Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city of Lynchburg, Virginia, is distinctive not only for its natural beauty, but also for its world-class schools, highly skilled workforce and dynamic economy.

Gradually, Lynchburg became a highly desirable place to live because of its low cost of living, cultural amenities, access to the outdoors and tourism. Forbes regularly includes Lynchburg on its list of “Best Small Places For Business And Careers,” citing the City’s thriving business environment and targeted incentives designed to cultivate growth and encourage job creation and capital investment.

“Our economy is over hundreds of years old and has been relatively diverse. Our key strengths are in higher education, advanced manufacturing and the nuclear sector, with two major nuclear tech firms ― BWX Technologies Inc. and Framatome ―  headquartered in Lynchburg,” said Assistant Director of Economic Development and Tourism Anna Bentson.

Lynchburg also has a year-round outdoor ski slope and other world-class facilities, allowing the city to host a variety of sports tournaments and events, including the Virginia Commonwealth Games and the State Games of America next year.

“We have a competitive spirit and strong cultural identity. We are flexible and innovative, and seize opportunities to reach out and connect with the international community to attract more investment, visitors and residents from around the globe,” Opportunity Lynchburg Director Marjette Upshur said.