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Leadership Amherst Graduates its Inaugural Class

May 23, 2018
Leadership Amherst graduated its inaugural class last night.  The eight-month course gave participants skills that are needed to examine their organization and how to be an effective leader in an ever-changing world. They were provided an understanding of the opportunities and issues facing Amherst County and challenged them to use their leadership abilities to influence, motivate and enable others to contribute toward the good of their organizations and the community.   Claudia Tucker, Chair of…

Leadership Amherst Applications are now being accepted

May 2, 2018
Leadership Amherst seeks to develop community and business leaders to help guide Amherst County into a prosperous future for its citizens and businesses.  In Leadership Amherst, experienced speakers and facilitators guide participants through the trusted leadership principles that drive employee engagement and are the foundation for today’s high-performance teams and communities.   Leadership Amherst will provide training and skills you need to lead effectively in today’s changing environment. The curriculum will cover the skills needed to persuade and…

Cooper Steel Purchases Lynchburg Steel

December 12, 2017
COOPER STEEL GROWING National steel company, Cooper Steel celebrates expansion with ceremony at newest location in Amherst, Virginia December 12th at 1:30 pm Cooper Steel Fabricators Inc., the nationally-recognized, Nashville steel fabrication and contracting firm, announces the official opening of it’s newest subsidiary “Cooper Steel of Virginia” (formerly Lynchburg Steel). The location marks Cooper’s fourth company expansion from their original base of operation in Shelbyville, TN, and while small structural and aesthetic improvement plans are…

Economic Development Strategic Plan Update

November 21, 2017
It’s been a year since the unveiling of the Amherst County Economic Development Strategic Plan. Come hear what’s been accomplished and what’s on next year’s agenda this Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7 pm at the Amherst County High School. As part of the Strategic Plan, Amherst County is becoming the first Certified Entrepreneur Community (CEC) in Virginia. Amherst County officially launched the pursuit of the Certified Entrepreneurial Community® Program in 2016 with a community retreat…

Phelps Road School – Questions & Answers

October 27, 2017
Amherst County, VA - The historic former school on Phelps Road in Madison Heights may have new life as market-rate apartments in the next few years. Amherst County approved a redevelopment Performance Agreement with an experienced historic rehabilitation developer, Waukeshaw Development, https://waukeshaw.com/  to bring new vitality to the building and community. The former Phelps Road school is a historic property of significance to the Amherst community and Waukeshaw wants to invest at least $5,000,000 to…

Hydro-Powered Brewery – Historic Amherst Mill

June 27, 2017
The historic Amherst Mill is on track to become the first hydro-powered brewery in the U.S. by summer 2018. The Amherst Milling Company has been an iconic business in the Town of Amherst for over 100 years and is being purchased by Waukeshaw Development, https://waukeshaw.com/  Waukeshaw intends to preserve the Mill and the bucolic setting and uses the one-of-a-kind property as an outpost for its existing Trapezium Brewing Company, based in Petersburg, Virginia. The Brewers…

NEW Branding & Marketing Plan for Amherst County

June 26, 2017
The unveiling of the Amherst County branding and marketing plan took place June 20th with the Board of Supervisors unanimously adopting the new Brand. Branding is the process of capturing the essence of a product —in this case, Amherst County and its communities unique story and character — and promoting it in a compelling way. The Brand will be used to market and promote Amherst County and its communities to new businesses, tourists, new residents,…

Unveiling of Branding and Marketing Plan for Amherst County

June 16, 2017
The unveiling of the Amherst County branding and marketing plan will take place June 20th at the Board of Supervisors meeting. Branding is the process of capturing the essence of a product —in this case, Amherst County and its communities unique story and character — and promoting it in a compelling way. The Brand will be used to market and promote Amherst County and its communities to new businesses, tourists, new residents, etc.   Over…

Integrated Technology Group Moves to Amherst County

June 15, 2017
A technology company is moving to Amherst County in July and bringing 22 full-time, high-wage jobs.  Integrated Technology Group (ITG), a provider of commercial technology solutions to the Central and Southwestern Virginia regions, is moving into a building owned by the Economic Development Authority of Amherst County (EDA) in the Amelon Commerce Center. ITG is a growing company that is looking to expand to new markets and doubles their employee base over the next 5…

The EDA is looking for a youth representative to serve on our board.

May 12, 2017
    Are you an entrepreneur? Have an interest in business? The Economic Development Authority would like to invite an Amherst youth to participate on their board as a non-voting representative. The EDA’s mission is to promote economic development policies and practices that help retain and grow the county’s existing businesses and jobs as well as attracting new business, investment, and quality jobs. The ideal candidate would be between the ages of 16 or a…
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