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Originally published: 2013-04-12 09:54:43
Last modified: 2013-04-12 09:54:43

Second economic summit to be held

Watauga County will host its second Economic Development Summit on Wednesday in Blowing Rock.

The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

The summit is designed to bring local business leaders, elected officials and economic development representatives together to learn and share ideas for improving the region's economy.

About 100 people attended the county's first summit in March 2012.

This year's agenda will include a presentation on the area's current situation by Todd Cherry of ASU's Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis, said Watauga County EDC Director Joe Furman.

Attendees also will receive an update on the EDC's activities resulting from a study conducted last year by InSite Consulting. This portion will likely include discussion of the county's recent decision to purchase 199 acres off N.C. 194 North for a possible business park.

The bulk of the afternoon will be led by Jared Nichols of Boone, a "futurist" whose business guides organizations in preparing for the future and thriving in changing environments.

More than 80 people already have signed up to attend the summit, Furman said. Because space is limited, anyone interested in attending should contact the EDC office at (828) 264-3082.