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OUR MISSION IS TO SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMIC GROWTH AND EMPLOYMENT IN YANCEY COUNTY, NC.

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Yancey in top 25% of NC Counties by Prosperity Index

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Yancey in top 3% of Counties for Tourism Economy Growth

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Year over Year Population Growth, Yancey in Top Tier of Rural NC Counties for Growth

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Percentage of Yancey Students who Receive a Degree or Credential versus 49% of Peer NC Counties

Why Yancey County EDC?

Burnsville, NC is a small community nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The region has a pioneering spirit and welcoming attitude – toward people and business. When you expand or relocate your business here, you join a community rich with opportunity, innovation and economic vibrancy.

Yancey County is an ideal place to live, work, and play. Natural beauty, a clean and safe living environment, quality schools and healthcare, a thriving art community, opportunities for spiritual development, and excellent shopping are a few of our distinguishing qualities.

Our Four Goals

– Establish a network of volunteers who have the experience needed to mentor local entrepreneurs.

– Educate business owners about the most effective marketing and networking techniques.

– Collaborate with Yancey County schools and youth based organizations to expand entrepreneurial learning opportunities for students.

– Ensure that a variety of funding options are available for local entrepreneurs.

VIEW THE YANCEY COUNTY ECONOMIC STRATEGIC PLAN

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Yancey County Initiatives

The Yancey County Board of Commissioners recognizes the need to financially support businesses that contribute to tax base development, employer diversification, and job creation. The Yancey County Local Business Investment Grant Program provides this support.

Read about the Yancey County Local Business Investment Grant Program:

Yancey County Local Business Incentive PDF  Application PDF

Read about the Yancey EDC Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program:

DEAP Grant Application Guidelines PDF  |  Application PDF

North Carolina Initiatives

Because Yancey County is a Tier 2 county, the North Carolina Department of Commerce provides incentives and tax consideration to qualifying businesses in the area.

One North Carolina Fund – Money from this fund can be used for repairs, acquisition of equipment, and infrastructure improvements (water, sewer, gas, electric).

Job Development Investment Grants (JDIG) are annual grants to businesses based on withholding taxes paid by new employees. Companies must meet rigorous guidelines to qualify for these grants.

Workforce Development and Training is offered through the North Carolina Department of Commerce and is available at Mayland Community College.

RURAL BUILDING REUSE GRANT FUND

This program provides grants to local governments, using three categories of funding for:

The renovation of vacant buildings

  • The renovation or expansion of a building occupied by an existing North Carolina company wishing to expand in their current location
  • The renovation, expansion or construction of health care entities that will lead to the creation of new, full-time jobs. 
  • Grants are available to support the renovation of vacant buildings. The building must be vacant for at least three months prior to application deadlines.
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MEET THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

JAMIE MCMAHAN
Executive Director

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Yancey County Planning & Economic Director Jamie McMahan is responsible for overseeing all planning and economic development projects.  His duties include planning for all capital improvements, public utility and infrastructure projects, management of capital project financing and fund raising for Yancey County Government and subsidiary organizations.

MEET THE BOARD

Chair: Jon Ray

Vice Chair: Warren Bare

Secretary: Schell McCall

Treasurer: Erica Deaton

County Commissioner: Jill Austin

Burnsville Town Council Member: Judy Buchanan

Member: Cynthia Deyton

Member: Jim Ashton

Member: Jim McQueen

 

113 Green Mountain Drive, Suite B P.O. Box 246 Burnsville, NC

Office number: +1 (828) 682-7722

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