Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team

Committee Reports - July, 2018


10 Years of Making Graham County GREAT


Economic Development, Business and Industry Committee

Activities/Accomplishments: Qualla-T Customer Service and Hospitality Training; Development of Graham County Business Directory; NC Rural Center Entrepreneurship Grant ($18,000); RV Dump Station ($10,000); Toolbox Implementation Fund ($6,000); Young America Recreation Park; Park and Recreation Trust Fund ($500,000)

Education and Workforce Development Committee

Activities/Accomplishments: CFWNC Opportunity Grant with Graham County Schools ($6,900); NC Dropout Prevention Grant ($300,000); 2008 21st Century Afterschool Program ($1,200,000); Dolly Parton Imagination Library ($7,100 + 12,699 + 5,940 + 7,785 + 4,918 + 6,382 + 10,372 + 4,965 + 5,557 (2017-18)); Graham County Schools 21st CCLC 2010 Summer Program ($150,000); Alcoa Foundation Project ESTEME (Engaging in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education ($28,050); North Carolina Energy Office AARA Funds ($199,380); Golden Leaf Community Assistance Initiative Technology Project ($175,000); Alcoa Foundation STEM Project ($26,834); NC Department of Health and Human Services PREPare for Success/Teen Outreach Program ($300,000); Massey Branch Fitness Trail by RHS Technology Construction Class; Alcoa Foundation GCS STEM Project II ($20,165); ARC/NC REAL Grant ($33,333); 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant ($1,360,000); Community Foundation of NC IL Project ($520); Office of Economic Opportunity/CSS IL Project ($4,000); ARC Laptop Program ($130,103); Toolbox Implementation Fund RHS Greenway ($14,286); Alcoa Foundation RHS Greenway ($10,000); Cherokee Preservation Foundation/RTCAR ($23,650); NC Department of Health and Human Services ($107,200); GEAR UP Project; GCS Greenway Project ($18,614); BRNHA GCS Greenway Project ($13,050); Cherokee Preservation Foundation/RTCAR RHS Sweetwater Project Phase II ($9,900); Catholic Charities Growing Opportunities Small Grant ($4,000); Duke Energy FREE Library Project ($800); Cherokee Preservation Foundation/RTCAR ($16,500)

21st CCLC Afterschool Programs: $2,560,000

Dolly Parton Imagination Library: $74,238

ALCOA STEM Projects: $75,049

RHS Greenway/Outdoor Classroom/Sweetwater Creek Projects: $106,000

Health and Social Committee

Activities/Accomplishments: Fit Communities Playground Grant ($60,000); School Based Health Center ($75,000); NC Glaxo Smith Kline Foundation - Ribbon of Hope ($25,000); Access to Health Care NC Department of Commerce: HealthNet ($65,000); Access to Health Care ARC ($52,300); Janirve Foundation ($25,000); HealthNet ($87,000); Marshall University/Bristol Myers-Squibb Foundation STEP UP Diabetes Coalition ($160,000); NC Safe and Drug Free Coalition ($30,000);NC Division of Public Health School Health Center Program ($131,520); HealthNet ($74,000); Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust ($199,798); Winston-Salem Foundation ($142,000); Brookfield Renewable Energy Food Insecurity ($26,000); Graham Food Distribution Project; NCDHHS Project REACH ($737,500); Nourishing North Carolina Grant ($3,100); Marshall University ($2,000)

SBHC/Student Mental Health Services: $876,618

Diabetes Coalition: $160,000

Leadership and Government Committee

Activities/Accomplishments: Leadership Training ($18,250); Brushy Fork Annual Institute Training; Knights of the Round Table - Cherokee Preservation Foundation Grant ($15,000); Office of Economic Opportunity/CSS Leadership Program ($4,000); Knights of the Round Table NC Rural Center New Generation Leaders Program ($20,000); Region A Commission Opt-In Implementation Fund Graham County Leadership Project ($4,200)

