Watauga Economic Development Commission

The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce coordinates and administers the County’s Economic Development program

The Chamber receives annual funding support from Watauga County to administer a coordinated county-wide economic development program. The effort serves as a guide to growth in Watauga County by encouraging the creation of new jobs, or saving of existing jobs, which pay above-average wages, are in businesses which have a favorable or non-adverse impact on the physical or social environment, and which contribute to an appropriately balanced, stable, and vital local economy. 

  1. Development of Attainable & Affordable Housing
  2. Increase Access to and Quality of Early Childhood Education & Development
  3. Workforce Development including Participation in myFutureNC 

How to Start or Grow a Business


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NC Opportunity Zones Program

Watauga County Opportunity Zone

Homegrown Companies Create Decades-Long Legacies in Watauga County  

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The Tech Sector is Taking Off in Watauga County

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Arts Community Finds a Home in Watauga County

A Modern Mountain Community