While I naïvely thought we would have it all figured out by now, two years into the pandemic and we are still trying to find that “new normal” we’ve heard so much about—especially when it comes to the workplace.

For many of us, the pandemic changed the way we think about our personal and professional lives. As the boundaries between our work and home spaces blurred, and our priorities and goals shifted, we took stock of our health and happiness as much as our 9 to 5.

Perhaps, not surprisingly, those areas where the personal and the professional intersect are where we notice the most issues worth examining—and, in some cases, debating heatedly. 

In this issue of Lynchburg Business, we take a look at some of the ongoing legal questions that have arisen—and aren’t likely to go away any time soon—as a result of the pandemic and its effects on the workplace. From recent vaccine mandates to remote work, some of the region’s legal experts and HR professionals weigh in on some of the most pressing issues as part of our annual Top Lawyers peer-to-peer survey results.

Adjusting to pandemic-related challenges continues to be a common denominator for economic development leaders in our region’s five localities. In our annual Market Report, hear how they are keeping their individual economies moving forward. Highlights include a new brand campaign in Lynchburg, workforce development strategies in Campbell County and a planned tourism zone in Bedford County.

Despite all of the ups and downs and uncertainties since March 2020, there are so many local businesses that are thriving. Be sure to check out our Milestone Anniversaries section, where we are spotlighting more than 30 companies as they celebrate notable anniversaries this year.

Here’s to a new year, new goals and, hopefully, finding that ever-elusive “new normal.”