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.
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.
Marion customers broke opening day record for local fast food.
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.
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.
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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