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The Macon County Economic Development Commission encourages you to discover the many benefits of opening or relocating a business or industry to Franklin or Highlands, North Carolina. The quality of life in the Western North Carolina Mountains is unsurpassed and you'll find a dedicated workforce ready to help make your business or industry a success.

Located in Southwestern North Carolina, Macon County is located just over two hours from several major business centers including Atlanta, Georgia, Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Knoxville, Tennessee.

Explore our site and learn why Macon County's location is "In the Center of It All" when looking for a great location to operate a business or industry in Western North Carolina.

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Business News & Developments

Highlands Chamber New Mobile App

The Highlands Chamber of Commerce announced that a new mobile phone/tablet app is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The app offers visitors mobile access to lodging, dining, cultural arts, outdoor activities and shopping information, as well as directions, calling, photo sharing and other native device features. The goal of the app is to provide visitors anywhere/anytime access to resources about the Highlands area and merchants, thus creating a better experience during their visit to the Highlands area.

The creation of a mobile app about the Highlands Area is the brain-child of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. The phone based app will enable a portable version of the printed Visitors Guide, while additionally reducing paper/printing usage to protect our mountain environment and leveraging mobile native technology. Bob Kieltyka, Executive Director of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, says "the mobile app is the first step in a series, applying new technology to vastly expand and improve visitor engagement with the Highlands Community by creating the best visitor experience from the first internet search until returning home ...........it is truly the Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center....at your service!"

"We are excited to create engaging apps and great experiences for the Highland Chamber's visitors" said Geoff Allen, founding Principal at altaCloud solutions, the app's developer. "altaCloud aims to assist businesses and organizations in deeply engaging visitors across all channels, from website to store front and beyond, using cloud-based technologies combined with industry best practices."

Further development of the app is expected to expand resources available to visitors as information is released in the 2015 Visitors Guide.

New Microbrewery For Franklin

lazy hiker brewery franklin ncLazy Hiker Brewing Company LLC has started construction on a new microbrewery in the old Town Hall building on the corner of West Main Street and Porter Street in downtown Franklin. Plans call for a 15 barrel system with tasting and event rooms. In addition to onsite availability, the company plans to distribute both locally and regionally, as well as being a being a downtown destination for visitors. Opening date is scheduled for Spring 2015.



Macon County New Business Guide

franklin nc highlands nc business guideThe Macon County EDC announces the 2nd edition of the Macon County Guide for New Business is now available for download.

The new guide provides valuable information and a resource checklist for those interested in opening a new business in Macon County.

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Franklin Technology Park


franklin nc highlands nc business guide Two hours north of Atlanta and connected globally by a world-class fiber optic network, Franklin Techno- logy Park can provide your existing or start-up tech company with the site & infrastructure needed to succeed.

Featuring a 96-strand fiber broadband network, the park is wired to accomo- date large volume work,
with redundant paths available.

Anchored by Drake Software, one of the nation's largest tax software development companies, FTP's master plan features sites for five additional buildings ranging from 12,000 to 24,000 sq. ft.

You could located your tech company anywhere with broadband access. Choosing Franklin Technology Park provides much more. The tools needed for success and the unparalleled lifestyle opportunities afforded by the mountains of Western North Carolina.

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For Information Contact
Tommy Jenkins
Economic Development Director
828.369.2306 or
EDC@maconnc.org

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