NADO 2019 Impact Award: Mountain Area Careers

Mountain Area Workforce Development Board is honored to receive a NADO 2019 Impact Award for “Mountain Area Careers.” Mountain Area Careers shares our region’s career pathways and connects talent to local jobs.

“Congratulations to the 2019 NADO Impact Awards recipients! The Impact Awards program honors NADO members for their creative approaches to advancing regional community and economic development and improved quality of life. These projects have made significant impacts on their regions and demonstrate the diversity of services and program delivery provided by regional development organizations across the country.”

Buncombe County ranked #47 (top 14%) out of the 350 largest counties in the nation for wage growth from Q4 2017 to Q4 2018. Wages increased 5.2% during this time period in Buncombe County. The national average was 3.2%. Buncombe ranked #4 in the state for wage growth behind Wake, Cumberland and Durham Counties.

During this time period Buncombe ranked #86 (top 25%) out of the 350 largest counties in the nation for job growth. Jobs grew by 1.9% in Buncombe from Q4 2017 to Q4 2018 compared to the national average of 1.5%. Buncombe ranked #6 in job growth during this time period behind Cabarrus, Durham, New Hanover, Pitt and Mecklenburg Counties.
Buncombe County is the only county in our region in the top 350 most populous counties in the nation.

NCWorks Commission approved the Energy Career Pathway for our region at their meeting in Charlotte on August 7.

This career pathway covers 21 counties, the region from the Asheville metro to the Charlotte metro served by Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board, Region C Workforce Development Board, Gaston Workforce Development Board, Centralina Workforce Development Board and Charlotte Works.

The energy industry employs 62,400 people in the region in 14 key occupations, the job growth in this sector is expected to be at 8.1% between 2018 – 2023 creating a demand for 5,000 jobs.