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Chairman’s Message

 

The leaves are turning and we’re reminded that another season is upon us. Our new ETDC board welcomes new members (Marc Blazer of The Orchard Inn in Saluda, Fred Baisden of Saluda and Cindy Viehman of Foothills Realty).  We also bid farewell to some dedicated board members, Dennis Hill and Robert Morgan.  With new retail opening their doors, new life for developments White Oak and Bright’s Creek and new tourism opportunities, we are excited about what’s around the corner for Polk County.

 

Ambrose Mills

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Officially launched, the  2-1-1 system in Polk County, is working to  get the word out. 2-1-1 is available to connect people in our community to the resources they need.

 

Thank you for all you do to make Polk County a healthier place to live.

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Business  and CommunityExpo

 

 January 18, 2014

12 pm – 5:00 pm

1681 East NC 108 Hwy.

Polk County High School Gymnasium

 

Why Exhibit?

Increase business visibility to three markets:

Exhibitors Business Professionals and the Community

Connect with potential new customers and clients

Why Sponsor?

Enhance community image

Increase visibility

Differentiate from Competitors

Shape Customer Attitudes

Sponsored by Carolina Foothills Chamber

To reserve a booth, call 828-859-6236 or EMAIL 

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Equestrian

 

Isothermal Community College is in the process of launching an Equine Studies program at the Polk County campus. The program is set to launch Fall 2014 with a partnership agreement with North Carolina State University.  The unmounted program will focus on equine business management, facilities management as well as horse and stable management.

 

 

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Tourism

 

Congratulations are in order. The Orchard Inn of Saluda has been awarded for the second consecutive year Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence as well as Green Leader’s Silver Level Designation and a Four Star Top Rating from Restaurant.com. Owners Marc and Marianne Blazer have owned the inn since 2010 and have upgraded many amenities and rooms in addition to the fine dining restaurant.

 

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“Lighthouse Business Planning Essentials” 

 Thursday December 5th (9am – 5pm)

The Depot, 22 Depot Street, Tryon, NC 

Sponsored by Mountain BizWorks, Polk ECTC and Carolina Foothills Chamber

 

Plug into Business Resources by attending this power packed one-day retreat.

o   Estimate start-up, expansion and overhead costs

o   Determine your sales and profit goals

o   Analyze cash flow

o   Develop your marketing plans

o   Create an plan to move your business forward

Set some time aside to “get away” and make plans for 2014.   Class fee is $125.  Fee includes materials & lunch.

 

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

No Online Registration:

Contact Ashley Epling at ph. 828-253-2834, ext. 27 oremail  to register for this class.

This class is part of our Business Basics curriculum. Learn more here.  This event is co-sponsored by the Swain and Jackson County Cooperative Extension Services.

* Learn more about our programs for Food, Agriculture and Rural Enterprises (FARE of the Carolinas)

 

Jo Ann Miksa-Blackwell

Director of Rural Entrepreneurship
Ph: 828-253-2834 x29 | Cell: 828-919-1000
Mountain BizWorks | www.mountainbizworks.org
We’re helping smaller businesses grow and larger businesses thrive.

 

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The Polk County Economic and Tourism Development Commission meets at the First Peak Center, corner of Mills and Walker Streets in Columbus on the last Wednesday of each month.  Meetings are open and citizens are invited to attend.

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New Businesses for September 2 013

 Air & Moisture Testing LLC

Hooper Creek Farm Property Owners Assoc.

Infinite Insurance Inc.

Isabell Builders LLC

MAM Global Solutions LLC

MJ’s Auto Repair LLC

Rent 2 U LLC

Worf Run Art Gallery LLC

Rirst Federal SCBT

Gale Contractor Service

Stepping Stone Support Services

Tower Beacon & Strobe

Our next

ETDC Meeting is

October 30, 2013

5:30 pm

at the

First Peak Visitor Ctr

 in Columbus.

All meetings are open to the public.

For more information call 828-894-2895.

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The Numbers

 

Aug  Unemployment:  6.2%, down again from July’s’s 6.5%

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DID YOU KNOW??

North Carolina is consistently rated among the best business climates in the nation byForbesCNBCChief Executive and Site Selection magazines.

Why Polk?

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A Quality of Life That Attracts Talent

From our isothermal climate with excellent recreational opportunities to our Appalachian culture, rich history, low crime and a low cost of living, Polk County has what people want.

*Moderate climate *Culture rich in history and the arts 

*Recreational opportunities 

*Quality health care

*Low cost of living-housing, utilities, supplies and groceries, transportation and health care are all below the national average

*Low construction costs 

*Diverse educational opportunities 

 

Why Polk?

Why not?

 

 

 

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All ETDC Meeting Minutes Are Available in the Economic Development Office Upon Request

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Chairman’s Message 

 

Polk County unemployment continues to improve, falling from 4.9% to the lowest yet figure of 4.6% in December. We look forward to even more progress in the coming months.
On March 6, a joint meeting with the Polk County Board of Commissioners, Soil and Water Conservation Board, Farmland Preservation and the Economic and Tourism Development Commission was held in the Columbus Town Hall. The consultant contracted by the Commissioners took comments on his Polk County Economic Development Policy and Strategic Plan draft. We expect the final plan to include our suggestions.
The actual operational details of the plan will be in the Implementation Plan which will be prepared by the Directors of Economic and Tourism Development and Agriculture Development.

