“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.