The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation


The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Commission, Inc. (BACC EDC, Inc), also known as the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is a 501(c)3 organization created to solicit, manage, and distribute funds and resources to further the development and welfare of the Boone, NC and Watauga County, NC, area through activities which are exclusively charitable, educational, or scientific.

Such purposes may include the aims of advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding of economics, matters of public concern, finance, education and training, housing, human relations, science and technology, economic planning and development, and acceleration of both the quality and quantity of economic growth and employment opportunities.

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STABLE – STABLE workplaces was launched in January 2024 in Watauga County with a vision of thriving workplaces sustained by a stable workforce. STABLE stands for Staff Training and Business Leadership for Evolving workplaces. Our foundation serves as the financial partner of this effort, and seeks support and grants to help subsidize the STABLE curriculum. More details can be found at 

Housing Support – The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce has been involved in the formation of the Watauga County Housing Council and the WEDC remains active in the Watauga County Housing Trust since it’s re-launch in 2023. In addition to these focused projects, the foundation seeks funds in this bucket to apply toward projects and studies that aid in the creation of affordable and attainable housing solutions for Watauga County residents and employers.

Chamber Capital Needs – The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce moved into a new facility in Greenway Commons in January 2023. As the organization continues to provide spaces for staff and convening opportunities for members, we know upkeep of this facility will be an ongoing operations expense. Funds directed to this area will allow for facility needs to be met, thus allowing dollars generated from Chamber membership to stay working toward the needs of the business community.

Early Childhood Development & Education Fund – The Foundation became the administrator of this fund in December 2023, continuing a multi-year effort toward the goals established in the Elevate Watauga initiative. This fund will support workforce development and educational attainment needs for Watauga County’s early childhood workforce, while also providing funding support for initiatives outlined in the Watauga County Childcare Study


General Operating & Community Support – Unrestricted funds donated to the foundation will be used toward general operating and community support, allowing the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce to provide dollars to local efforts that are not directly generated from membership dues or events. This could include business grants, scholarships, area event support, and other projects.