Economic Development

The McDowell Economic Development Association, Inc. (MEDA) is a non-profit corporation serving McDowell County. The mission of MEDA is to recruit and to expand new and existing industry in the County. The goal of MEDA is to create jobs and increase the tax base in McDowell County.


MEDA is a public-private effort funded by the County and through donations from businesses and individuals. The organization is guided by a nineteen-member Board of Directors representing all sections of the County and is managed by an Executive Director and Administrative Assistant.


In undertaking its mission, MEDA maintains contact with key people in the field of economic development and is knowledgeable of loan and grant programs that provide the required funds for growth. The organization also compiles and produces current demographic data, video and other multi-media presentations which are used to promote McDowell County.


If you would like to become a member and support the McDowell Economic Development Association, please call 828-652-9391.


Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Contact Info

Chuck Abernathy
Executive Director

Ashley Boone
Administrative Assistant

(828) 652-9391


Universal Building
634 College Drive
Marion, NC 28752