Governor Cooper Announces Nearly $10 Million to Expand Internet Access

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in news

From the office of the NC Governor: “Better internet access is coming to 19 rural, economically disadvantaged counties in North Carolina thanks to nearly $10 million in grants, Governor Roy Cooper announced today along with the NC Department of Information Technology and its Broadband Infrastructure Office. “Access to reliable, high-speed internet service is critical for businesses to grow, students to learn, and communities to thrive,” Gov. Cooper said. “These grants...

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Governor Cooper Visits NOC, Talks Outdoor Recreation

Posted by on Apr 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

On Friday, April 12, 2019, Governor Cooper visited the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Swain County.  Outdoor Recreation brings over $28 Billion into North Carolina annually, and Governor Cooper noted that a large portion of that comes from Western North Carolina. To read more about the Governor’s visit, see this article by Blue Ridge Public...

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Upcoming Professional Craft Artist Summit

Posted by on Mar 4, 2019 in news, Uncategorized

The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College has scheduled a Professional Craft Artist Summit for April 24, 2019. “Experience a one day summit specifically designed to address needs and challenges faced by current and prospective craft artist business owners. Arts-based businesses are unique ventures and require special business planning methods. This not to miss half-day event will provide you with the tools needed to move your business forward. Take...

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Sophia Paulous Featured on NC State’s Institute for Emerging Issues Podcast

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in news

Sophia Paulos, Economic Development Director for Graham County and Partner in the Mountain West Partnership, had the opportunity to discuss economic development efforts in Western North Carolina, including a new regional effort known as the Growing Outdoors Partnership.  Paulos joined Noah Wilson, Project Manager for the Growing Outdoors Partnership, to discuss how this group is marketing the region by highlighting the great outdoor assets that exist here....

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Study: Macon County Airport’s economic impact totals $18M

Posted by on Feb 7, 2019 in news, Uncategorized

Press Release: Author(s): Ryan Hanchett news@thefranklinpress.com Date: January 18, 2019 Section: News It can be hard to measure the success of a business. When that business has both a governmental and private ownership element, the waters can become even murkier. With that in mind, the North Carolina Department of Transportation set out to quantify what airports mean to the communities they serve. The results were released earlier this month as part of the North Carolina...

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