7th Annual High Country Economic Kickoff Luncheon

Hosted by the Boone & Blowing Rock Chambers of Commerce and the Watauga EDC


Thursday, January 19, 2023
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
* Registration open until 1/13/23 at 8:00 AM (EST)
Register Now
* Registration open until 1/13/23 at 8:00 AM (EST)

Tickets for the 7th Annual High Country Economic Kickoff Luncheon are now available!

The event, presented by Peak Insurance Group, will take place on Thursday, January 19, 2023, from 11:00 am-1:00 pm in the Grandview Ballroom, located at Appalachian State's North Endzone Facility.

The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, and the Watauga County Economic Development Commission are proud co-hosts of this event.

Additional event support comes from Appalachian Commercial Real EstateAllen Wealth Management, Skyline National BankDMJPS PLLC, and Jackson Sumner & Associates.


Dr. Harry Davis, NC Bankers' Association Professor

Keynote presenter, Dr. Harry Davis, a longtime Appalachian State Walker College of Business faculty member and member of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, will deliver his 2023 High Country Economic Forecast. Dr. Davis is a regionally renowned economist and serves as both Dean and Instructor for the North Carolina School of Banking.

Eric Woolridge, AICP, Director of Planning and Business Development, Destination by Design

Eric has worked in planning and economic development for more than twenty years and during his career has assisted more than 150 local government jurisdictions in the fields of land use planning, place-based economic development, open space and greenway planning, downtown revitalization, and place-branding.

Additional presenters will be shared soon.


During the presentation, the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce will reveal the recipients for the 2022 Watauga County Business of the Year Awards, presented by Carolina Mountain Title. Business of the Year winners will be recognized in three categories: Large Business, Small Business, and Startup Business.

Doors open at 11:00 am for an excellent opportunity to network with event attendees from across the High Country. A buffet-style lunch will be served prior to the presentation.


When: Thursday, January 19, 2023, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Where: Grandview Ballroom, 135 Jack Branch Drive, Boone, NC
Tickets: $40/Individual


For questions, contact the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce at 828-264-2225 or email the Chamber’s Director of Events, Carrie Henderson at carrie@boonechamber.com.

* Registration open until 1/13/23 at 8:00 AM (EST)
Register Now
* Registration open until 1/13/23 at 8:00 AM (EST)

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Carrie Henderson

Carrie Henderson

Director of Events, Boone Area Chamber of Commerce

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828.264.2225