Government

graphicGovernment policies are directed toward the economic and social development of the Bedford area. Government attitude toward business and industry is one of cooperation and support.

The City and County maintain independent governments. The city operates under a City manager form of government with City Council as the governing body. A Board of Supervisors governs the County and employs a county administrator as Chief Administrative Officer. Both governments operate under fiscally sound management, and both have comprehensive plans to monitor and guide development. The City and County participate in revenue sharing for economic development.

COMMUNICATIONS

Newspapers
Bedford Bulletin, weekly
Lynchburg News & Advance, daily
Roanoke Times, daily
Smith Mountain Eagle, weekly

Radio
WBLT-1350 AM, Bedford
WLNI-105.9 FM, Lynchburg
WZZI-101 FM, Roanoke

Television
Lynchburg and Roanoke television stations provide programming to the area and cover all major networks including a public television affiliate. Cable service, as well as cable modems and Internet access are available in the City and in many areas of the County. Satellite service is also available. Major networks have satellite offices in Bedford.

UTILITIES

Electricity
City of Bedford
American Electric Power Company
Southside Electric Cooperative

Natural Gas
Columbia Gas Services

Water
City of Bedford
Current capacity: 3.0 mgd
Average daily use: 1.1 mgd
Storage: 3.5 mg

Bedford County Service Authority
Current capacity: 4.0 mgd
Average daily use: 1.1 mgd
Storage: 1.5 mg

Waste Water
City of Bedford Treatment
Current Capacity: 2.0 mgd
Average daily use: .9 mgd

Bedford County (Forest area)
Current capacity: 468.000 gpd
Average daily use: 9 mgd

Solid Waste Disposal
City of Bedford Sanitary Landfill
Bedford County Sanitary Landfill

Telecommunications
Local Service - Verizon Telephone
LAN Internet Service
Charter Communication

for FURTHER INFORMATION

Lee Ann Carr, Executive Director
Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce
305 East Main Street
Bedford, Virginia 24523
Phone: (540) 586-9401 or 1-800-933-9535
Fax: (540) 587-6650
e-mail: leecarr@cablenet-va.com
website: www.bedfordareachamber.com

Elizabeth Berry-Mosley, Economic Development Manager
City of Bedford
P.O. Drawer 807
Bedford, Virginia 24523
Phone: (540) 587-6020
Fax: (540) 586-7134
e-mail: elizabeth@ci.bedford.va.us
website: www.ci.bedford.va.us

Sue Montgomery, Bedford County Director of Economic Development
Bedford County Administration Building
122 East Main Street, Ste 206
Bedford, VA 24523
Phone: (540) 587-5670
Fax: (540) 587-0243
e-mail: s.montgomery@co.bedford.va.us
website: www.co.bedford.va.us

Nanci Drake, Tourism Director
Bedford Area Welcome Center
816 Burks Hill Road
Bedford, VA 24523
Phone: (540) 587-5681
Fax: (540) 587-5983
e-mail: nanci@visitbedford.com
website: www.visitbedford.com

 

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