Economic Development Corporation

Traditionally Montgomery County’s economy has been dependent on textiles and lumber products. With the decline of textiles the county’s future depends on helping our existing industries find niche markets and diversifying our industrial base. In a proactive move the county commissioners adopted an incentive plan in 1998 that is based on new jobs and investment that has allowed the county to be competitive. Also, the Montgomery County Committee of 100 was formed in 1996 to support and enhance local economic development efforts. Their Shell Building program has built and sold two industrial shell buildings and has brought new investment and jobs to the county. The EDC and Committee of 100, working with the towns and utility companies have completed the rigorous process to have two industrial sites certified by the NC Department of Commerce. The Certified Industrial Site label assures a client that the property is “shovel ready” and has no environmental concerns.

Montgomery Community College Training Opportunities

To support our new and expanding companies, Montgomery Community College provides workforce training to develop the knowledge and skill sets necessary for our employees to meet the technological challenges of our changing economy.

Partners for Economic Development

In addition to the county and town governments and Montgomery Community College other important economic development partners include local financial institutions, utility companies, Montgomery County Schools, local hospital and health care agencies, the local rail road, the Piedmont Triad Partnership and the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

A growth industry in Montgomery County is Travel and Tourism. The western border of the county is a beautiful chain of lakes, Badin, Falls and Tillery. Lake communities presently provide upscale housing with golf courses and more developments are planned. One premier golf course, the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point is consistently rated #2 in NC by North Carolina Magazine, second only to Pinehurst #2. Each year lake development accounts for an increasingly larger portion of the county tax base. In addition to the lakes, Montgomery County has over 40,000 acres of Uwharrie National Forest and a state historic site, the Town Creek Indian Mound. Because of our natural amenities millions of people visit us each year and the county has just begun to realize the benefit. There is an unmet demand for rental property (cabins or lodges) near the lakes.

The “Golden Opportunities” that abound make Montgomery County a special place to live, work and conduct business.

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