The City of Lynchburg, Virginia, is one of the best small cities in the country. Driven by innovative businesses and forward-thinking organizations, Lynchburg is a community that values history, natural beauty and healthy, inclusive neighborhoods. Every resident has the opportunity to thrive in the City of Lynchburg.

To be the best small city in America, the City of Lynchburg requires a deliberate strategy for competing for new investment and talent. In 2018, the Office of Economic Development & Tourism launched the Blueprint for Opportunity, a five-year strategic action plan built upon five key priorities: growing local businesses, engaging anchor institutions, filling workforce pipelines, enhancing quality of place, and communicating Lynchburg’s story to the world.

In March 2020, the world changed. Like other cities across the country, Lynchburg businesses, and the organizations that serve them, have had to make hard and fast decisions on how to function in this new normal. We now ask have ourselves how we will respond to this unique challenge. What must we do differently? How will citizens interact with local government? How will the City continue to serve Lynchburg businesses, big and small? How will our efforts position our city to welcome back visitors, conferences and sporting events? 

The City’s recovery is based on the resiliency of its citizens and businesses. Beginning in May 2020, the Office of Economic Development will work with the Blueprint Reset Task Force to update the City’s economic development strategy for recovery and resiliency. Presentations, documents and information will be shared periodically with opportunity for engagement and feedback.

Blueprint Reset Presentation (MP4)
Blueprint Reset Slides (PDF)
Blueprint Reset Presentation Questions (Fillable Form)

For more information: 

Anna Bentson 
Assistant Director, Economic Development & Tourism
City of Lynchburg
(434) 455-4493