City of Lynchburg’s Office of Economic Development Releases 2015-2016 Annual Report (Part 2/2)

August 25, 2016

Economic Development Programs

The Office of Economic Development works to build a range of local programs and incentives to create and retain jobs, improve Lynchburg’s infrastructure and assets, and invest in local quality of life initiatives.


Enterprise Zone Investments:
Lynchburg, Virginia has two Commonwealth of Virginia Enterprise Zones: #2 and #46. These zones span 4,200 acres of commerical property in Lynchburg. In 2015, 

  • $203,585 was invested through Enterprise Zone Job Creation Grants, creating 52 jobs and retaining 567 jobs
  • $837,602 was awarded to Lynchburg businesses in Enterprise Zone Real Property Investment Grants, leveraging more than $15.8 million in private commercial property investments
  • $134,000 invested to support local businesses through the Local Enterprise Zone Redevelopment Program, leveraging $4.2 million invested in capital investments across the City


In 2015-2016, the City of Lynchburg Office of Economic Development and Economic Development Authority: 

  • Supported more than $300,000 in public-private partnerships for infrastructure improvements benefiting multiple businesses, including new sidewalks at Ivy Creek Innovation Center, to improved accessibility and enhance public infrastructure
  • Supported 21 local arts events and cultural initatives through the James River Arts & Cultural Districtgrant program, generating more than $1.9 million generated in economic activity
  • Launched CO.STARTERS, a 9-week entrepreneurial program to equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into sustainable and thriving businesses. 22 startups completed Lynchburg’s first course and five businesses received start-up funding through Community Business Launch. 


Lynchburg’s Accomplishments

In 2015-2016, Lynchburg was awarded many distinguished accolades:

  • In June, we were designated as the first TechHire community in Virginia – a White House initiative designed to equip citizens with skills to fill local, high skill jobs
  • Lynchburg also retained a second Enterprise Zone for 10 more years
  • The Economic Development Authority was awarded $400,000 from the EPA to identify and access the City’s brownfield sites
  • The City was also awarded a $60,000 Community Business Launch grant, which helped fund Launched in Lynchburg and $40,000 in startup grants.
  • The Opportunity Lynchburg website won a 2015 Silver Award at the International Economic Development Council’s annual conference in Anchorage, Alaska
  • The Economic Development Authority hosted Lynchburg Innovation Week, a three-day event designed to highlight our business community and inspire citizens to take an active role in growing our City
  • Opportunity Lynchburg developed Launched in Lynchburg – a video-based platform for entrepreneurs built by content generated by the local business community

Pacific Life announced a new location in the City of Lynchburg, investing $4 million in a downtown presence and creating 300 new jobs. 

Since 2011, the private sector has invested nearly $60 million in the redevelopment of Downtown buildings. During this time, small businesses in Downtown Lynchburg have created 85 jobs and there are now nearly 800 residential lofts in the heart of the City. 

Thank you to everyone who has worked hard to strengthen our City. Working together, we have accomplished so much in just one year. Together, we are the City of Opportunity.

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