analysis and modeling and simulation support for commercial energy clients; and is a leading supplier of high fidelity power plant simulators for the energy industry worldwide.In Lynchburg, John leads the commercial energy engineering group that provides specialized modeling, simulations and simulators for commercial Power Generation customers around the world.

Peyton S. Baker
Babcock & Wilcox Government & Nuclear Operations Group

The Office of Economic Development has been incredibly responsive to our needs. As we have needed new locations for our operations in the past few years, they’ve provided multiple avenues of support. It’s very valuable to have a partner like this working to make the City of Lynchburg a great place for business.

~ Peyton S. Baker, President & COO, Babcock & Wilcox Government & Nuclear Operations Group

Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group, Inc., (B&W NOG) located in Lynchburg, Va., a subsidiary of The Babcock & Wilcox Company, is a commercial facility that manufactures components for the U.S. government. This facility is the only domestic supplier of research reactor fuel elements for colleges, universities and national laboratories. The division's commercial operations include converting or downblending high-enriched uranium into low-enriched fuel for use in commercial reactors for generating electricity.

George S. Sanchez
Joshua's House LLC

The cooperation from the City of Lynchburg, particularly its Development Authority was vital to our project completion. Marjette Upshur and her team's proactive mindset and the EDA being there when we needed them was a demonstration to our company of the City's willingness to progress. When the EDA got involved, obstacles got a little smaller, information got a lot clearer and our project more economically viable. Thank you Lynchburg and we hope to do more with you!

- George S. Sanchez

Mr. Sanchez is currently redeveloping a historic building into new residential and commercial space at the corner of 5th and Harrison Streets. 

Thomas Herndon
Lynchburg City Schools

We love living and working in Lynchburg and the underwriting of the move by the HIPE program made the transition much more attractive. This is a wonderful program and it really helps us to commit to the move knowing that the bulk of the moving costs are being covered by this incentive.  

- Thomas Herndon, Chemistry and Physics, E.C. Glass High School

Mr. Herndon received a Housing Incentive for Professional Educators to relocate to Lynchburg to teach math or science in grades 6-12 in Lynchburg City Schools. 

Wes Fugate
Randolph College

The Random Act of Culture was a wonderful way to surprise our faculty and staff and bring cheer on a summer day. Our faculty and staff are still talking about the outstanding performances days later! It was a wonderful reminder of just how fortunate we are to live and work in Lynchburg.

-Wes Fugate, Vice President and Chief of Staff, Randolph College

The Lynchburg Office of Economic Development supports Random Acts to both show our appreciation for the businesses and employees in the community and to encourage the support of the arts in Lynchburg as a vibrant, and viable, economic sector.


Ryan Ford
Seven Hills Food

“Starting a new business in Lynchburg as a non-resident has been as smooth a process as I could have hoped.  Working with Marjette Upshur and the Office of Economic Development has been a pleasure. I’ve often felt like I have my own ambassador.”

- Ryan Ford, Seven Hills Food 

New business Seven Hills Food purchased and renovated the 100-year-old former Dinner Bell Meat processing facility. Seven Hills food was awarded the largest Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund grant to date and will process 100% Virginia-grown product, investing $3 million into the facility and creating 43 new jobs.

Carl Matice
Altus Chocolates

“We started our business in Lynchburg because we were looking for an area that is economically growing. Opportunity Lynchburg has helped our business by offering advice, finding space and connecting us with mentors in the community like SCORE and the Small Business Development Center. The City of Lynchburg is great for businesses – it is a fast growing city with new people open to new concepts and ideas. And it’s low cost, both low cost of living and low cost of doing business.”

~ Carl Matice, Owner, Altus Chocolates

Cao Artisan Chocolates is a bean-to-bar American Craft Chocolate Factory and a European-Style Chocolate Lounge on Main Street in Downtown Lynchburg. American Craft Chocolate is in its’ infancy. We have some great contemporaries around the country making bean-to-bar chocolate. Chocolate, for us, is a journey similar to life. We’re constantly learning, growing, and creating something special to bring to the world.

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