From entrepreneurs to agribusiness operations and high-tech manufacturers, the region’s strength lies in the ability to support knowledge-based businesses of any size and sector. Craft brewers, clean energy companies, nutraceutical operations, and recreational goods manufacturers all find a place to grow and thrive in the five counties. An innovative, entrepreneurial, and creative workforce drives our diverse economy. A rich culture, unparalleled natural amenities, traditional and holistic health care options, and an accessible community college and university system foster productivity in our five counties and contribute to a highly desirable place to live, work, and grow.
Existing plans, data, and studies were collected, analyzed, and synthesized into an Existing Conditions Report for each topic. Here is a link to the Economic Development Chapter if you’d like to read more. Workgroups were formed around each topic area to review existing conditions, identify issues and goals, and recommend strategies. To learn more about the background of this topic, read the Existing Conditions Report and review the workgroup’s meeting notes and related information on the workgroup’s webpage. The goals identified by all the workgroups are listed in the GroWNC Regional Plan on pages 29-37.
|LU1.2: Adopt flexible regulations that allow higher-density development and a greater number of uses where infrastructure is in place to support it, consistent with the regional Preferred Scenario.||Read more »|
|EA4.2: Provide workshops and training opportunities to economic and community developers, neighborhood associations, and local government staff, regarding the Asset-Based Approach to community development.||Read more »|
|BE6.1 : Identify ways to increase coordination and collaboration across the five counties in their efforts to attract and retain businesses, including expanding the network of resources available for new and relocating businesses.||Read more »|
|HC2.3: Identify funding sources of pre-designed architectural plans for housing to facilitate development of denser, more affordable housing, including co-housing communities, "dorms," cottage-style homes, and townhomes.||Read more »|
|EA1.1: Form a committee of committed stakeholders to oversee implementation of GroWNC recommendations and strategies.||Read more »|