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Industrial Lands Analysis

In order to ensure that a quality supply of development-ready sites throughout the region are identified, the GroWNC process includes an Industrial Lands Analysis. This process began with a land use modeling exercise that helped to identify available, suitable parcels throughout the region. Characteristics of individual parcels were collected to indicate their suitability for industrial development, including proximity to other industrial uses, availability of utilities, and access to transportation.

The GroWNC team then partnered with AdvantageWest Economic Development Group to carry forward more detailed study in each county. Working closely with local economic developers and expert engineers, AdvantageWest will produce a detailed study of selected potential sites in each county. This information can be used by economic developers as they work with business and industry to identify potential sites for development. Results of the study are expected by the end of 2013.

Construction of the Sierra Nevada Brewhouse in Mills River | Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Aerial view of the Sierra Nevada brewhouse floor under construction in Mills River | Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Reinforced walls at the Sierra Nevada brewhouse under construction in Mills River | Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Four 1,600-barrel tanks at the Sierra Nevada brewhouse under construction in Mills River | Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Detailed construction and piping plans at the Sierra Nevada brewhouse under construction in Mills River | Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BE1: Develop a supply of highly-marketable, development-ready sites to attract companies that bring quality, living wage jobs to the region. Read more »