Graham County Citizen/Student Leadership Training: $61,450

Natural Resources, Recreation and Water Quality Committee

Activities/Accomplishments: Conservation Field Day; Graham County Clean Sweep Project; Partners of Joyce Kilmer National Forest Foundation ($18,000); NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources Recycling Initiative ($71,936); Partners of Joyce Kilmer Wilderness Ranger ($7,600); Lake Santeetlah Water Quality Forum; DENR Recycling Grant ($51,505); Partners of Joyce Kilmer Summer Worker ($2,500); Partners of Joyce Kilmer Summer Worker ($5,000); USFS Trail Maintenance Projects; Partners of Joyce Kilmer Summer Worker ($3,500); USFS Recreational Trails Project; MountainWise Joyce Kilmer Sign ($1,500); CCC Camp Trail Restoration Project

Recycling Initiative: $123,441

Volunteer Service

Revitalization and Infrastructure Committee

Activities/Accomplishments: Verizon and e-NC Authority Grant for DSL ($257,000); NC STEP Program ($125,000); CFWNC Next Step Grant Fund ($12,000); NC Rural Center Economic Innovation Program ($50,000); NC Rural Center Building Reuse and Restoration Program ($25,000); Golden LEAF Foundation UNC-Chapel Hill/Center for Sustainable Community Design ($44,888); Appalachian Regional Commission Telecommunications Study Project ($15,400); Toolbox Implementation Fund Comprehensive Planning ($20,000); DNet Wireless Internet Project Wachacha Bald ($80,000); Streetscape Amenities ($16,450); Asheville Design Center Community Workshops ($44,090); Toolbox Implementation Fund Robbinsville Pedestrian Connectivity Project ($14,286); Frontier Internet Access ($227,775); NCDOT Sidewalk Bridge Project ($140,000); Community Transformation Grant Santeetlah Bike Trail ($5,860); US 129 Rodney Orr Bypass Streetscape ($600,000); ARC Telecom Project ($225,000); Region A Broadband Initiative

Technology Enhancements: $805,175

Downtown Revitalization/Streetscape: $1,066,714

Tourism and Mountain Culture Committee

Activities/Accomplishments: Graham County Heritage Center Initiative; Graham County Birding Initiative/Ecotourism Series; Quilt Trail for Graham County; Eco-Tourism Study; Golden Leaf Community Assistance Initiative Stecoah Valley Center ($55,000); Eastern Carolina University Visitor Tourism Project; Shape Note Singing Convention; Toolbox Implementation Fund Strategic Tourism Plan ($14,286); Appalachian Gateway Communities Grant ($9,375); Proctor Revival Project; Graham County Asset Map Project ($15,000); Stecoah Valley Center Conceptual Master Plan and Site Design Project ($22,553); ARC Tourism Strategic Plan Implementation Project ($25,000); Percy B. Ferebee Foundation Stecoah Play Park Project ($5,000); Frontier Americas Best Communities Project ($50,000); MountainWise Wayfinding Project ($10,000)

Strategic Tourism Plan/Destination Indentity & Branding Project: $73,661

GREAT Organization

Activities/Accomplishments: 2009 Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation ($35,000); Graham County Commissioners endorsed GREAT Strategic Plan; Office of Economic Opportunity/CSS: Growing Opportunities Small Grants Program ($2,500); CFWNC Opportunity Grant ($7,000): Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Fund ($19,980); CFWNC Janirve Fund ($20,000); 2012 Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation ($30,000); Volunteer Service (1,787 hours/$34,114 + 895/$18,830 + 750/$16,912 + 900/$20,691 +); Cherokee Preservation Foundation Native Women Project/Fort Montgomery Project ($21,360); WNC NonProfit Pathways Capacity Building Project ($7,500); 2013 Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation ($30,000); CFWNC People in Need Grant ($20,000); Duke Energy Foundation ($2,000); 2014 Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation ($35,000); Cherokee Preservation Foundation Junaluska Museum Project ($36,476); Duke Energy Foundation ($5,000); 2017 Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation ($35,000); Duke Energy Foundation ($3,500)

Z. Smith Reynolds: $165,000

Community Foundation of WNC: $67,000

Duke Energy: $10,500

Board of Directors Volunteer Service: $106,000