Ambrose Mills

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 Downtown

PANGAEA Internet Launches Wi-Fi Trial in Downtown Tryon

 Paneaea, the leading commercial provider of high-speed fiber optic internet service for Polk and Rutherford Counties, has launched a trial Wi-Fi service in downtown Tryon. The trial period will extend through the end of 2014 and is intended to evaluate Wi-Fi technology, determine coverage areas, and gauge consumer demand.

Dual band wireless access points in storefronts and on rooftops provide the Wi-Fi service, which is aimed at visitors to downtown Tryon, area residents and small downtown-based businesses with basic internet needs. Mobile devices, such as phones and tablets, as well as personal computers with Wi-Fi capability can access the service.

Wi-Fi coverage is offered between Tryon Town Hall/Rogers Park and the PANGAEA office near Side Street Pizza. The Wi-Fi connections are:

  • PANGAEA FREE Mesh
  • PANGAEA PAID Mesh

The FREE offering is a low bandwidth, no-cost service, providing the ability to check emails and browse the Internet.

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Accomplishments
 
 The Town of Tryon’s Ransom Morris Project has won top honors in the category of Promotion, receiving NC Commerce’s Small Town Main Street Award of Merit. The N.C. Small Town Main Street Awards competition recognizes the outstanding achievements of participating communities in organization, design, economic restructuring and promotion, the four key areas of the downtown revitalization program’s emphasis. Entries were judged by a panel that included N.C. Main Street Center staff and Main Street managers. Following the judging, Office of Urban Development Director Liz Parham remarked, “North Carolina Main Street and Small Town Main Street Awards represent some of the very best revitalization work taking place in our state. Whether it’s a streetscape project that makes the central business district more walkable and attractive, a building rehabilitation that provides space for exciting new businesses, a special event that builds on the heritage of the community or one of many other exemplary projects that contributes to the vitality of Main Street downtowns, these award-winners are outstanding examples of partnerships, innovation, quality, and sustainability and serve as models for other small towns and cities throughout North Carolina.” Parham and Assistant Secretary of Commerce Dr. Pat Mitchell will present the Small Town Main Street Awards during the North Carolina Main Street Annual Conference in New Bern on Tuesday, April 1st. Crys Armbrust will accept the award on behalf of the Town of Tryon, the Ransom Morris Project and the many citizens who generously participated in the project.

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Assets
 

The Polk County Film Initiative, formed by Lavin Cuddihee, Beau Menetre, Kirk Gollwitzer with the assistance of Crys Armbrust, is a newly formed organization seeking economic sustainability specifically aimed at bringing film production entities to Polk County. Working with Advantage West and the Western North Carolina Film Commission, the goal is to create a “camera ready” environment in Polk County. Not only will production companies be able to easily coordinate their efforts to film here, but the workings of the PCFI is designed to seek out and solicit film productions to take part in an active and receptive cinematic environment. In part this will constitute a cooperative of commerce, residential participation, target location development and an interactive populace that will benefit both from incoming dollars and the eventual coordination of presenting a developed internal workforce consisting of film / videographers, actors and production assistants to name a few.

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 Columbus builder Katherine Pfaff brings eco-sustainable homes to the foothills. The company, TekkHaus, boasts a better way to build with quality components and engineering resulting in buildings that are healthy, green, energy efficient and strong. TekkHaus specializes in custom, “stick built in a factory” framing, to meet and exceed many world standards. In the panelization process, the envelope of the house is prebuilt in flat panels and shipped to the building site. Any plan for a new wood framed house can be panelized by TekkHaus engineers. The company builds houses to any specification, including all levels of LEED houses. TekkHaus recycles most excess construction materials into additional building products. Because the company has economies of scale in purchasing and almost no waste, TekkHaus homes are higher quality and competitive in price. TekkHaus warranties their work and the factory boasts a 100% on-time, on-budget delivery record with 22,000 delivered structures. 

 

Alvin Pack

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The Polk County Economic and Tourism Development Commission meets at the First Peak Center, corner of Mills and Walker Streets in Columbus on the last Wednesday of each month.  Meetings are open and citizens are invited to attend. 

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New Businesses for 
December  2013
Betty Hill, Massage Therapist, LLC
Bain core Therapy LLC
Hulinndalur LLC
Meadow Breeze NC LLC
My Land III  LLC
Rap Development LLC
Tryon Back Door Distillery LLC
T & A Timber and Trucking
ACAR Leasing
Crocked Creek Farm
Cornerstone Res.Mortgage
Total new businesses for 2013:    160

Our next 
ETDC Meeting is 
First Peak Visitor Ctr
 in Columbus 
June 11, 2014
All meetings are open to the public. 
For more information call 828-894-2895. 

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Visiting horse country?  Our hospitality shines. 


The Numbers
Polk unemployment rate for November  was a new low of 4.9%.  
5% is considered full employment.
 

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See What All The Excitement is About
 
Polk County, NC video
Produced by TurnerHDMedia

DID YOU KNOW??

North Carolina is consistently rated among the best business climates in the nation by Forbes, CNBC, Chief Executive and Site Selection magazines.

Why Polk?

  First Peak mtn

A Quality of Life That Attracts Talent

From our isothermal climate with excellent recreational opportunities to our Appalachian culture, rich history, low crime and a low cost of living, Polk County has what people want.

*Moderate climate *Culture rich in history and the arts 

*Top ranked school district

*Recreational opportunities 

*Quality health care

*Low cost of living-housing, utilities, supplies and groceries, transportation and health care are all below the national average

*Low construction costs 

*Diverse educational opportunities 

 

Why Polk?

Why not?

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