LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Lynchburg leaders are celebrating what they call a successful year of job growth.
The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance held its 2016 Economic Summit Thursday morning at Liberty University. The meeting was an opportunity to highlight recent accomplishments.
Megan Lucas, chief executive officer of the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance, said the Lynchburg area added 619 new jobs in 2016 in a variety of industries. New and existing businesses invested an estimated $48.6 million in capital projects, according to Lucas.
"We think a lot of this is due to Liberty University, the economic engine that helps this region grow and prosper and attracts people from around the world," said Barry DuVal, president of the Virginia Chamber and a keynote speaker at Thursday morning's summit.
This year the Lynchburg region was visited 127 times by people who select sites for large business projects.
Leaders at the business alliance say that's a huge jump from previous years, when there were no visits.