·Watauga County Economic Development Commission meets the second Thursday of July, September, November, January, March, & May at 3:00 pm at the Appalachian Enterprise Center

· Click here for upcoming Small Business Center events.

·Click on the following links to access presentations made at April 8, 2014 Economic Summit, "Leveraging the Strengths of the University to Build the Local Economy"

Kevin Byrne
Ted Abernathy
Dennis Kekas
Pentair-NC Centennial Campus


Investment opportunities
· Plug and play 120 - station call center available. Click here for information. 

·North Carolina Capital Access Program (NC-CAP) 

 ·New Market Tax Credit program is available in designated areas of Watauga County


Coming soon.
It seems everyone today is touting the same virtues, almost to the point where communities can no longer differentiate between themselves. Well, the citizens of the Boone/Blowing Rock area of western North Carolina hope you are ready for a change of place! Just imagine.....
  • Living in a place that actually can live up to all the qualities most communities claim to offer.

  • A place that marries four seasons of amazing natural beauty with an advanced technology backbone.

  • A unique home, situated on a ski slope, in a quiet valley, or alongside a rushing mountain trout stream.

  • A vibrant, diversified economy, supported by a major state university.

  • Award-winning schools, 4th of July parades, mountain sunsets, neighbors helping neighbors.

  • A safe place to raise a family, the perfect place to work and the ideal place to retire, all in the same town.

  • Actually finding that special community you and your family have been searching for, but never thought really existed.

  • Coming for a weekend, and staying for a lifetime!

Click here to view the full version of the video journal of Watauga County

Welcome to your new life. Welcome to Watauga County, North Carolina.


If you are a new, existing, or potential business owner in Watauga County, please visit our business assistance page for an abundance of useful information to help you learn about various programs, types of businesses and partnerships within Watauga County. Contact us if you would like to see sites or buildings, to discuss incentives, or just to get acquainted.


Watauga County is located within one hour of interstate highways and within two hours of international airports. The county is served by a vibrant public transportation system as well. The county is traversed by the Blue Ridge Parkway,  the most visited unit of the national park system.

Available sites and buildings

Watauga County, in partnership with GIS Planning Inc. provides Watauga Prospector, the state-of-the-art, constantly updated sites and buildings database.