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Shop local this holiday season

December 6, 2019

The Office of Economic Development is airing a TV commercial on WFXR all December long to remind Bedford County citizens to shop local this holiday season.

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Local students win big at state competition

November 8, 2019

Congratulations to local FFA students. Five students from Bedford County Public Schools won at the state level for Veterinary Science and/or Tractor Troubleshooting at the Virginia FFA State Competition. Each winner was recognized by the Bedford County Ag Board at its November meeting. Pictured here with Jeff Powers, Chairman of the Bedford County Ag Board, […]

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Bedford/Franklin Area Visitor and Resident Survey

October 29, 2019

Please participate in the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) survey this month related to the potential for Virginia Amtrak service in the Town of Bedford. Take the survey here.

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Coyote Lottery Opens on October 1 – Grand Prize $2,000

October 1, 2019

Today is opening day of the Bedford County Coyote Lottery. From October 1, 2019 – February 29, 2020 you can help manage the over-population of coyotes by participating in the lottery. How to enter: Kill the coyote (follow state hunting guidelines). More than one kill allowed. Each kill qualifies and no limit to the number […]

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Educational Tours Day at Bedford County Fair

September 27, 2019

All fourth graders in Bedford County Public Schools visited the Bedford County Fair today as part of their curriculum to learn about agriculture and environmental sciences. The students learned about soil and water conservation; fish farming; cattle, horses, and sheep; the chicken gestation process; and how to identify animal track marks, among other important agri-science […]

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SML Packaging to expand in Bedford County, add four new jobs

September 25, 2019

The bottle machine manufacturer will lease a 22,000 square foot space on Venture Drive in Forest and plans to invest $650,000 and add four new jobs over the next three years.

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5th Annual Bedford County Fair to be held September 26-29, 2019

September 19, 2019

This year’s fair is bigger and better than ever as Bedford celebrates “Where Farm Meets Fun”

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Valtim Expands Operations in Bedford County – invests $750,000 and adds 8 new jobs

September 18, 2019

Valtim Marketing Solutions, Inc. will expand its operation in Forest and invest $750,000, adding eight new jobs over the next three years.

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Bedford County Celebrates 10th Anniversary of its Bedford ONE Program

September 9, 2019

Bedford County celebrates 10 years of connecting local businesses with a young workforce through its Bedford ONE (Offering New Experiences) program. The Bedford ONE program was implemented in 2009 after an Office of Economic Development Roundtable meeting where local business leaders addressed the growing need for a qualified workforce. Since then, more than 4,000 high […]

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September marks the National Workforce Development Month

September 6, 2019

September is National Workforce Development Month which highlights the important role that Career and Technical Education (CTE) plays in the workforce development Eco system.

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