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Archive for January, 2013

Investors Update Lunch Recap

The Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development hosted the inaugural Investors Update Lunch on Wednesday, January 23rd.  The event was introduced in the fall of 2012 as a new benefit of Presidential and Patron membership investment.  Over 50 investors gathered at the Hendersonville Country Club to hear from HCPED staff on “What You’re Investing In.”  The meeting offered a new outlet for members to connect, and also provided access to the Partnership’s programs and plans for existing industry, marketing, product development and advocacy.

Chip Gould, HCPED Board Chairman, opened the program by explaining why Cason Companies has been a continuing member of the Partnership since the organization’s founding, and why he chooses to invest time through volunteer service to support the HCPED mission.  Andrew Tate started the formal presentation by sharing a big picture overview on organizational operations, including how duties are segmented by existing industry, marketing, product development and advocacy.  Tate presented briefly the sources of revenue to the Partnership, as well as common expense items for private dollars, and the items that the Partnership tracks and measures to ensure accountability and good stewardship.

Josh Hallingse, Director of Industry Relations, contributed by detailing how HCPED works with the 135 existing manufacturers in the community and has developed one of the strongest existing industry programs in the state.  Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Brittany Brady, explained that the Partnership is the professional economic development marketing entity for the area, proactively pursuing targeted sectors for new business growth and putting Henderson County in front of decision makers that can impact project decisions.  Tate concluded the program by sharing how the Partnership is moving forward with product development initiatives to improve the marketability of specific property, and public policy matters that are being monitored in 2013.

The Partnership plans to host Investors Update events twice a year, to encourage a new outlet for our members to connect and also to ensure that there are opportunities for our members to provide feedback on the organization’s activities and direction.  The next Investors Update Luncheon is being planned for July and will include a tour of a manufacturing operation that has been growing in Henderson County.  For more information about the event or to find out more about membership, please contact brittany@hcped.org or call 828-692-6373.

Air Travel Information Request

Recently, the Asheville Regional Airport and representatives from the Carolina West economic development group, including the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, had the opportunity to meet with American Airlines in Dallas, TX.  The group met with domestic planning management, who made a strong case for reinstatement of non-stop service from Asheville to Dallas/Fort Worth, TX.  American Airlines shared their interest in learning more about the business community’s specific travel needs in order to move forward.

The Asheville Regional Airport is requesting your assistance to help build the business case for new, non-stop commercial air service.  They ask that you consider sharing information about your most recent travel patterns, including destination and budget information.  In addition to being used to encourage reinstatement of Dallas service, the information could also be used to advocate for Denver, CO or Washington D.C. service.

An Air Travel Summary work sheet has been provided by the airport to help gather needed information.  You can download the document as a .pdf or .doc format, or print direct from the link.  Please complete and submit the requested data no later than January 31, 2013.  Completed work sheets, and any questions should be directed to Tina Kinsey, Director of Air Service Development, Asheville Regional Airport, at 828.654.3238 or tkinsey@flyavl.com.

2013 Henderson County Tourism Conference

The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority and Blue Ridge Community College are sponsoring the 2013 Henderson County Tourism Conference.  The conference is free to attend for Henderson County businesses, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Blue Ridge Community College Conference Center
Event:  8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker:  Wit Tuttel, Marketing Director, NC Department of  Tourism
also Educational Sessions and Networking Opportunities.

To register for the event, please use this link:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013TourismExpo
Any questions should be directed to 828.693.9708

Economic Partners:
Partnership for Economic Development
Henderson County Chamber of Commerce
Historic Seventh Avenue District
Hendersonville Main Street Program