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Economic Development

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.

Appalachian Designs in Fletcher | Image Credit: Land-of-Sky Regional Council The Trailhead Restaurant and Bar in Black Mountain | Image Credit: Land-of-Sky Regional Council

Sample Strategies

RC5.4: Use Linking Lands and Communities assessments and other available resources to prioritize areas for directing funds for conservation easements and other conservation activities. Read more »
LU3.2: Implement flexible land development policies and codes to promote redevelopment. Read more »
LU3.1: Adopt policies and/or regulations and provide incentives to include bicycle and pedestrian facilities, including sidewalks, bike lanes, parks, greenways, and other recreational facilities, in new and existing neighborhoods and commercial centers. Read more »
RC2.9: Identify candidates in the region to apply for the USDA Forest Service Community Forests Program, where financial assistance is provided to communities to sustainably manage forests for multiple public benefits. Read more »
BE1.3: Facilitate the redevelopment and reinvestment in vacant, underutilized, and brownfield properties. Read more »