From the friendly
charm of our small
cities and towns... today’s energetic urban areas, preserving a heritage of welcome.
From a centuries-old
tradition of rest and renewal
in placid mountain settings... outdoor gear manufacturing in an ideal laboratory for product testing.
From early switchboards
and some of the
first trials of
electricity in America... Facebook servers, fiber optics, and forerunners of new technologies.
From farm-and-stream
freshness folded into
early Appalachian recipes... the largest shared-use food processing facility in the Southeast.
From the timeless world
of the Cherokee, finely-made
instruments of song... the planet of Moog, where synthesizers and imagination mix and mingle.
From the woven
history behind the
Southern Highlands Craft Guild... the high-speed, computer-assisted spinning of contemporary fabrics.
From a region that
pioneered hands-on
manufacturing... 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 our 23 counties, 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.

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 the AdvantageWest region for their 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...
Fire From the Mountain hot sauce and salsa

Fire From the Mountain packs some delicious heat

When you think of where tasty hot sauces and salsas come from, you might think of Texas, Mexico or New Orleans. But the makers of Fire From the Mountain hope you think of Western North Carolina.They plant 300 to 400 pepper plants each year at their farm in Watauga County for their hot-hot-hot products made at Blue Ridge Food Ventures. 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...
Scenes from the Mother Earth News Fair

Scenes from the 2014 Mother Earth News Fair held in the AdvantageWest region

Enjoy a photo gallery from the southeast's inaugural Mother Earth News Fair, featuring the WNC Sustainability Trail, a busy two days at the Blue Ridge Food Ventures booth, and a ceremony honoring AdvantageWest for our sustainability efforts in the region. Read more...
AdvantageWest is presented with a $2,000 sustainability award from Ford Motor Company

AdvantageWest is presented with sustainability award by Ford Motor Co.

AdvantageWest was presented with a $2,000 sustainability award from Ford Motor Company at the Mother Earth News Fair on April 13. Ford recognized AdvantageWest for being a "forward-thinking organization that is not only improving the environment, but the quality of life in your community.” Read more...
Blue Ridge Food Ventures natural products manufacturer Wounded Warrior is featured in Asheville Citizen-Times

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...
Study Finds North Carolina Film and Television Tax Incentive Spurs Economic Growth, Yields Positive Return on Investment

Study Finds North Carolina Film & Television Tax Incentive Spurs Economic Growth, Yields Positive ROI

A new study released by North Carolina State Poole College of Management distinguished professor Dr. Robert Handfield found the tax incentive intended to attract film and television production to the State has produced a significant return on investment for North Carolina’s economy. Read more...

Surface application manufacturer to bring 30 jobs to WNC; AdvantageWest assists with location search

As the initial contact and liaison with XO.STEEL, AdvantageWest worked for several months to help the company realize the benefits of locating in Western North Carolina. Raw material will be processed, manufactured, palletized and shipped to end users globally. Read more...
AdvantageWest e-news for March 2014

AdvantageWest e-news for March 2014

Check out our latest eNews for a full listing of events, opportunities, deadlines, workshops and more. Read more...

Clear Channel radio stations feature AdvantageWest as part of Nat'l Entrepreneurship Week

Listen to the podcast of the public affairs program 'Changes' for information on AdvantageWest's Advantage Opportunity Fund as well as an opportunity to join the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC, a group of entrepreneurs that manufacture outdoor recreational equipment in the mountains of North Carolina. Read more...

Asheville Radio Group public affairs program on Blue Ridge Food Ventures

Learn about Blue Ridge Food Ventures and our winter CSA program (community supported agriculture) in this interview between Bill McClement, News & Public Affairs Director at Asheville Radio Group, and Chris Reedy, the Executive Director of Blue Ridge Food Ventures since July 2013. Read more...
Blue Ridge Food Ventures Client Services Mgr Martha Vining prepares recipes using Winter Sun Farms produce on WLOS-TV.

WLOS-TV's Carolina Kitchen features recipes with Winter Sun Farms produce

Blue Ridge Food Ventures Client Services Mgr Martha Vining prepares recipes using Winter Sun Farms produce on WLOS-TV. Read more...
AdvantageWest wins awards for excellence in communications

AdvantageWest wins awards for excellence in communications

AdvantageWest received five awards for excellence in communications by the Southern Economic Development Council. SEDC is the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America with 900 members in 17 states. Read more...
Prestige Adventure Center - home of Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC

New Adventure Center showcases recreational equipment manufactured in Western North Carolina

The AdvantageWest region is home to scores of companies that manufacture outdoor recreational equipment, many of whose products are showcased in the new Prestige Adventure Center. The space is a collaboration between Prestige Subaru in Asheville and the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC, an alliance supported by AdvantageWest. Read more...
(All day)

Macon County BizWeek April 21-24

Various Locations

Macon County


Encore Entrepreneur Fair Sponsored by AARP &...

A-B Tech Enka Campus - Haynes...

1459 Sand Hill Rd, Candler NC

(All day)

NC Sustainable Energy Conference

NCSU McKimmon Center

1101 Gorman St, Raleigh NC