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Beautifully situated amongst the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and divided by the historic James River, lies the Lynchburg MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area). Consisting of the city of Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell, the area is the fifth largest region in the state with a population of nearly a quarter million and an active workforce of over 120,000.
From the late 1750’s when the city’s namesake, John Lynch,built a ferry system to cross the James River to help move trade in and out of the city ,through today, where modern rail and highway systems do the same, Lynchburg and the surrounding counties have been a place of business. Today, the region has become a center of commerce and manufacturing hosting a broad base of companies that vary from plastics, printing and pharmaceuticals to wireless technologies, furniture makers and nuclear firms. With a very pro-business culture, a workforce that is educated and communities that encourage growth, the region is one that beckons entrepreneurs and large companies alike. To help fuel the educated workforce, the area is home to Liberty University, the largest university in the state of Virginia with over 77,000 students as well as four liberal arts colleges a community college and a business college. The graduates of these institutions, paired with the high school graduating classes from the region, provide a
new workforce of nearly 40,000 each school year.
The region is historically significant in Virginia and to the country as a whole. Within the area lies the Appomattox Courthouse where the Civil War came to an end. Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s retreat home and the National D-Day memorial welcome travelers to Bedford County and there are many other historically significant homes and points of interest that continually bring visitors to the area from far and wide. Throughout the region there is a strong sense of community that is seen in its cultural, dining and shopping opportunities. One of the leading advocates is the James River Council for the Arts and Humanities, a group devoted to promoting and encouraging the creative arts throughout the area. From local art galleries and small boutique antique stores, to the downtown Farmer’s Market in Lynchburg and the 85 store River Ridge Mall, the area has a lot to offer.
As would be expected in an area of such natural beauty, there are many outdoor activities that the citizens as well as travelers seek to enjoy. From scenic drives and hiking trails throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, to fishing, hunting and golf, the region is an outdoor enthusiast’s dreamland. In addition, Smith Mountain Lake in the southern portion of the area is the largest lake in the state with over 500 miles of shoreline to enjoy.
The Lynchburg Region is one of beauty, a historied past and a promising and competing future. If you are looking to develop, grow, buy, sell or lease commercial property here, Dominion Commercial would welcome the opportunity to serve you.