Economic Development

The Avery County Economic Development Committee is comprised of nine (9) committee members, our County Manager and a member of the Avery County Board of Commissioners.  We are a diverse group of business specialists consisting of retired corporate executives, current CEO's & management professionals and entrepreneurs. Our career backgrounds range across the board from manufacturing, education, health care, utilities, retail and wholesale. Some of our members are Avery County natives with their family heritage going back multiple generations; other are expats from more northern states.  Our diversity is our greatest strength.

We have two (2) primary goals, each sharing equal priority:  (1) To insure the success, growth and retention of our current businesses.  (2) To attract new commerce to Avery County.

Whether you are a sole proprietor, new or experienced entrepreneur, member of a site selection task force seeking a new or additional business site we are your “go to” one-stop referral source. 

All of us who comprise the Avery County Economic Development Committee love and live by our county slogan—“Together…We are Avery County”.  Please do not hesitate to contact us; it would be our pleasure to share our knowledge, experience and wisdom in assisting you in making your business vision a reality.

The Avery County Economic Development Committee is your one stop referral resource whether you are an entrepreneur, a new business start-up, a business entering a growth cycle or an established company wishing to expand or relocate.

Our goal is to be your “go to” resource to compliment your efforts and assure your success.

We will assist your business with:

  • writing a business plan
  • startup capital requirements
  • rules & regulation compliance
  • employee recruitment
  • job training reimbursement
  • educational & advanced training opportunities
  • all other aspects of starting or operating a retail, wholesale, tourism, hospitality, agricultural, commercial or light manufacturing business.

Avery County is a diverse community that welcomes new business.  Come join us and let our motto be yours – “Together…We are Avery County”.

Economic Development Committee Contacts

Phillip Barrier

Kate Gavenus, Avery County EDC Chairperson