Thursday, 04 June 2015
Macon County is taking the lead on a $50,000 award that will enable communities in Western North Carolina to revitalize the local economy. The America’s Best Communities (ABC) competition is a $10 million initiative to stimulate economic revitalization in small towns and cities across the country. Macon, as well as Graham, Swain, and Clay counties who all applied together, was selected as one of 50 communities across the country.
“There was a competitive application process for the initiative,” said Ryan Sherby with Region A. “We focused the narrative on knowledge based technology economic development for the region. There are four counties in the region (Macon, Graham, Swain, Clay) as one of the parameters was population based, under 100,000.”
The 50 quarterfinalists will receive $50,000 to develop comprehensive strategies to revive the local economies and improve quality of life for residents. Over the next six months, the four counties will work together to shape and refine their revitalization plans for the chance to win up to an additional $3 million to bring their ideas to life.