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COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT  STRATEGY (CEDS) is the regional vision plan for the Lynchburg Region. It is a bold but achievable vision pushing our Region to think long term, work together and prosper.  The CEDS brings together hundreds of volunteers to meet challenges of the future while building on our past successes. It is a partnership with the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance and Virginia’s Region 2000 Local Government Council.

“Our vision is a prosperous, vibrant and inclusive Lynchburg Region recognized for the creativity of its workforce, the resilience of its economy, and its abundance of natural, cultural and education opportunities.”

View here the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and implementation Plan

The Strategy has five goals and eleven initiatives. 
GOAL I. . . projecting a positive image and cultivating our distinct identity
     Key Initiative #: Form an image and identity partnership to guide and implement a new collaborative regional branding
     and image campaign

GOAL II. . . facilitating the growth and expansion of our business community
     Key Initiative #2: Implement a collaborative, regional business retention and expansion (BRE) program

     Key Initiative #3: Implement a targeted economic development marketing and corporate recruitment program
     Key Initiative #4:
Launch a new Regional Center for Entrepreneurship that can serve as a long-term anchor and catalyst for the
     Region’sentrepreneurial ecosystem

     Key Initiative #5: Launch an economic gardening and Entrepreneur in Residence program to drive technology-based
     economic development

GOAL III. . . educating and developing a sustainable workforce
     Key Initiative #6: Form a regional talent coalition to coordinate sector-focused workforce development initiatives, address regional      skills gaps and enhance collaboration between the business community and educational institutions

     Key Initiative #7: Establish a Regional Workforce Center on the campus of Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) to deliver
     necessary workforce training

GOAL IV. . . investing in the connectivity of our Region
     Key Initiative #8: Update project priorities and implement the Region’s existing plans for transportation, broadband and other
     infrastructure provisions based on relevant takeaways from the Central Virginia Connectivity Study
     Key Initiative #9:
Develop and implement a regional site evaluation and improvement program to accelerate the preparation and
     availability of shovel-ready industrial sites in the Region

GOAL V. . . supporting the vitality of our diverse communities and downtowns
     Key Initiative #10: Advance a regional riverfront vision that seeks to “unlock” the Region’s riverfronts, better connecting and
     integrating local communities with the James, Roanoke and Staunton Rivers

     Key Initiative #11: Expand the establishment of Arts and Culture Districts throughout the Region to encourage and incentivize
     projects that improve the aesthetic, artistic and cultural appeal of the Region

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We welcome your involvement please sign up below and indicate the Initiatives that you’d like to participate in:

Thank you so very much for your initiative. A member of the Initiative Council(s) you selected will be in touch. In the meantime please be sure to read the complete CEDS Report shown above.