About Treney Tweedy
The past several weeks have been exciting and full of energy! I greatly appreciate the support you have given me on the campaign trail. There is still work to be done - I'll be knocking on doors and walking neighborhoods, asking for your vote on May 1st!
I look forward to these last few days on the campaign trail, engaging with citizens and listening to your thoughts and concerns regarding the future of our city and how we can work together to build a stronger Lynchburg for everyone. I am a U.S. Navy Veteran and former Lynchburg City Schoolboard Member, who believes volunteerism and community service helps support a vibrant city. The tremendous volunteer assistance and resources given by community members, businesses, schools, faith communities and organizations throughout our city in response to the tornado that tore through Lynchburg and neighboring Amherst and Campbell Counties was heart-warming. Your volunteerism and concern for neighbors and friends demonstrates that we are a compassionate city. A special thanks to City staff, administrators and our Public Safety and Public Works personnel who worked tirelessly to coordinate damage assessments, safety support and clean-up efforts.
Lynchburg is a growing community. Developers and business owners are choosing to start new ventures in our city due to our business-friendly environment. Entrepreneurs are selecting Lynchburg as their home-base for operations. We have incredible parks, trails and recreation offerings that promote a healthy, fit lifestyle for individuals and families. Lynchburg’s Arts & Culture scene is bringing a new vibe of unique entertainment options which supports our tourism and economic development efforts. As Lynchburg citizens we reflect on a rich history of workforce and industry that continues to evolve with the changing needs of our society and technology innovation. As leaders, we must place continued emphasis on supporting and developing a highly-skilled and educated workforce that meets the needs of local industry.
With growth and successful development also comes the challenge of supporting our infrastructure needs, i.e. public safety systems and city-wide operations. Maintaining and growing city revenues is crucial to supporting the continued level of services Lynchburg residents enjoy. I am a forward-thinker, who believes that city government must work collaboratively with our non-profit and faith-based organizations, higher-education institutions, and businesses to meet many diverse needs in our city. Strong governance and fiscal accountability are needed now more than ever. Currently, our City Manager has asked for a 2% reduction in city department budgets. Budget reductions touch services provided to citizens. As city leaders, we must ask tough questions and be resolved to seek solutions that benefit the City of Lynchburg and our residents in the future.
This year, Mayor Foster and I have worked closely with my fellow council members and city administrators to develop plans and dialogue around a prevailing community issue - the high-poverty rate experienced by almost a quarter of Lynchburg’s residents. Of the 23% of residents living in poverty, 29-30% are children. The growing number of senior citizens in our community who live on fixed-incomes without seeing an increase in their monthly finances is additionally concerning. While government cannot solve the issues alone, I have committed to raising awareness of these issues and to seek greater collaboration amongst community members and local agencies dedicated to decreasing our poverty rates. We must encourage an action-oriented approach to addressing many of the systemic barriers that persons living in poverty face daily. I believe we are a greater and grander Lynchburg, when all of our citizens benefit from economic advancement while growing our tax-base in support of the future development of our city. Thank you again. I look forward to seeing all of you on the campaign trail. Together Lynchburg, we are greater!
Sincerely, Vice-Mayor Treney Tweedy
- Committed to Neighborhood Revitalization
- Promotes Education and Skills-Training leading to higher-wage earning careers
- Believes a thriving Lynchburg is enhanced by increased community collaborations and innovative, future economic planning that contributes to a great quality of life for all citizens.