Highlights of Achievement


McDowell Economic Development Association
[Founded 1982 as “McDowell Committee of 100”]
Private development corporation funded by county government, individuals, and business members focused of business recruitment and expansion to promote community economic development.

Keep McDowell Beautiful
[Founded 1984 as McDowell Clean County System]
Community support for beautification, environmental education, recycling and conservation

Mountain Glory Festival
Annual event in October celebrating handicrafts, music, art and other
attributes of the mountain region. (Operated by City of Marion/Marion Business Association since 1998)

McDowell Business & Industry Development Center
A successful business incubator located on the campus of McDowell Technical Community College.

McDowell Tourism Development
A permanent, full-time program dedicated to advertising and promotions for McDowell County

The OUTLOOK Project
[began 1987]
Five-year county strategic planning concentrating on:

  • Growth Management
  • Education
  • Government Services
  • Tourism

Lake James State Park
Joint effort of Burke and McDowell chambers of commerce and legislators began in 1986.

Marion Correctional Institution
Strong recruitment initiative by chamber and county commission that began in 1990. Today provides over 400 well-paying jobs.

McDowell Chamber Visitor Center
Four-year capital campaign to create new quarters on US 221; provides a positive image, visibility and promotions for McDowell County.

Shop Local Campaign
Advertising, promotion, networking and consumer awareness for local business community

Inter-Basin Transfer
Leadership and initiative in coordinating local opposition to transfer of 36 million gallons of water per day from Lake James to Concord-Kannapolis.

Broadband Expansion Project
A focused effort to bring more high-speed internet service to McDowell County residents, students, and existing and prospective businesses. New towers are being acquired to help obtain about 80% coverage of county.

Heritage Grant Program
Financial support provided to local non-profits which create and/or administer programs that enhance public understanding of and participation in the county’s cultural assets.

Exa: Historic Carson House; Mtn. Gateway Museum; McDowell Co. Greenway; various festivals & community celebrations.

McDowell House Preservation
Active involvement in preserving and restoring the McDowell House.

McDowell Leadership “LINC”
[2008-present] - Leadership, Involvement, Networking & Community Knowledge
Nine-month leadership course on business and community sectors which define local economic, civic and public life.

Easy access for online shoppers to check local businesses for products & services.

Workplace Wellness Initiative
A chamber led initiative involving research on the importance of wellness in the workplace that led to the creation of a full-time Community Workplace Wellness Advisor that assists companies and businesses with establishing and maintaining wellness programs.

Career Awareness Readiness Program (CARP)
Developed with the intent of providing middle school students with a nine-month leadership course on business and community sectors which will highlight local career pathways and opportunities.

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