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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.

For Information Contact Tommy Jenkins, Economic Development Director, by phoning
828.369.2306 or email

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Macon County New Business Guide

The 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.

Download PDF Here

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Business News & Developments


Drake Enterprises has closed on the purchase of Caterpillar's former Precision Seals plant, located at 517 Industrial Park Road in Franklin. Industrial realtor Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) placed the 101,810-square-foot, general-purpose industrial building and 20-acre lot on the market in March, intending to sell the property within 12-24 months.

"This space presents an excellent opportunity for growth," said Phil Drake, chairman and CEO of Drake Enterprises. "One of the reasons we chose this building was the availability of fiber Internet in the Industrial Park. As we expand operations, high-speed broadband is a necessity."

Drake's current plan is to house data storage and servers in the on-site tornado shelter. "The reinforced shelter has its own generator, so it's an ideal location," Phil explained. "We will also relocate the maintenance staff and Providence Builders to the new building: the 20-foot ceilings and 50-foot production bays are convenient for storing maintenance machinery and construction materials."

Macon County Economic Development Commission Director Tommy Jenkins commented, "As the largest private employer in Macon County, Drake Enterprises is a perfect fit for the Macon County Industrial Park. We salute Drake for their substantial contributions to our local economy and look forward to an exciting and successful future with this latest acquisition."

About Drake Enterprises

Drake Enterprises of Franklin, NC employs over 800 people and operates eighteen diverse businesses, which include Drake Software, the fourth largest professional tax preparation software company nationally; Macon Printing; Dnet Internet Services; and one-half ownership of Balsam West Fiber Network, which has a 256-mile underground fiber ring in Western North Carolina. Guided by Biblical principles, this rapidly growing company continues to expand through acquisitions and new business ventures.

Macon County EDC 2016 Meeting Schedule

June 09 - 5:30 PM EDC Meeting - Highlands / Entegra Bank

July 14 - 5:30 PM EDC Meeting / SCC-Macon

September 8
- 5:30 PM EDC Meeting / Highlands (Site TBA)

November 10
- 5:30 PM EDC Meeting / SCC-Macon

SCC-Macon Address:
44 Siler Farm Road, Franklin, NC 28734

Meeting Contact Info:
Tommy Jenkins, EDC Director, 828.421.0195


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