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With the economy’ beginning to recover, Macon County Economic Development Director Tommy Jenkins has continued his work promoting the county and the benefits of doing business in rural western North Carolina by meeting with several Atlanta area consultant firms.

“I met with six different firms to discuss Macon County and our current and upcoming available manufacturing facilities,” said Jenkins.

Jenkins' meetings included face-to-face time with commercial and industrial real estate firms such as The Stephen W. Wright Company, Galaxy Partners, and Cushman & Wakefield. The firms have different areas of expertise and specialize in different areas that could potentially find Macon County to be the perfect home for expansion opportunities.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the Grand Opening of Reign by Robyn+Brooke. Anna Bedells & Robyn B rebranded into a completely new lifestyle boutique that is called Reign by Robyn+Brooke. The shop is located at 76 E Main Street on top of town hill in downtown Franklin.

Reign specializes in women & children’s apparel, as well as, accessories for a fabulous lifestyle.

Robyn and Brooke have hand selected brands such as BCBG, Sanctuary, Joah Love, JoyFolie, Maileg, Tocca and so much more.


Craft beer in Franklin didn’t just come to town, it moved into the old Town Hall. Lazy Hiker Brewing Co. has transformed the former town hall and fire department into a fully functioning production craft brewery complete with taproom, patio on Main Street, and outdoor event space.

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon- cutting celebration on their official opening day. The brewery is the first of its kind for Franklin and continues the expansion and success of craft beer in Western North Carolina.

Craft beer has reinvented the brewing industry in the past 30 years. By the end of the 1970s, brewing in the U.S. was being done by a small number of corporations producing an even smaller selection of styles.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome NCWorks to their new location at 23 Macon Avenue. Dale West and her staff are located in the rear of the Macon County Courthouse Annex along with Southwestern Community College.

Our Local Workforce office offers services and resources that can help you seek employment, maximizing your job search efforts. In addition to assisting job seekers, the staff of NCWorks works with employers in our area in an effort to match them up with those seeking employment. “We are a one-stop online resource for job seekers and employers in Macon County. Job seekers can search for jobs, create resumes, and find education and training. Employers can find candidates, post jobs and search labor market information. No matter your circumstance, our office is here to help you.” says Dale West, Manager. “We appreciate Macon County for providing this office location so that we can continue to serve the folks here in Macon County.”

The office is open Monday through Friday 8 am until 5 pm. For more information you can visit their website at or give them a call at (828)369-9534.

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