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Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Bedford County brings the best of both worlds to relocating businesses. Bedford County has the lowest tax rates in the Greater Lynchburg Region, and is in the Southside portion of the Tobacco Revitalization region, making qualified businesses eligible for several different grant programs. The Bedford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) manages three high quality business parks including the New London Business & Technology Center, Bedford Center for Business, and Montvale Center for Commerce, and also markets a private business park called Little Otter Industrial park. The EDA is supportive and resourceful at addressing the growth of quality jobs and investment in the County.
With three universities and vocational training within 50 miles, Bedford County is focused on training its future workforce. Bedford has an excellent public school system with the largest high school dual-enrollment and early college program in the Lynchburg region. In addition, Bedford County is positioned between the Roanoke and Lynchburg metro areas, opening up access to a 300,000 person-strong workforce and creating a surplus of outdoor and urban experiences for business employees to stay active and engaged in the community. Some of those outdoor experiences include water sports at Smith Mountain Lake, hiking part of the Appalachian Trail or Peaks of Otter, and visiting more than 80 tourist destinations along the Bedford Artisan Trail. There’s also world-renowned historical sites to enjoy in Bedford County such as Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and the National D-Day Memorial.
During 2015, Bedford County saw several companies expand, including G-P Big Island, which added a $40 million new pulp mill, Simplimatic Automation which moved into its new 60,000 square foot manufacturing headquarters in New London, and Innovairre (formerly Mail America), which added a new operations wing to its existing site. The County also saw Blue Ridge Optics consolidate its operations into a larger facility and Cintas invested $5 million and added 15 new employees to its existing facility in Bedford.
Newer companies such as Central Virginia Manufacturing, NanoTouch Materials, and LiteSheet Solutions also continue to grow and invest in Bedford County.
“Bedford County and this region have a long history and reputation in knowing how to make things,” says Traci Blido, Director of Economic Development. “We have talented machine shops throughout the region and dozens of advanced manufacturing firms that make everything from precision optics and thin film coatings for the military and medical industries to complete automated machines that assist major production industries.”