McDowell Economic Development Association, Inc.

About MEDA


McDowell Economic Development Association (MEDA) was created in 1982 with the purpose of improving the economic condition of the people of McDowell County.  Since that time, MEDA has played an instrumental role in recruitment of new businesses and the expansion of existing companies.

Board of Directors:
The Economic Development Association is overseen by a Board of Directors that meets monthly at the office on South Garden Street. 
There are twenty-two (22) members of the Board of Directors. Fifteen (15) voting members on the Board of Directors appointed as follows: the MEDA Board of Directors appoints five (5) members from the executive and full membership category and two (2) members from affiliate membership following submission of names of persons to the Board of Directors by the nominating committee, the McDowell County Board of Commissioners appoints three (3) members, the City of Marion appoints one (l) member, the Town of Old Fort appoints one (1) member, the McDowell County Board of Education appoints one (1) member, the McDowell Technical Community College Board of Trustees appoints one (1) member, and the McDowell Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors appoints one (1) member.
There are seven (7) Ex-Officio (non-voting) members on the Board of Directors as follows: Marion City Manager; McDowell County Manager; McDowell Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; NC House of Representatives; Isothermal Council of Governments Executive Director; Marion Business Association Executive Director; and, the MTCC Small Business Center Manager.
The MEDA Staff and Board of Directors strive to fulfill the mission and vision of the organization which are:
To create an environment conducive to economic growth and development for all, and to market McDowell County’s human and physical resources to existing and prospective industry, businesses, and individuals.
An open association of citizens who strive for continuous improvement in the quality of life for all citizens by maximizing our potential for economic growth and development.