Business Overview

Business Overview

Each year, millions of visitors flock to Cherokee County and the Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway to enjoy what our community has to offer.   Locating your business or industry to Cherokee County, North Carolina not only places you in one of the most beautiful places in the world, it also affords you an opportunity to succeed and grow your business while enjoying the beauty of our County year-round. Quality of life is an essential part of recruiting and keeping top talent and we enjoy one of the best qualities of life with one of the lowest cost of living indexes in the United States.

Our target industries include manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, machined products, automotive suppliers, and tourism. The County is ideally positioned to continue to succeed in each of these segments of the U.S. economy. Harrah’s Casino, employing more than 900, is a major employer and a leader in the Smoky Mountain Tourism Area; Moog, a leader in the defense, medical, automotive, and aviation industry employs more than 370 residents; and Snap-On Tools is a major manufacturer with nearly 300 employees in the County.

Cherokee County prides itself on its pro-business attitude where the local and state government is a partner not only when recruiting your company to the County but serving as your partner for years after you’ve located. Our leadership and economic development team has a strong business expansion and retention program to assist you at any time. We take pride in partnering with you for the long-term.

Our quality workforce provides you skilled workers and our technical training from Tri-County Community College and business support from Western Carolina University puts our community in a unique situation to support business and industry, large and small, with outstanding training programs and access to top talent. Whatever your precise need, we are dedicated to working with our workforce partners to develop the talent to help you succeed for years to come.

The County has several available buildings and sites that are ready for your company.   In addition to an outstanding workforce and quality locations, as a Tier 2 County in North Carolina,we can offer new and expanding companies with exceptional local and state incentive packages and a low cost of doing business. We work closely with new and expanding companies to meet and exceed your needs and to create a tax and permitting environment that is fair to all and allows your business to grow and prosper from day one.

Getting your raw materials in and product out isn’t a problem in Cherokee County as we are located within a single day’s drive to 60% of the U.S. population. With access to Interstate 40 – one of the major east-west trade routes in the U.S., and US Highways 74 and 64 located through the County; Cherokee County is within a two-hour drive of Asheville, NC;Atlanta, GA; Chattanooga, TN and Knoxville, TN. One of the top seaports on the East Coast, the Port of Charleston, is less than 6 hours away via I-40 to I-26.

Cherokee County has an outstanding corporate airport that is owned and operated by the County.   The County is within 2 hours of Atlanta Jackson Hartsfield International Airport which connects to every major U.S. city and dozens of international destinations.

Exceptional beauty, a strong workforce, great training programs, and a pro-business outlook are just a few of the many reasons companies succeed in Cherokee County.   We welcome new business and industry – large and small – to Cherokee County as our citizens and leadership committed to work hard to help you succeed. Pay us a visit and find out what others already know – Cherokee County is a great place for business and industry to call home.

Cherokee County North Carolina Economic Development Corporation