Bedford County Economic Development

Office of Economic Development


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R&D in Bedford County

Bedford County is home to Liberty University’s Center for Engineering Research & Education (CERE) located in the New London Business & Tech Center. CERE targets growth industries and high tech industries in the region and works to promote research and development through its state-of-the-art industry labs.

Uniting industry and academics, CERE provides a working platform for applied energy research and higher education. These industry-sponsored labs help meet industry needs, foster academic research pursuits, and provide work opportunities for students.

Students from across the Commonwealth of Virginia and Liberty University will benefit from opportunities to observe and assist with research in the fields of science and engineering.

The industry labs include:

  • Chemical/Material Lab
  • EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) Lab
  • 3D Prototype Lab
  • Calibration Lab
  • Non-destructive Testing Lab