Hendersonville County staff received a 2012 Partner of the Year award from the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development. The award is for, well, partners, but these “go above and beyond the norm in creating and retaining quality jobs.”

[Chip Gould] cited an instance in which Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. representatives wanted to view the Ferncliff property by boat on short notice while they were in the area on a scouting trip in the summer of 2011, a company Henderson County ended up landing when Sierra Nevada announced earlier this year that they would place their eastern U.S. operations here.
“We learned of this request on a Monday and they were coming on Tuesday,” Gould said, adding phone calls were made to county staffers including Emergency Services Director Rocky Hyder, who worked with the Henderson County Rescue Squad to provide the water transportation.
“Not only did we have the client viewing the property from the river riding in Zodiac boats, we had client representatives viewing it from the air by helicopter,” Gould said.