Madison County

Located in the Appalachian Mountains with scenic views and thousands of acres of outdoor recreation only 15 minutes outside of Asheville, Madison County offers residents and visitors plenty of natural beauty and rural Appalachian character.  Aside from its natural assets, the area has cultivated a thriving artistic community and invested wisely in technology, advanced manufacturing, and education.

In April 2018, the Hometown Strong Action Team joined Governor Roy Cooper, Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susi Hamilton and Department of Transportation Chief Operating Officer Bobby Lewis to visit Madison County, including stops in Marshall, Mars Hill and Hot Springs. 

With access to the Appalachian Trail, acres of unspoiled wildlife areas and a thriving arts and music scene, Madison County has become a growing destination for recreation and tourism. While Madison County’s economy once relied heavily on tobacco, it’s now home to more organic farms than any other county in the state, encouraging development in agritourism.

County leaders are focused on creating new opportunities through economic development. In recent years, local leaders have worked to increase investment in technology encourage skills and education attainment and develop their workforce. Partnerships among employers, schools and community colleges have strengthened local industries like manufacturing. In 2017, Governor Cooper announced that Advanced Superabrasives would expand its manufacturing facility in Mars Hill creating an additional $26 million in local investment and dozens of new jobs over four years.

Hometown Strong Action Team members and local leaders have identified infrastructure improvements, expanded access to broadband and workforce development as priorities and possible points of collaboration.

Small & Mighty: Celebrating the Long Reach of our Littlest Libraries

Congratulations to the staff and patrons of the Madison County Public Libraries on taking the honors as the 2018 Best Small Library in America.