wlni-defaultNews release: In July, the announcement was made that both boards had voted affirming intentions to combine both entities. Since that time, a regional task force comprised of stakeholders and board members of both entities have been working on structure, governance and a transition plan to bring both organizations together.  Today, both boards voted to approve the merger effective January 1, 2016.  At that time, the Lynchburg Regional Chamber and the Region 2000 Business and Economic Alliance will become the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance:  A Regional  Chamber & Economic Development Partnership led by President & CEO, Megan Lucas.

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Chairman of the Alliance and board member of the Chamber Larry Jackson states “Today, we bring these two strong business focused organizations together with a unified mission of …. leading regional economic development through:

Generating jobs and investment
Promoting our brand and image globally
Cultivating Talent
Enhancing business climate
Chairman of the Chamber, Jim Richards states “I’m very proud of the hard work and dedication of the staff and board members of both entities to get us where we are today.   Over the coming months, members and investors of both organizations will be invited to provide feedback on vision and programming as we look toward the future.”

On December 16 th, a regional economic breakfast will be held from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Liberty University, Williams Stadium Club Level (3rd floor).  At this breakfast, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce will present the State of the Commonwealth Report as well as regional economic data followed by the announcement of our transition plan of merging both entities and the initial details of the merger.