Economic Development


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Bret Gardella, Director
828.737.5150 office
828.789.9037 mobile 

Welcome to Avery County.  We’re a diverse community with resources to offer businesses of all sizes.  The office of economic development stands ready to assist your business to locate or expand here in our County.  Whether your need is business planning assistance, demographic data, access to attractive financing or any other means of assistance, we’re ready to serve you.

Our purpose is straight-forward, we want to add value to your business or entrepreneurial endeavor.  To further this goal, we now have the Avery County Professional and Retail Incubator Development Enterprise.  In the AC PRIDE our commitment extends beyond offering you a place to “hang your shingle”, we’ll help you at every step to start, build and grow your business into the success you deserve.  From training and education to marketing and outreach we’ll offer you professional guidance from experienced specialists in the business world because your business success is our business mission.

So if you’re ready to explore what we can do for you, please call us today.

Thank you again for your interest in Avery County.

Bret Gardella
Economic Development Director
Avery County, North Carolina