From early switchboards
and some of the
first trials of
electricity in America...
...to Facebook servers, fiber optics, and forerunners of new technologies.
From the friendly
charm of our small
cities and towns...
...to today’s energetic urban areas, preserving a heritage of welcome.
From a centuries-old
tradition of rest and renewal
in placid mountain settings...
...to outdoor gear manufacturing in an ideal laboratory for product testing.
From farm-and-stream
freshness folded into
early Appalachian recipes...
...to the largest shared-use food processing facility in the Southeast.
From the woven
history behind the
Southern Highlands Craft Guild...
...to the high-speed, computer-assisted spinning of contemporary fabrics.
From the timeless world
of the Cherokee, finely-made
instruments of song...
...to the planet of Moog, where synthesizers and imagination mix and mingle.
From a region that
pioneered hands-on
...to new technologies defined by precision and fine-tuning.

A TRADITION OF INNOVATION here in the North Carolina mountains causes art and invention to glide seamlessly together in the shape of new technologies, new foods, new energy, new ideas about wellness. In serving Western North Carolina, AdvantageWest – recognized as one of the most innovative economic development partnerships in the US – catalyzes enterprise that springs from the pioneers, the groundbreakers, the trendsetters for which these mountains are so well known.

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Gearing Up: Sylvan Sport Makes Innovative Adventure Gear

Manufacturer of outdoor adventure gear finds success for his entrepreneurial venture in the Western North Carolina mountains. Read more...
BaconFest returns on Aug. 30, benefiting Blue Ridge Food Ventures

BaconFest Asheville is BACK, benefiting Blue Ridge Food Ventures

The celebration of all things swine is August 30 at Highland Brewing. Last year the food and music festival was a sell-out - get tickets today and a portion of proceeds will benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures! Read more...
Amy Pickett makes her dreams come true with her gelato cart and the help of Blue Ridge Food Ventures.

Video: How Blue Ridge Food Ventures Makes Dreams Come True

For Blue Ridge Food Ventures clients, getting their products to market is a dream come true. Hear their stories in this video on the impact of Blue Ridge Food Ventures. Read more...
Theresa Green, CEO of UliMana, in a video about her chocolate company

Founder of chocolate truffle company enjoys the sweet taste of success

With her raw, organic chocolate truffles made at Blue Ridge Food Ventures, UliMana founder and CEO Theresa Green is enjoying the sweet taste of success. She began production the same year that our agribusiness incubator opened its doors. It was a match made in commercial kitchen heaven. Read more...
AdvantageWest awarded for sustainability efforts by Ford Motor Company

AdvantageWest awarded for sustainability efforts by Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Company has selected AdvantageWest for a $2,000 sustainability award, recognizing us as a "forward-thinking organization improving the environment and quality of life" in Western North Carolina. Read more...
Asheville Skyline at Night

Trade magazine ranks Asheville #1 as a moviemaking town

The recognition by MovieMaker magazine for Asheville as the #1 Town in the US in the publication’s "Best Places To Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2014" is a big win for the filmmaking industry across all of Western North Carolina. Read more...
Sierra Nevada's bottling line, coming to Western North Carolina

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. selects AdvantageWest region for east coast expansion

The second largest privately held brewery in the US is making a multimillion dollar investment in the region and creating 80-100 full-time jobs and 40-60 part-time jobs. "We are thrilled to have found an ideal location in Western North Carolina for our second brewery," says Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman. Read more...
BRP Spruce Pine manufacturer innovates to increase value.

BRP Spruce Pine zooms ahead with innovations that meet customer demands.

Tucked away in Mitchell County is the Spruce Pine facility of BRP, a leading lost foam casting manufacturer and a global producer of Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles; Sea-Doo watercraft; Can-Am ATVs, side-by-sides and roadsters; Evinrude outboard engines; and Rotax engines. Read more...
Chimney Rock State Park draws international filmmakers

Chimney Rock State Park draws international filmmakers

Dutch filmmakers traveled to Western NC's Chimney Rock State Park to shoot "Love Is in the Air," a TV reality series that reunites Dutch people with their loved ones and soul mates in distant foreign countries. How did they find the region? "Truly magical...capturing the epic beauty of Chimney Rock is something we will never forget." Read more...
AdvantageWest President & CEO Scott Hamilton

A special goodbye message from AdvantageWest's president & CEO

Check out the latest edition of AdvantageWest eNews for a special message from Scott T. Hamilton, departing as AdvantageWest's President & CEO after a 20-year career in economic development in Western North Carolina. Read more...

