I have been a resident of Macon County for 25 years, and a teacher in Cherokee for 20 years. I choose to live in Macon County because it is a nice place to live, but I do have some questions and comments concerning Franklin, and Macon County’s place in Western North Carolina.
During the years that I have been a citizen of the area, I have seen many good changes in Cherokee - but not so many in Franklin. Twenty years after NAFTA, the people here are still struggling for jobs, but no large businesses nor industries have been allowed to locate here. And the question is “why”? It couldn’t be lack of land for them to build on, because a drive from the foot of Cowee Mountain down 441 south to the Georgia line will show many “for sale” signs on acres and acres of land with roadside frontage. Some of this land has been for sale for a very long time - therefore a place for a business for industry to build should not be a problem. But now that I have learned that our local government is not encouraging business or industries to locate here, I would like to mention an alternative plan that would provide jobs for many people, and at the same time, draw-in a multitude of tourists.