Broadband Survey is Open!

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in news, Uncategorized

The Southwestern Commission, in conjunction with MountainWest Partnership, is asking local citizens and businesses to participate in a broadband assessment for the region (CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE SURVEY). This survey will verify availability of services in our counties, identify actual speeds available, and collect information on demand for services from respondents. While some counties have conducted individual broadband surveys already, this regional effort gives all...

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NC #5 in US for Business

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in news, Uncategorized

North Carolina was recently ranked as the #5 state in the United States for business, according to a study conducted by CNBC. This year’s study ranked states based on ten weighted scoring categories and 66 metrics, including the following categories: Workforce, Infrastructure, Cost of Doing Business, Economy, Quality of Life, Technology and Innovation, Education, Business Friendliness, Access to Capital, and Cost of Living.  North Carolina ranked in the top ten in...

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Mountain Governments Work Together on Broadband Infrastructure

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

Mountain governments are working together to improve broadband infrastructure in Region A: The region is working together to incentivize providers to come in.  “…Macon, Graham, Swain, Clay, Cherokee, Haywood and Jackson Counties—are in the early stages of planning for better broadband deployment. It’s all part of a two phase approach to attracting more internet service providers, or, just better internet service in general…” To read the full article,...

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Franklin, NC, Identified as Outdoor Recreation Destination

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in news, Uncategorized

Western North Carolina is home to a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, and visitors come from the world over to experience what this region has to offer.  Because of its reputation as a tourism and recreation destination, entrepreneurs and business owners have tremendous opportunities to create new businesses to serve those who come to our region to enjoy the mountain outdoor life. Recently, Franklin, NC, and two of the businesses found there– Outdoor...

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WCU Selects Executive Director for Community & Economic Engagement & Innovation

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

Western Carolina University has selected Arthur Salido as the new Executive Director for Community and Economic Engagement and Innovation, a position that oversees WCU’s community, economic, and innovation outreach efforts.  Salido, who is currently serving as Associate Professor of Chemistry and Director of WCU’s bid for reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, has been a resident of Western NC for over a...

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