Good news on the Haywood economy
While Haywood’s economy hasn’t returned to the explosive growth levels recorded a decade ago, all signs point to improvement.
Unemployment is down, housing sales are up and there are new businesses opening up across the county.
Retail owners report brisk sales overall, and holiday sales have also been going well for most merchants.
Perhaps the best indicator of Haywood’s economic status is from the N.C. Department of Commerce, which has recalculated the formula that determines state funding opportunities when it comes to economic development.
Under the economic tier system, the 40 most distressed counties are designated tier 1 and get the maximum amount of tax credits available. The next 40 counties are designated at tier 2, and the 20 most prosperous counties in the state are in the tier ...