Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team
Committee Reports - November 12, 2015
and Workforce Development Committee
County Schools participated in a District Professional Development Day on
October 30, 2015, at Cherokee Central Schools.
Eight counties were represented at this event. GCS Resource Officers,
Dennis Crisp and Jeff Knight, and Safe Schools’ Coordinator, Robert Moody,
juniors and seniors have had the opportunity to participate in college trips
These visits included UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, Wake Forest, Duke, Berea College, Tri-County Community College, and Southwestern Community College.
Up has provided the opportunity for 5th grade RES students to visit
Tri-County Community College this fall.
Graham County Family Fun Festival was a success. Approximately 660 children
visited this event.
Neon Knight 5K was a success with approximately 140 participants and 10
community sponsors. All proceeds from this event go to help with Special
Olympics which will be held in Graham County in 2016.
is Native American Heritage Month and all three schools have special events
planned throughout the month.
dedication ceremony for the Outdoor Classroom on the RHS campus was held on
November 5, 2015. Approximately 35 people attended this event.
Stecoah Valley After-School Program has 44 students currently enrolled through
either the AMP (previous called JAM) program, the STARS program or for
after-school tutoring and homework help. The AMP (Appalachian Musical Program)
will be having a recital on December 8, 2015 at 5 p.m. at the SVC. The STARS
program will be presenting the play, “Cindabella” on November 19, 2015 at 5
p.m. at the SVC.
Dolly Parton Imagination Library - DPIL Numbers:
279 currently registered
Halloween Fall Festival Registrations: 35 new
registrations 19 of which were 1 year old or younger
and Mountain Culture Committee
Request for Qualifications
has been developed for proposals to implement components of the Graham County
Strategic Tourism Plan with funding in the amount of $7,500 already in place.
An Emerging Opportunities
Grant proposal has been submitted in the amount of $20,000.
A team from Graham County
will be attending the Appalachian Gateways Communities Workshop in December,
2015 to develop plans for continuation of Tourism Plan implementation.
Natural Resources and Water Quality Committee
Lake clean-up - The Smoky Mountain Hiking Club, the TVA, and GREAT removed
several tons of litter from three coves near the dam and marina. Special thanks
to Jim Mize for the use of his pontoon boat.
Santeetlah clean-up - Volunteers and Brookfield Renewables personnel removed
1800 pounds of litter from Lake Santeetlah. Special thanks to Brookfield
Renewables and Joe Bonnette for the use of their pontoon boats.
Partners of Joyce Kilmer sponsored a moonrise party at Maple Springs and guided
several hikes on various trails in the county.
volunteers spent a total of 28 hours clearing trails at King's Meadow, Hooper
Bald and Wright's Creek.
NC DOT has agreed to clear the panoramic overlook on Highway 28 near Tsali. Work
should begin shortly.
recognized volunteers at an appreciation luncheon on November 09. During FY15
there were over 12,000 volunteer hours that represented over $264,000 in donated
Clean Sweep begins this Saturday 11/14 for seven days. Materials (gloves and
trash bags) can be picked up at Stecoah Valley Center and the Robbinsville
Community Center from 9:00-10:00am Saturday morning.
clearing and litter pickup will be worked on in Nov., Dec., and Jan. Contact David Dodson at 479-7472 or
if you would like to participate.
hikes are scheduled by The Partners of Joyce Kilmer. Contact Joe Bonnette or
Dick Evans for more information.
and Infrastructure Committee
The proposal from
BalsamWest has been accepted to begin project funded by the Appalachian Region
Commission (ARC) for increased internet access to serve the Tapoco area of the
Community Revitalization Plan has been submitted to the America’s Best Communities competition sponsored by Frontier
Communications, DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather Channel. Clay, Graham, Macon and Swain County
is one of only 50 communities across the country that advanced into the
quarterfinals of the America’s Best Communities competition. A panel of expert
judges will now review the revitalization plans, and the best proposals will be
awarded additional funding in the next rounds of the competition. “The
Southwestern Commission and the GREAT organization have been great partners in
working toward improved infrastructure and community development throughout the
Frontier footprint” says Ken Maxwell, General Manager for Frontier
Communications in western NC. In January 2016, up to 15 communities will be
named semifinalists and invited to attend the America’s Best Communities
Summit, where they will present their revitalization plans. Eight communities
will then be selected to receive $100,000 to implement their plans, with the
opportunity to secure one of the grand prizes.