Anna Bentson is the Assistant Director of Economic Development for the City of Lynchburg. In her role, Anna leads marketing, entrepreneurship and business development for the Office of Economic Development and Tourism and the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority. She is a graduate of the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina and has earned a Certificate in Creatives Cities and Economic Development at NYU and a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership at Lynchburg College. Anna has a strong background in nonprofit management and cause marketing with a passion for urban revitalization and creative placemaking. Anna currently serves on the board for the Downtown Lynchburg Association and the International Economic Development Council Awards Advisory Committee.