Chamber News
The Five Star Accredited Lynchburg Regional Chamber is embarking on a capital campaign to build for Lynchburg’s Future.  In 2011, the Chamber was awarded top accreditation by the U.S. Chamber placing them in the top ½ of 1 percent of all Chambers.  And now, it’s time to build a home for…
Over 100 business leaders attended a Chamber of Commerce breakfast to hear from the area's new lineup of legislators about topics including the state Senate's reorganization and a $1 billion budget shortfall. Read the full article here.
The Lynchburg Regional Chamber gets 5-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "This puts the Chamber in the top one percent of all Chambers nationwide," said Rex Hammond, President & CEO. View story from The News & Advance and also view full press release. 
The Chamber welcomes Rick Edwards, as Central Virginia Industries Council Coordinator, who will work to promote the benefits of CVIC to manufacturers and industries as well as conduct a comprehensive wage and benefit survey. Edwards brings with him over 30 years of experience in manufacturing sales and business development, having…
The Central Virginia Industries Council (CVIC), a subdivision of the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, has announced its new leadership. Members of the CVIC Board of Advisors, which will meet quarterly, are as follows:Rex Hammond – Lynchburg Regional Chamber of CommerceGary Hostutler – RR DonnelleyJames Lowe – Griffin Pipe Products…
Del. Scott Garrett and the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomed State Commerce Secretary Jim Cheng to discuss the push for small business innovations. View story.
Democrat Bert Dodson and Republican Tom Garrett discussed jobs and the economy at Lynchburg Regional Chamber debate held at Randolph College. View story.
The city has been awarded a $700,000 federal grant. The grant would help the city find a new carrier to replace Delta, which discontinued its service from Lynchburg last January. The new grant could be used to subsidize AirTran if it agrees to pick up where Delta left off. Christine…
“We still have a huge hurdle to overcome, which is the new model of air service in this country,” said Christine Kennedy of the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. “It’s simply no longer profitable to fly small regional aircraft. You’ve got to be the right route with the right aircraft.”’…

Chambers host Candidates Forum

Saturday, 10 September 2011
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting a candidate forum on September 13th from 5:00 - 8:00pm at the Liberty University School of Law. Forum is open to the news media. View story here. This forum will provide each candidate an…
Rex Hammond, President and CEO of the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, another passenger-rail advocate, said "there was no reason yet for panic about the Lynchburg-to-D.C. train, called the Northeast Regional." Veiw story here.
Chamber Announces Partnership with Virginia Manufacturers Association to Offer Vital Workforce Initiatives The new partnership with the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) that will provide exclusive discounts on assessments, customized training and certifications to help area manufacturers get the skilled workforce needed.  Among the products is the newly created VA Career…
Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce supports the Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization.
Members of the Trans-Dominion Express Committee spoke with a group of Tennessee chamber executives meeting in Johnson City, seeking their support for a plan to extend passenger rail service from Lynchburg, Va., to Chattanooga, Tenn. The plan would address a recent Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation study that…
The Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce has formed a partnership with the Virginia Manufacturers Association to provide job training and certification to help area manufacturers get the skilled workers they need. View story.
Chamber President & CEO, Rex Hammond spoke at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization's (MPO) final public hearing. Hammond commented, "The whole point of a national highway is to transport people from point A to point B safely and efficiently. That is not taking place in Charlottesville." View story here.
Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce understands that a top-notch transportation system is key to economic growth and job creation. Read more here
Rex Hammond, President and CEO of the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, credited Newman for working with McDonnell and Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton to get the Bypass project moving again. View story here.
Rex Hammond, President & CEO of the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, attended Albermarle County board meeting on Wednesday, July 13 and stressed to the board the importance of the road to his community, and to stress support outside of Albemarle County for the route. View story here
Virginia has been ranked the top state in the nation for business by CNBC. "State of the art education and then career opportunities right after you finish school," Christine Kennedy, Exec. Vice President, Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce said. Bryan David of Region 2000 said our region has helped quite a bit…
Leadership Lynchburg alumni W. Garth Calhoun has been named Assistant Vice President and Amherst County Regional Business Development Officer for the Bank of the James in Amherst.  He was previously located at the bank's Madison Heights office and will also relocate to the bank’s Amherst Office and divide his time between both…
View full story from The News & Advance. While it may be premature to do a victory lap, this is clearly a huge step forward in our collective effort.  Many additional steps need to be taken before the US 29 Bypass of Charlottesville will become a reality.  The Chamber has…
Lynchburg Regional Chamber and Central Virginia Industries have merged to form Central Virginia Industries Council. View story here.
Rex Hammond, President & CEO of the Lynchburg Regional Chamber, says Lynchburg's Amtrak line is being touted as one of the most successful in the nation.  "They've actually used us as an example nationwide of building a partnership with a state and a region to make its service successful," he…
Congratulations to the 2011 Small Business Award Recipients:  Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Plantation Successful Innovations, Inc. James River Furnishings/Thomas Johnson Furniture Lynchburg Area Center for Independent Living Tresca on 8th View more information here.
Ridership on the Northeast Corridor (Lynchburg - Washington, D.C.) Amtrak train increased 40% in April over 2010! The Chamber continues to support rail travel and to campaign for extending service to Roanoke, Bristol and Tennessee. View story here.
The Chamber held its 6th annual Women of Worth Luncheon today and presented the ATHENA Award to Sue Coleman, Project Manager, with AREVA. The ATHENA Award program was created in 1982 by Martha Mayhood Mertz and since that time, this international award program has awarded more than 6000 awards in…
The Chamber honors two for their community servicet and Chamber service at its Annual Meeting: George Dawson received the George Taylor Stewart III Award, given in recognition for service to the community.  Dawson is President of Centra. Darrel Staat is the recipient of the F.M. “Dink” Cloyd Award for Chamber service…
Lynchburg Regional Chamber unveiled the 30th anniversary edition of Lynchburg Life and the publication is available at the Chamber.
The Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2011 Officers. Tulane Patterson, CEO, Generation Solutions as Board Chairman, John Keith, J. Crew, Human Resource Director as Past Board Chairman, Tom Hickey, American National Bank & Trust, Vice President of Business Banking as Board Treasurer.  The following new…

