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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Macon EDC Board February 2012 Meeting

The Macon County Economic Development Commission board met on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 and the above video is from that meeting.

The Macon County EDC has a website [link]that is being developed as a tool to assist business owners see the advantages of locating their businesses in Macon County, as well as a resource for the business community that already are in the county. The EDC Director spent several minutes going through the various features of the website at the above meeting.

Tommy Jenkins and the board also discussed the upcoming BizWeek 2012 that is scheduled for April 9-12 in Macon County.

On April 10th, there will be am Entrepreneur Networking Night beginning at 7pm at The Rathskeller in downtown Franklin where Pam Lewis, the Director of Entrepreneurship of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, will be speaking. Register for this event online.

On April 11th, there will be a seminar during the day for entrepreneurs. More information about that will be released later.

And on April 12th, the Macon EDC Banquet will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Holly Springs Baptist Church at 6pm and Keith Crisco, the North Carolina Department of Commerce Secretary, will be delivering the keynote. Register for this event online.

Unemployment Data for Macon County was released at this meeting and is as follows:

Month/Year % Unemployment % Unemployed Yearly Avg
December 2011 11.3% 10.9%
December 2010 10.5% 11.0%
December 2009 12.0% 11.2
December 2008 8.9% 6.0%
December 2007 4.3% 4.1%

Here is data showing that Macon County is the regional sales leader west of the Balsams:

County December 2011
Macon $29,339,062
Jackson $24,943,677
Cherokee $16,905,968
Swain $6,559,801
Clay $5,243,541
Graham $3,318,371

The next meeting of the Macon County EDC board will be on March 20, 2012 in the Cecil Groves Building on the campus of Southwestern Community College.

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