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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

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

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