Cleveland County

Located in the foothills of North Carolina, Cleveland County is home to parts of the South Mountains, including Crowders Mountain and Kings Mountain. Cleveland County has a rich history and sits along the Overmountain Victory Trail.

In April 2019, the Hometown Strong Action Team met with the towns of Shelby and Kings Mountain to hear about the strengths, opportunities, and challenges they face. The Hometown Strong Action Team also visited the Don Gibson Theatre to learn about the county’s rich musical legacy.

Cleveland County’s proximity to major interstates and history as a textile and manufacturing hub has helped attract and retain a number of industries. Investments in downtowns and attractions have continued to put the county on the map as a place for tourism.

Hometown Strong Action Team members are planning to meet again with the county and local leaders to determine possible priorities and possible points of state and local collaboration.