Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team
Committee Reports - March 16, 2017
and Workforce Development Committee
proposals are being finalized with Golden Leaf Foundation for purchase of
Chromebooks at Robbinsville Elementary and Robbinsville Middle Schools.
Night – Hundreds
of people enjoyed dozens of science exhibits by students and agencies on March
02 at RHS
Carpentry Program –
Work on house #3 is progressing. A new partnership with Oconaluftee Job Corp
enabled the electrical work to be completed by participants in this program.
Afterschool Program –
Children in the afterschool program will be presenting ‘Mixed Up Fairytales’
– The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and Dom DeLouise’s Hansel and
Gretel on May 04 at 5:15 pm.
Dolly Parton Imagination Library –
208 currently registered
Health and Social Committee Report
Health and Wellness Fair –
The Health Department is planning to hold a Health and Wellness Fair again this
year on June 23rd at Robbinsville High School. The Fair last year was
successful and plans are to make the 2017 fair to be even bigger with more
vendors, demonstrations, and activities.
County STEP UP Diabetes Coalition –
Plans are being made to revive the Coalition by having meetings each quarter
with the first being in June 2017.
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.
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 are held at the Senior
Center and Robins Park Apartments.
and Mountain Culture Committee
· Committee Meeting - The GREAT Tourism Committee met Feb. 9th. Discussion was held concerning the strategies, objectives, and goals for the year.
· Graham County Map Asset Project – Work is completed on the Asset Map Project with map being submitted for printed. Anticipated delivery date is the week of March 13.
Emerging Opportunities Grant – The Destination Branding Identity project
funded by the Appalachian Region Commission has been completed with the final
presentation of branding system presented by Arnett Muldrow Associates on
January 5, 2017. The project has been well received by the community and
presentations have been made to Graham County T & T, Fontana and
Robbinsville TDAs and the County Commissioners. Identity resources are available
for use by appropriate agencies in their marketing strategies.
Solar Eclipse Event -
Support and promote the upcoming solar eclipse event
on August 21 at Stecoah Valley Center. Discussion was had on ways to promote
tourism in the county for the event with possible educational speakers and
events at various places around the county leading up to the eclipse. An eclipse
committee was formed that will help where needed to pull together events and
promote the county for this event.
Local Artist Creations – Discussion
about having a scavenger hunt for
local artist creations placed around the county to get visitors to visit the
various areas and assets. Once found the visitor would register and receive a
card of authenticity telling about the artist and where located in the county.
Proctor Revival Project –
Discussion was held on the how to help promote the Proctor Revival project.
· Lighted Boat Parade - A Lighted Boat Parade was also discussed. They are very popular in other areas of the country and might be a way to bring tourism dollars into the county during off season months.
Natural Resources, Recreation and Water Quality
– the committee met on March 8, 2017 with nine present. Discussion was held
concerning the strategies, objectives, and goals for the year.
and 2017 Projects – many
accomplishments were noted and plans were made for 2017 projects.
Trail – many of objectives for the trail were met last fall. Work will resume
in late April through the summer with more tread clearing, some pavement
patching and signage. Plan to partner with USFS on NC Recreation Trails program
grant proposal to get ¼ mile trail re-paved.
overlooks appear to be in fairly good condition and additional clearing work
will not resume until next fall.
work has progressed at Maple Springs Overlook clearing and partnering with the
Partners of JK and Benton-MacKaye Trail Assoc. on damage assessments from the
recent fall wildfires.
were made to schedule the spring Clean Sweep work. Exact dates will be announced
tentative date for a Lake Santeetlah shore trash clean-up has been scheduled for
Friday, March 31.
clearing/maintenance on the Santeetlah Bike Trail will resume in May/June.
of Joyce Kilmer workday is planned for April 4th and everyone is
encouraged to volunteer.
members will continue to support the RHS Campus improvements with invasive plant
removal and native plant plantings.
Blue Ridge Bike Plan
– Review of draft routes and recommendations for the plan will be held in
Robbinsville on March 20. See handout.
Updates – Updates
were received from Graham County RecreationDirector Ronnie Williams, USFS,
Brookfield, and Partners of Joyce Kilmer.
Committee Meeting -
Next committee meeting scheduled for May 10 at 10 am at the Cheoah Ranger
and Infrastructure Committee
Internet Access Project – Deployment
of fiber by BalsamWest has been completed. 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. Next steps
include identifying an Internet Service Provider to access fiber in order
provide access to families in this section of the county.
Region A Broadband Initiative – The Southwestern Commission is coordinating an
effort to conduct a regional analysis of broadband needs. Southwestern
Commission staff and consultants will work with each county's broadband
committee to conduct the assessments.
Leadership and Government Committee
Graham County Leadership Training Project - The
Leadership Project was completed on February 23, 2017. The third session was
held at Stecoah Valley Center with twenty-six participants
in attendance. The project was
a collaborative effort with the Graham County Extension Office, Tri-County
Community College and the Southwestern Commission to provide leadership
training sessions for Graham County residents and students.