Competent, Collaborative Leadership

Haywood County, the nation’s first certified entrepreneurial community, knows that when business, educators, and government work together, everyone wins. County leaders believe it’s critical for their success.

The county’s collaborations include close relationships with Haywood Community College, one of the top "best practices" community colleges in the state. Merchants in friendly downtown Waynesville, the county seat, mentor each other and give and receive support from county and civic organizations—this support also happens in Canton, Clyde, and Maggie Valley.

Gorgeous mountains offer ample opportunities for outdoor recreation—the county has 14 peaks over 6,000 feet in elevation. The Blue Ridge Parkway borders Haywood on the south; the Great Smoky Mountains and Pisgah National Forest are on the northern border.

Asheville is only 30 minutes away, and I40 provides easy access to Knoxville and Charlotte.