A Flourishing Economy

Main Street, Hendersonville NC

Tourism is the main industry and economic engine of our city. Tourists spend a lot of money here. However, as strong and flourishing local economy cannot be built on one primary and volatile sector. We need a diverse economy with a variety of business—service, light manufacturing, high tech startups, innovation. To that end, I will be seeking public-private cooperation and work with the local Chamber of Commerce to target and attract good business with clean work and good pay. I’ll also be exploring the creation of a business startup hub in the city to provide co-working space, startup services and training. This won’t cost city money but it will need the moral support of city leadership. A non-profit like Hatch Innovation Hub would be ideal.

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