The budget cuts coming from Raleigh last year resulted in slashing state funds to seven of the state’s regional economic development partnerships. One of which was the one representing 23 mostly rural, western counties: AdvantageWest. News that AdvantageWest will shut down by year’s end could result in fewer economic boosts to small economies of counties that can’t afford to mount such marketing efforts for their areas on their own. Western North Carolina residents have long suspected the decision-makers in the center-right of the state treated the western part as if the state ended at their borders when doling out benefits. Now that the powers-that-be in Raleigh seem even further right than before, could it make anything they consider too left to be purposely left out?

 

Originally printed in the 6/10/15 edition of the Asheville alt weekly paper: The Mountain Xpress

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