green business habitat
Green long before it was mainstream, Western North Carolina is building on its deep roots of experience, technology, and business practice to lead the way in harnessing the benefits of the green economy. As a green business here, you have a distinct and abundant base of resources to build from - a vibrant green business habitat.
With the oldest mountains in the world, a mild climate, a global biodiversity hotspot, unsurpassed outdoor recreation and rejuvenation possibilities, major watersheds, productive soils and rich mineral deposits, the environment of WNC is the wellspring of our green economy possibilities.
Behind every great business success is a great team. As a well known "first mover" green region, WNC offers a growing pool of green industry talent as well as the nation's leading community college and workforce development system.
Public and private institutions are leading global research and product development efforts from carbon neutral building to natural biotechnology to ecosystem analysis and are actively seeking entrepreneurs and industry to help commercialize their innovations.
Smart, local, efficient and renewable are product qualities in high demand. While a region of only a million people, strong green leanings make it an excellent place for prototyping and early commercialization of green products and services. WNC is also within a day's drive of 75% of the US population and connected to global markets through world-class broadband.