Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team
Committee Reports - September 15, 2016
Education and Workforce Development Committee
high school students were issued Chromebooks at the beginning of the school
year. RMS and RES are pursuing funding for a Chromebook grant for students in
grades 5-8 and IPad carts for grades K-4.
– completed during summer 2016 and being enjoyed by students and staff.
– council will be attending the NC Student Council Leadership seminar in
Monroe, North Carolina on October 8.
of Caring –
September 9, 2016 was the third annual “Day of Caring” at RHS. Students and
faculty spent the day giving back to our community in appreciation for all that
they do for our school system.
CCLC Program –
Graham County Schools’ 21st Century Community Learning Center will
begin after school programs on September 19, 2016 for grades 3-12.
Brothers Big Sisters Program –
Dorothy (Dottie) Cable has been hired as the coordinator for Graham County’s
Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Carpentry II students are currently building House #3. The blocks are laid,
subfloor complete, and students will begin building walls this week.
The house is located on Pate Cooper Rd. off of Mill Creek Circle.
Dolly Parton Imagination Library - DPIL Numbers:
217 currently registered
and Social Committee
PlayPrints – the PlayPrints grant we
received by Graham County Health Department last year is behind in installing,
was supposed to be in the spring, they sent an email, it should be in the next 2 months
Diabetes Prevention Program
– the second Diabetes
Prevention Program has entered into the post core phase having completed the
first part of meeting weekly for 16 weeks and are now meeting monthly. Our most
compliant attendee has now lost 42 pounds. No one has signed up for the class
that was to start this month but we do have several that are doing the DEEP
class for people who are already diabetic.
Community Health Assessment
– just completed and
submitted the Action Plans that follow up the Community Health Assessment.
Faithful Families Program – still working on
implementing Faithful Families, an Eat Smart, Move More Faith based program for
congregations. Work continues on the Work Site Wellness program 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 October.
· Emerging Opportunities Grant – funding in the amount of $20,000 has been announced by the Appalachian Region Commission for the Destination Branding Identity project.
and Mountain Culture Committee – the committee met
Thursday, Sept. 1 to review objectives and strategies. Updates on the asset map
project along with application to ARC for the Wayfinding Signage project was
provided. We are in need of new members who can be active with the group and
several names were discussed. The committee is dedicated to seeing a visitor’s
center in Graham County and will be pursuing ways to make that a reality.
Natural Resources and Water Quality Committee
An additional 27 hours of volunteer labor was used to install a river cane
barrier at Robbinsville High School.
– The Partners of Joyce Kilmer, the GREAT NRRWQ committee and the US Forest
Service have partnered to rehabilitate the historic Civilian Conservation Corp
camp paved trail and overlook across from the Cheoah District Office. To date,
seven volunteers have put in 63 hours of work cleaning and patching the .25 mile
paved trail. Rehabilitation of the overlook area will begin next week. The
Partners of Joyce Kilmer has contributed $1000 and GREAT has contributed $500 to
MacKaye Trail –
Multiple volunteers in conjunction with the Benton MacKaye Trail Association
have spent several days clearing and brush cutting sections of the Benton
MacKaye Trail in Graham county.
The Partners of Joyce Kilmer has sponsored and led multiple hikes on various
trails in the county.
and Infrastructure Committee
Internet Access Project – Final
easement documents have been received. Deployment of fiber by BalsamWest will
commence soon. 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
initial session of the Leadership Project was held on July 27, 2016 at Stecoah
Valley Center with twenty-eight 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
II will be held on October 26, 2016 at 9 am at Stecoah Valley Center. Please
register with your name and email address at the GREAT Office at (828) 479-9008
or GREAT@dnet.net by Sept. 26, 2016.