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Doing business in Haywood County

A new business or a new family moving to town isn’t solely due to the luck of the draw. Likewise, a shuttered mill or dilapidated neighborhood isn’t solely due to being dealt a bad hand.
Since late April, The Smoky Mountain News series on economic development has focused on the financial health of Haywood County, the mechanisms by which state, local and national governments encourage economic development and the various sectors that make up the county’s economy.
A robust and vigorous health care sector is the cornerstone of any community; convenient access to health care facilities is a make-or-break issue for many, including the elderly, the disabled or even young families expecting children.
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 13:45

What’s in the cards? Growing the greens

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The cultivation of agriculture is the first and most important way Homo sapiens differentiate themselves from other creatures.
Inside a nondescript miniature warehouse off Carolina Boulevard, Drew Singleton hovers about an imposing, intimidating metalworking machine; adjusting a knob here, spinning a wheel there, tweaking an armature and then stopping to assess the situation, he pauses and looks up to re-check his settings.
The climate and topography of Haywood County make it a place that people want to live.
On a rainy June Monday in Maggie Valley, wispy mists lick lush mountaintops that tower behind nearly every business in town, including the Cabbage Rose gift shop on Soco Road. 
A lagging recovery from the Great Recession and the continuing loss of a major tourist attraction in Maggie Valley haven’t slowed growth of the tourism industry in Haywood County. 
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 14:04

Management by measurement

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There’s an old adage in business that says, simply, “If it isn’t measured, it isn’t managed.”
Since before the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was chartered in 1934, Western North Carolina has been a sought-after destination for tourists from across the country and across the world. 
A recent designation by the North Carolina Department of Commerce could have a detrimental impact on Haywood County’s economic development efforts.
In the first installment of this series on Haywood County’s economic development, the analogy of a bathtub was used to illustrate the county’s economy: water flows in, water drains out and the freeboard is always changing, but amidst all the splashing, insular yet interconnected bubbles of industry rise and fall and swell and pop.
Among the various organizations involved in economic development, one often finds a Chamber of Commerce and some development organization.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 14:07

Distillery hopes to pack economic punch

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If all goes well, Maggie Valley will soon be known as a place where some of the finest spirits in the world are crafted.
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 14:13

Down in the flood

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CeCe Hipps is one of the very few people in North Carolina who can say that she was at the epicenter of the two most significant postwar economic expansions in the state.