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September 25, 2014 ~ Lynchburg

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Across the country – and in Lynchburg – downtowns are rebounding and rapidly changing. More than $100 million has been invested in Downtown Lynchburg by the private sector in just over ten years with more than 550 new residential units. By the end of 2014, Lynchburg will have witnessed a 48% increase in the number of downtown residents in just four years.

Concurrently, public investment in the Bluffwalk is transforming the way people move through downtown and is opening up a new corridor for restaurant, retail and residential development.

Join a panel of economic and downtown developers to learn more about Lynchburg's investment in downtown, the recent housing boom, and the partnerships, incentives and initiatives bringing both developers and new residents to the area.

Program Panel:

Anna Bentson
Anna is the Assistant Director of Economic Development for the City of Lynchburg where her responsibilities will include providing staff assistance to the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority, managing communications for the Office of Economic Development, promoting new business development, and managing initiatives that secure and retain commercial and industrial development in the City of Lynchburg. Anna previously served as Executive Director of Lynch’s Landing, Lynchburg’s Main Street Program, and Director of PR & Marketing at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. Anna is a graduate of the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina. She has been active volunteer in a number of organizations, recently serving as president of the James River Council for the Arts and Humanities and on the Lynchburg Regional Tourism Advisory Board.

Dave Poole
Dave is a trained mechanical engineer and ran an HVAC contracting business for a number of years before opening several restaurants. The Depot Grille in Lynchburg is his fifth (fourth in a historic building). He is a a part-time commercial pilot and has served on boards with local chambers of commerce and Lynch's Landing, Lynchburg's Main Street program. His current projects in Lynchburg include RedStar Lofts and Grassroots Local Market, a mixed-use development on Main Street with 11 loft apartments and a natural, locavore market and deli.

George Stanley
George is the owner of Cityscape LLC, a design-build development and construction company specializing in renovating downtown buildings to multi-family and mixed use using historic tax credits. George performed his first multi-family historic tax credit renovation in 1998 in Richmond during the infancy of the program. His company has since developed and constructed over 800 apartments, condominiums and commercial spaces in Richmond, Roanoke and Lynchburg. The business model focuses on concise and functional market rate dwelling spaces in urban settings.


Program Agenda



11:30 am - 12:00 pm Meet and Greet, Networking Time


12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Lunch


12:20 pm - 12:30 pm Opening Remarks


Chris Sterling, President VDDA


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Presentation




Anna Bentson, Assistant Director, Office of Economic Development




Dave Poole


George Stanley



2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Optional Walking Tour









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