Bi-Partisan Support in NC Grows for Economic Development Requests

Jobs remain the most important issue facing North Carolina. But, several excellent provisions of S 763 and H 1224 that encourage capital expansion, job creation and innovation, capital reinvestment, job retention, and economic growth were not fully addressed by the North Carolina General Assembly in the waning days of the short session Read more...

"The World Made Straight" Feature Film Picks up US Distribution

The WNC-filmed feature "The World Made Straight," based on the book by the same name by NC author Ron Rash, has secured US distribution by Millennium Entertainment. This production shot in March 2013 in Buncombe and Madison Counties and had a direct in-state spend of more than $2 million and accounted for 288 jobs. Millennium will releas Read more...
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AdvantageWest website wins "Superior" by Southern Economic Development Council

The new website for AdvantageWest has won a "Superior" from the Southern Economic Development Council, the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America with 900 members in 17 states and DC. This is the fourth consecutive year that AdvantageWest has been recognized for communications excellence by SEDC. Read more...
AdvantageWest President & CEO Scott Hamilton

Appalachian Regional Commission selects AdvantageWest President & CEO as new Executive Director

The president and CEO of AdvantageWest has been appointed executive director of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). With its headquarters in Washington DC, ARC is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of Federal, state, and local government working for sustainable community development in Appalachia. Read more...
Stir Crazy, produced by Asheville Affiliates to benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures

A look back at the hottest party of the summer

Big thanks to everyone who attended, supported, and contributed to Stir Crazy, the party to benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures. Check out a photo gallery from the event here. Read more...

MGM Feature "Max" Begins Filming in North Carolina

MAX, an MGM family feature about a war-trained dog, is set to film in Western North Carolina and the Charlotte regions starting mid-July. The 150+ day project will shoot portions in the areas of Asheville and Brevard in Western North Carolina with the majority of filming taking place in Kings Mountain, Lincolnton and Gastonia located Read more...
UNC-TV Features Advantage Opportunity Fund Loan Portfolio Client

UNC-TV Features Western North Carolina Inventor & Entrepreneur

This segment on the physics of sound aired on UNC-TV's "NC Science Now." The news segment features Paul Vo, an Advantage Opportunity Fund loan portfolio client. His company, Vo Inventions, is increasingly being recognized for its tremendous innovation. Read more...
Canola Field

The Laurel of Asheville Highlights Biofuels Project

The regional publication, The Laurel of Asheville, focuses on a unique project supported by AdvantageWest in "Field to Fryer to Fuel: Advancing WNC’s Clean Energy Future." Read more...
WZGM's Matt Mittan interviews Matt Raker of AdvantageWest about the new AdvantageWest website

WZGM Radio Discusses AdvantageWest's New Website

The new AdvantageWest website was recently the topic of discussion on regional radio station 1350 WZGM. AdvantageWest VP of Entrepreneurship Matt Raker (shown right, with program host and station owner Matt Mittan and producer Leslie Godbold), along with AdvantageWest Sr VP of Corporate & Public Relations Kathi Petersen were interviewed. Read more...
Blue Ridge Food Ventures natural products manufacturer Wounded Warrior is featured in Asheville Citizen-Times

Western North Carolina natural products industry on the rise

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports on AdvantageWest's efforts to cultivate the natural products industry, and features an interview with Blue Ridge Food Ventures natural products manufacturer Wounded Warrior. Read more...
(All day)

2014 CED Tech Venture Conference

Raleigh Conference Center

500 S. Salisbury St, Raleigh NC

(All day)

UNC School of Government presents Development...

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government

Knapp-Sanders Building, 400 South Road...

(All day)

BrewStart: A Craft Beverage Business Development...

Asheville Center for Professional...

1465 Sand Hill Road, Suite 2048 Candler...