Housing Studies

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in Uncategorized

The Mountain West Partnership made housing a strategic priority for 2019. The region’s economic developers decided that the first step to addressing the issue was to collect data on the current situation. Working with the Southwestern Commission and Joy Strassel from the WNC Housing Partnership, all seven counties now have data identifying what the housing needs and opportunities are in their community. Those reports are available to view below: Cherokee County Housing...

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Outdoor Recreation Economy Broadcast

Posted by on Jun 27, 2019 in Uncategorized

The ncIMPACT Initiative at the UNC School of Government partnered with Western Carolina University, Mountain Biz Works, UNC-TV, and Civic Federal Credit Union to highlight our region’s efforts to leverage natural resources for economic development. The broadcast, which will premiere on June 27, 2019, at 10 PM, will explore the outdoor economy in Southwestern NC by covering the economic impact of outdoor recreation, stewardship of natural resources, and strategies to...

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

Posted by on Feb 7, 2019 in news, Uncategorized

Press Release: Author(s): Ryan Hanchett [email protected] 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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Access to Capital Workshop for Small Businesses

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in news, Uncategorized

Interested in learning more ways to access capital for your small business?  Multiple regional organizations are coming together to offer several free workshops in November that will give participants an in-depth look at the journey of several small businesses in the region.  Community lenders will also be on hand to answer questions about the financing and assistance they provide to growing businesses. November 6 from 4-6 PM at Whiteside Brewing in Cashiers, NC.  Register...

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