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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

RC2.4: Identify eligible farms and assist with Century Farm designation through the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Read more »
EI1.1: Establish an economic development and recruiting policy focused on expanding local energy resources, companies, and entrepreneurs, resulting in diverse sources of energy production. Read more »
LU1.4: Conduct small area studies to determine land use policies that will encourage growth in rural centers and, where appropriate, allow for non-residential and medium-density residential growth. 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 »
BE6.4: Develop a value/supply chain study (from raw material to end product) that will create local production, distribution, and retail opportunities for existing and emerging industries. Read more »