Business leaders from throughout Macon County gathered at the fellowship hall at Holly Springs Baptist Church to hear remarks from Scott T. Hamilton, executive director of the Appalachian Regional Commission. Hamilton was the 2015 BizWeek Banquet keynote speaker and praised Macon County for being an innovative leader in the Appalachian economy.
"Macon County is one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina," said Hamilton during his address. "It is impressive what you have down here. Macon County and the economic strides you have made is an example for the rest of Appalachia."