Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team
Committee Reports - November 10, 2016
and Workforce Development Committee
Development - On
October 6, 2016, the entire staff of GCS attended Professional Development
sessions with five other school districts on the campus of Cherokee Central
- Ben Davis’s Physics class built a trebuchet (catapult) and competed in a
Pumpkin Chunkin’ event in Hayesville.
- All middle and high school math teachers attended the state math conference to
investigate the changes in the math curriculum
- Several teams from GCS participated in the Bowling for Kid’s Sake fundraiser
for the Big/Brother/Big Sister program.
- 7th and 8th grade students toured UNCA campus with the
GEAR UP grant program to give them an opportunity to explore a college campus.
of Caring - RMS
participated in a Day of Caring in October. Students assisted at Fontana, the
food bank, Hope for Families, Forest Service, the Church Mouse, read to
elementary students and helped set up for the Heroes of the Knight 5K for
Fun Festival - GCS
hosted the Family Fall Festival on October 31 with approximately 750 children
and 3,000 total attendees. 42
community, business, or school booths were set up to greet the families with
Dolly Parton Imagination Library - GREAT
has been awarded $4,000 for the Imagination Library Project by the 2016 Catholic
Charities Growing Opportunities Small Grant awards program. DPIL Numbers:
220 currently registered
Valley Center Updates
outside restroom is under construction near the playground in Stecoah.
is currently a waiting list for after school programs at Stecoah Valley Center.
STARS performance of The Wizard of OZ will be Nov. 19 at 5:30 followed by a pot
luck dinner at the Stecoah Valley Center.
Artisan’s Drive About will be held Nov. 25 and 26.
with Santa at Stecoah Valley Center will be Dec. 3 along with
“Christmas in the Mountains,” an indoor arts show and a great place for
local Christmas shopping.
Health and Social Committee Report
Center - We have been working
with the Senior Center to help reduce the impact of accidents and falls on our
senior citizens by offering the program A
Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls at the Senior Center to
start Nov. 14th. We have 12 signed up for the program.
Development - We have two
Diabetes Lifestyle Coaches who are going to be attending the 9th
Annual World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and Its Complications in
Prevention Program - Our
current Diabetes Prevention Program will complete their year-long classes in
December. We are also working with the Senior Center to teach the Diabetes
Prevention and a Diabetes Education class, both to begin at the Senior Center in
Education and Empowerment Program - Our
first group has completed the Diabetes Education and Empowerment Program,
although we only had two participants they reported that the class was
beneficial and that they had learned more than they thought they would. We have
a current class with three participants and have had a request to start a new
class beginning Monday, Nov. 14th.
and Wellness Fair -The Health
Department is planning to hold a Health and Wellness Fair again this year, last
year’s was successful, and we want this year to be even bigger with more
vendors, demonstrations, and activities.
· PlayPrints - We are still waiting on PlayPrints to come and the Health Department is still working on implementing Faithful Families, an Eat Smart, Move More Faith based program for congregations; and working on a Work Site Wellness program outside of the Health Dept. in conjunction with Mountain Wise.
and Mountain Culture Committee
· Graham County Map Asset Project – Work continues on the Asset Map Project with first round of revisions being submitted. Anticipated completion time is early January 2017.
Emerging Opportunities Grant – Work continues on the Destination Branding
Identity project funded by the Appalachian Region Commission. Community Imaging
Workshops will be held during November 15-17.
Natural Resources and Water Quality Committee
of Joyce Kilmer
committee members spent 174 personnel hours rehabilitating the Civilian
Conservation Corp Trail and overlook across from the Massey Branch boat launch.
Work consisted of cleaning, patching and sealing the paved trail, replacing the
flooring and rails of the observation deck and clearing the observation deck
view. More tree clearing, signage improvements, and additional trail sealing
work will be completed in the near future.
and/or guided multiple hikes on county trails.
volunteer assistance for the 27 participants of the father/daughter day at Joyce
of Joyce Kilmer reported a total of 1454 hours this year on trail projects in
- The October semi-annual roadside clean sweep netted 61 bags of litter off of
Benton-MacKaye Trail Association reported a total of 2080 hours this year
clearing and improving trails in the county.
The Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards spent 136 hours clearing 24
downfalls on the Naked Ground Trail.
Two volunteers put in 10 hours clearing brush on 2 miles of the Belding Trail.
Revitalization and Infrastructure Committee
· Internet Access Project –Deployment of fiber by BalsamWest is progressing. Anticipated completion date is end of November 2016. The Graham County Internet Access project is funded by the Appalachian Region Commission (ARC) for increased internet access to serve the Tapoco/Meadow Branch area of the county.
Leadership and Government Committee
Graham County Leadership Training Project - The
second session of the Leadership Project was held on October 26, 2016 at Stecoah
Valley Center with twenty-six participants in attendance. The
project is a collaborative effort with the Graham County Extension Office and
Tri-County Community College and the Southwestern Commission to provide
leadership training sessions for Graham County residents and students. Session
III will be held during the first quarter of 2017.