Community Dialogue on

Friday, 03 December 2010
Business and community leaders met at the Chamber on Friday morning, December 3 for the Community Dialogue on the "Backpack for Kids Sake" program. Over 6,000 children in our region go home on weekends having no food to eat and end up coming back to school on Monday hungry. $200 will fill a…
Lynchburg gets #2 ranking in best digital cities. Another reason we're a great city! http://bit.ly/ci2now

Chamber launches Enterprise Today

Monday, 08 November 2010
View the newest Chamber publication "Enterprise Today."
Lynchburg Regional and Danville/Pittsylvania County Chambers of Commerce have organized a 5th District Congressional Candidate Debate on Wednesday, October 27, 4:30 p.m. at  host sponsor, Randolph College, Smith Hall Theatre.  The debate will be held between the two major party candidates running for the 5th District Congressional seat. Congressman Tom…
The Lynchburg Regional Chamber and Liberty University-School of Law are hosting a Constitutional Seminar: "The U. S. Constitution and the American Rule of Law,” on Tuesday, October 26, 6 – 8 p.m. at Liberty University-School of Law, Supreme Court Room. Although there is no charge for this event, reservations are requested…
The September Women's Luncheon Series topic, “Becoming an Overcomer: Succeeding Despite Life’s Challenges,” featured guest speakers Linda Edwards, Owner, Interiors by Decorating Den and  Phyllis Baker, Banking Officer, American National Bank & Trust Co. View the PowerPoint Presentation from Linda Edwards, entitled “The Happiness of Pursuit.”  
Lynchburg Regional Chamber asking the state to help break U.S. 29 bypass impasse Rex Hammond, president of the Lynchburg chamber, said, “The communities along U.S. 29 that have already built their bypasses,” including Lynchburg and Culpeper, “would prefer that Charlottesville keep its promise,” made when the community accepted $50 million…
Soon, Virginia could add Shanghai, London and Mumbai to foreign-trade offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Mexico City and Brussels. State economic-development officials are beginning to lay the groundwork for establishing three new foreign outposts to lure international business to Virginia. Read more....... The Lynchburg Regional Chamber is planning a trip…
                  Major Network Providers Have Created Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs  WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Broadband for America (BfA) coalition released a new study that shows the important contributions to the U.S. economy made by private investment in information and communications technology.  The study, which was conducted by Robert…

Chamber launches 2010 China Trip

Friday, 08 January 2010
At last week’s international trade themed Business at Breakfast, the Chamber announced their 2010 trip to China in partnership with Citslinks. The trip, scheduled for October 10-18, is all inclusive for only $1,999! The first orientation meeting is scheduled for January 19 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. More details to come.
The Chamber has agreed to partner with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to promote their new grassroots effort to create 20 million new jobs in the next 10 years. Learn more at www.FreeEnterpriseAmerica.com. Chamber meets with City, DRPT, and Amtrak officials on the new service. Chamber representatives met with leaders…
Chamber representatives met with leaders of the US29 Corridor study for an update on changes made to the preliminary recommendations. Three major changes have been made, including the removal of the two bypass options in Charlottesville. The Chamber will continue to fight for the protection of this important transportation asset.
Walden University has awarded Leadership Lynchburg Alum Jan Garfield with an $18,000 grant to study the “Impact of Community Leadership: Researching Leadership Development Outcomes.”  Leadership Lynchburg will be one of three communities studied.
Chamber President & CEO Rex Hammond will attend Chamber Day at the Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday, January 27 with Virginia's newly elected leadership, local chamber members and executives, and members of the business community. Virginia's top leadership will address Chamber Day at the Capitol participants about pressing legislative issues facing…
Lynchburg metropolitan ranked 60 out of 200 cities based on job, salary, and technology growth. Read more at The Milken Institute