Lynchburg, Virginia

S itting pretty at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the City of Lynchburg is a thriving State of Virginia destination with a population of 81,000 and a median age of 28. Deeply rooted in history, the community itself is young and progressive. Referred to as an “Eds and Meds” community, Lynchburg is the central medical hub for the region, with Centra Health providing services to more than 250,000 people. The hospital offers a range of specialized care, including cardiac and trauma care, pediatrics, mental health, and outpatient surgery. On the “Eds” side, Lynchburg is home to five colleges and universities, including the Virginia University of Lynchburg – a small, not-for- profit Baptist HBCU which opened in 1886. Notable graduates include poet, gardener, and civil rights activist Anne Spencer, whose Lynchburg home is now a historical landmark and museum. With strong relationships between Central Virginia Community College and major employers in the city, students can receive training tailored to specific industries, creating opportunities for a skilled and ready workforce. The City of Lynchburg also offers programs to train and place potential employees. HireLynchburg is one program that has been put in place to support talent and in-demand skill development for Lynchburg industries. HireLynchburg aims to provide skills training and pathways to job opportunities within the City’s target industry clusters. The program is run through the City Manager’s office along with the Office of Economic Development and IRGINIA