Lynchburg Region featured in Site Selection Magazine

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June 06, 2018
Lynchburg took center stage in the featured article “What America Can Learn from Lynchburg, Virginia” written by Ron Starner, Executive VP of Conway, Inc. and a writer for Site Selection Magazine.  After Starner’s visit to the Region, he discussed Lynchburg as a role model for successful economic growth.

Contributing high tech manufacturing firms BWX Technologies and Framatome put our region as one of the two most important nuclear cities in the US. Both firms contribute access to recruiting talent from Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Liberty University and other schools and technical colleges that tailor training programs to meet the needs of their labor force to their success. Additional corporations mentioned that serve the nuclear sector included NovaTech, Innerspec, Aerofin and Flowserve, in addition, many suppliers and vendors to the nuclear sector that call our region home.

The article goes on to mention that Lynchburg has transformed from a “company town into an entrepreneurial one with innovations that expand from conveyors to the robotic field that are operated through exceptional talent.” Start-up stories mentioned included Carroll Moon, chief technology officer of CloudFit who helps companies integrate the cloud with their IT portfolios and is currently located in the Alliance headquarters.

The article also cites Liberty University, which has become a major influencer in the Region with more than 15,000 students and a $1.6 billion endowment. LU has spent $1 billion on new facilities over the last 10 years and continues grow. Fortune 500 firms come to their campus to recruit their students. Couple that with LU’s transition to the Atlantic Sun Conference and the highest quality of education in the country makes our economy great even if it is not all rocket science.  The low cost of living and a dynamic workforce makes our region a great place to live.