Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team
Committee Reports - July, 2015
and Workforce Development Committee
2015-2016 Back to School Drive – The Back to School Supply drive will begin
this summer. Our goal is to provide school supplies for approximately 1,200
students at the beginning of the school year.
Monetary donations can be mailed to the following address:
Graham County Schools
52 Moose Branch Rd.
Robbinsville, NC 28771
· RHS Outdoor Classroom - RHS Carpentry instructor, Rick Parham, and two high school students along with several GREAT volunteers have started work on the outdoor classroom on the RHS campus.
Dolly Parton Imagination Library - DPIL Numbers:
272 currently registered
and Social Committee
· Working with WNC Healthy Impact to apply for a $1000 mini-grant to support Health Education activities in Graham County and to begin a youth centered health promotion campaign that encourages higher consumption of fruits and vegetables, increased physical activity, decreased consumption of sugary drinks and less screen time.
MountainWise, ECU, and Youth Empowered Solutions to bring additional resources
to county that support healthy, local foods in small retail stores.
Open Access Clinic at the
Health Department five days a week.
Meeting with stakeholders
on the options for expansion of medical services in the county.
Project REACH: Redefining &
Empowering Adolescent & Community Health Summary has identified three
counties for implementation of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs
to scale. This is a five year grant (July 1,
2015 – June 30, 2020) with the Office of Adolescent Health in the amount of
$999,999 annually. Project REACH covers Edgecombe, Graham, and Richmond
Tourism and Mountain Culture Committee
Meetings for presentation
the Graham County Strategic Tourism Plan with governmental agencies for review
and approval have been scheduled.
Graham County Travel and Tourism – July 30 at 5
Town of Lake Santeetlah – August 18 at 10 am
Town of Robbinsville – August 18 at 1 pm
Town of Fontana – August 18 at 5 pm
Natural Resources and Water Quality Committee
$3700 and helped install new oak trail signage on the Benton-MacKaye trail which
should reduce search and rescue for lost hikers.
hikes to scout and clear a portion of the Belding Trail.
of Wolfe Laurel Trail cleared.
Art fundraiser raised $3200.
Climb fundraiser raised $850.
Festival fundraiser raised $463.
$5000 and helped install new oak trail signage in Joyce Kilmer which should help
in reducing lost hikers and less search and rescue.
Facebook page for Partners of Joyce Kilmer.
and held 6 hikes on various trails.
Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
crews of six people worked nine days in the Snowbird and Hangover trail areas on
trail work and trail signage.
volunteers provided help on several days to Rick Parham and students in building
the outdoor classroom at Robbinsville High School. Work continues.
Revitalization and Infrastructure Committee
The GREAT Broadband Committee has revised the Appalachian Region
Commission grant for increased internet access to serve the Tapoco area of the
county. The RFP has been provided to interested internet service providers.
continues on the America’s Best
Communities competition sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network,
CoBank and The Weather Channel. The proposal submitted by Clay, Graham, Macon
and Swain counties has advanced as a team to the quarterfinals of this
innovative competition. We are among the 50
quarterfinalist communities that now have six months to complete their
revitalization plans and compete for up to an additional $3 million to bring
their ideas to life. “We are extremely excited that our four-county entry made
it to the final 50 in the America’s
Best Communities competition” said Frontier’s Western North Carolina
General Manager, Ken Maxwell. “The collaboration and shared vision in these
rural mountain communities have created great synergy to build an
economically stronger region. The partnership between The Southwest Regional
Commission and the Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team (GREAT) was
critical to develop a proposal that will make a difference for years to come in
Clay, Graham, Macon and Swain counties. We are proud to congratulate our friends
and neighbors for being recognized as one of the top 50 quarterfinalists.”