Macon County EDC

Come discover what Macon County offers. Enjoy an unsurpassed quality of life while building your business in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

Amenities such as high speed fiber connectivity, an excellent four-lane highway system, modern airport facilities and natural gas availability make Macon County the perfect location, enabling entrepreneurs, business and industry to truly compete in today’s global economy.

Discover our diversified economy – software development, advanced manufacturing, travel and tourism, retail, banking, health-care, the arts and more. Opportunity abounds in Macon County.

Make It Macon

Macon County is truly in the “center of it all”, just a short distance from major markets such as Atlanta GA, Greenville SC, Knoxville TN, Chattanooga TN, Charlotte and Asheville, NC.

With four-lane connectivity to I-40, I-26 and I-85, we are easily accessible to all points in the Southeast, Midwest and along the Eastern Seaboard.

Explore our site and discover why Macon County is the perfect fit for you.

Latest Business News

State Pushes Arts Council to Improve

Franklin Tubular Gears Up To Grow

Steering STEM from Classroom to Workplace

Another Runway Extension in the Wings for Macon Airport

Expansion by TekTone® Sound & Signal Mfg., Inc. Will Create 35 Jobs in Macon County

Drake Enterprises Purchases Caterpillar Building

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Broadband Assessment Survey - Your Input Needed

The Southwestern Commission, in conjunction with MountainWest Partnership, is asking local citizens and businesses to participate in a broadband assessment for the region. To participate, please start by entering your home or business and clicking the "Search for My Address" button.

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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 counties the chance to participate. We hope residents in all seven counties will participate in this effort so the entire region will have uniform data. Data from the county-specific demand surveys (such as Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain) will still be considered in our overall broadband planning.

Initial data collected will provide valuable information to the Southwestern Commission and MountainWest Partnership, as well as state and local partners working towards broadband and Economic Development planning for the region. Anonymized data may be shared with broadband providers or planning partners with the goal of improving Internet services throughout the region.

The Southwestern Commission is one of the 16 regional councils of government for North Carolina and represents Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties. MountainWest Partnership is the Economic Development Partnership for the seven counties in the southwestern region and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

For questions on the survey, please contact Sarah Thompson at

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Tommy Jenkins, Economic Development Director
(828) 369-2306 or
Located in the "Center Of It All" in the southwestern North Carolina mountains, Macon County is surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest with a multitude of recreational opportunites as well as a relaxing pace of life. »See For Yourself

Why Choose Us?

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Location Is Everything

Macon County is truly in the “center of it all”, just a short distance from major markets such as Atlanta GA, Greenville SC, Knoxville TN, Chattanooga TN, Columbia SC and Asheville, NC. With four-lane connectivity to I-40, I-26 and I-85, we are easily accessible to all points in the Southeast, Midwest and Eastern Seaboard. Inland Port rail access is only 2 hours away.

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Workforce / Workforce Training

Macon County has an area workforce draw of over 125,000. Customized Workforce Training (including advanced manufacturing) is provided by Southwestern Community College and NCWorks Career Centers provide employers a single place to address employment and training needs. In addition, Macon County Public Schools offer a variety of STEM initiatives to prepare the workforce of the future.

Get the Speed You Need

Macon County is served by Balsam West FiberNet, provider of the highest grade fiber-optic broadband service available. BalsamWest has constructed over 400 miles of underground fiber throughout Western North Carolina, in a ringed topology, designed to be available 99.999 percent of the time on the backbone fiber, providing world-class connectivity for business and industry.

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Time Is Money

Time is money and many businesses depend on private aviation to improve their bottom line. The Macon County Airport provides your business with a 5001 foot runway, state of the art terminal building with conference and meeting rooms, helipad, pilots lounge, aviation fuels and rental car availability. Future plans include an additional 1000’ runway extension.

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We Love Great Ideas!

Macon County recognizes and values the importance of entrepreneurship in today’s economy. Together with our strategic partners, we provide access to business plan development, training, networking opportunities and alternative financing options for new businesses. In addition, the Macon County Business Development Center features over 14,000 square feet of business and light manufacturing space dedicated to growing and nurturing business startups. Western Carolina University’s Rapid Center partners with businesses, industry and entrepreneurs to develop new products and processes.

Celebrating Economic Diversity