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Just 30 minutes from the city of Asheville, Haywood County has all the splendor the Great Smoky Mountains has to offer in a quaint setting. Prestigious mountain landscapes, lakes, sprawling forests and the occasional waterfall oasis are a few of the natures splendors that call Haywood County home.

Historic downtowns, festivals ripe with hometown spirit, orchards rich in family traditions and talented artisans alike form the rich community dynamic of Haywood County. Increasingly, folks are discovering that this area of the Smokies has all the components from which to make a lifetime of contentment.

Haywood County offers something for everyone – retiree, small business owner, families and individuals. Many are drawn to the area for its natural beauty. Others enjoy the healthy temperate climate with pleasant summer days and invariably cool nights; others are looking to integrate themselves into our mountain culture.

Whatever the reason is for making a move to the mountains, you will experience a warm welcome from the community and learn firsthand why people say “I wasn’t born here, but I couldn’t wait to get here!”


The Chamber is home to the Haywood Economic Development Council (EDC). Since its inception in 1982, the EDC has been committed to being the primary advocate of attracting, retaining, and building business in the county; dedicated to serving businesses of all sizes to build economic growth. The EDC is the connection between business and government, business and business, and business and the workforce.

The mission of the EDC is to foster a healthy and prosperous economy and quality of life for our community through the development of capital investment, job creation and entrepreneurial opportunities while supporting existing business and industry.

The EDC is an arm of the Haywood Chamber of Commerce. Together, these two leading organizations are dedicated to business growth and prosperity. Working as one, powerfully bonded and strategically aligned, the EDC and Chamber collaborate with partners throughout the county and Western North Carolina.