On this Thursday, August 16 at 9am, the regional economic development partnership for Wilkes and 22 other Western NC counties, AdvantageWest, is holding its bimonthly Board of Directors meeting in Ashe County. The agenda includes presentations from economic development representatives from Wilkes, Watauga, Ashe, Caldwell and Alleghany counties. Participants include Wilkes EDC President Jeff Garstka; North Wilkesboro Town Mgr Cecil Wood; Wilkesboro Town Mgr Kenneth Noland; and Chris Robinson, Dean of the Ashe Campus of WCC. Leaders in economic development from Wilkes, Watauga, Ashe, Caldwell, and Alleghany counties will discuss economic development activities, successes, challenges and opportunities in the High Country. AdvantageWest is one of seven regional economic development partnerships across North Carolina. The nonprofit, public-private partnership serves the 23 westernmost counties of the state, a geographic area of nearly 10,000 square miles or about the size of the state of Maryland. Chartered by the N.C. General Assembly in 1994, AdvantageWest is governed by a 21-member board of directors. AdvantageWest board meetings are open to the public. For more information, visitwww.advantagewest.com.