**Note** The next meeting of the Macon County EDC The Macon County EDC meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 22 at 5:30 PM and will be meeting in Highlands at the Highlands Civic Center. Richard Delany, General Manager of Old Edwards Inn, will be speaking.
After a year-long hiatus, the Center for Economic Research & Policy Analysis at Appalachian State University has resumed it's Western North Carolina Economic Index with a new report. You can download it from CERPA or from my blog. I have embedded it below for your convenience.
CERPA WNC Economic Index: March 2012 Report
An explaination from the CERPA website of their goals:
CERPA's Economic Development Program facilitates research and policy analysis that promotes higher standards of living and improved economic and social conditions. The program addresses a wide range of economic and social issues, such as the urban-rural divide, higher education and tax incentives, but a particular area of interest is the intersection of environmental, energy and economic policy.
The program maintains an area of work that focuses on Western North Carolina economic and social issues. WNC initiatives attempt to improve conditions in the region by providing relevant, timely and accurate information to people in the private and public sectors.
If you're a numbers geek and want to look at the source information, try the WNC Data Center that is maintained by CERPA.
I'd like to thank Tommy Jenkins, the Macon Economic Development Director, for pointing out this report and website to me. It is a wealth of economic information!