Welcome To McDowell!

Welcome To McDowell!

From the crystal waters of Lake James to the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, we are proud of McDowell County’s natural beauty, low cost-of-living, lack of congestion, and can-do community spirit. Uniquely situated amid 67,000 acres of undisturbed forest land yet close to major cities, McDowell County offers an energetic and growing commercial sector, a budding agri-tourism industry, and a range of events and activities in which to partake.

The Chamber works closely with local and regional governments, area business owners, and community organizations to support economic growth and encourage community involvement. Since 1957, we have been working to create a community that respects its history and natural resources while utilizing innovative ideas and practices to move boldly into the future.  See our Highlights of Achievements! 

Whether you’re here on vacation, looking to relocate, or just passing through, we invite you to explore McDowell County’s past and present and encourage you to develop your own list of favorite pastimes. Please drop by the Visitor’s Center to let us know how we can help you make your local adventures even more memorable.

Steve Bush
Executive Director


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FEATURED EVENTS

Positioning for Success

Chamber Awards $3,500 in Scholarships

Chamber Awards $3,500 in Scholarships

Student LINC participants earn funds for college through Chamber program.

Chamber board member Amy Johnson was honored to present local high school students and participants of our Student LINC program with a total of $3,500 in scholarships on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Scholarships were awarded based on each student's efforts and participation in the program, which is led by Program Director Juanita Doggett. 


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Arby's Hits Record Numbers At Grand Opening

Arby's Hits Record Numbers At Grand Opening

Marion customers broke opening day record for local fast food.

Excitement had been building for weeks for Arby's official opening day here in Marion and the crowds didn't disappoint. The fast food chain experienced record-breaking sales for its Grand Opening Day! "Wow, what a day," said Marketing Director Mike Hicks. "Marion really showed up, and showed up, and showed up ...!"


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Moments In Music

Moments In Music

Celebrating 30 Years In Business with Killough's Music & Loan

Music has a way of imprinting on our souls, taking us to another wavelength, and even changing our lives. For Freddie and Woody Killough, music has been narrating their story--both personally and professionally--since 1978. 


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Investing For The Long Term

Investing For The Long Term

How Getting Hitched Affects Your IRA

June is a popular month for weddings. If you are planning on tying the knot this month, it’s an exciting time, but be aware that being married might affect you in unexpected ways – including the way you invest. If you and your new spouse both earn fairly high incomes, you may find that you are not eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA.


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Camp Like You Mean It

Camp Like You Mean It

The school year is winding down. Book that summer camp experience!

From the first cannonball into the lake to the final campfire gathering, summer camp has always offered youth a defining experience with tons of fun, a few shenanigans, and even personal growth. The stress of school work and popularity contests are quickly replaced with warm breezes, goofy songs, the excitement of new friends, and new adventures. 

Here in McDowell we offer all types of camps from themed camps, sleep-away camps, and camping for the whole family. Check out our list of great camps and book now before all the best spots are taken. 

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Your Chamber by The Numbers

Your Chamber by The Numbers

See how the Chamber and the community are doing.

We've seen new businesses open, celebrated the growth of others, and witnessed record numbers of people from all over the country visiting our site. As we track our growth each year, we want you to know how we are doing and how our community as a whole is doing. Check out our Year in Review! 

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Welcome To Our Newest Members

Thank you for joining!

Join us in welcoming our newest members of the McDowell Chamber of Commerce! 



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