Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team
Committee Reports - September 21, 2017
and Workforce Development Committee
Brothers Big Sisters
Katrina Nelms is the new Big Brothers Big Sisters Coordinator for Graham
County. This program is in
desperate need of adult volunteers. There are currently 20 elementary students
on a waiting list for a mentor. All that is required is that you spend one hour
per week on campus with your designated student.
The Carpentry classes continue to make progress on Millcreek House #3.
Currently, students are installing hardwood flooring.
Graham County Schools is currently implementing a Golden Leaf grant in the
amount of $173,000 to expand the Chromebook Initiative to grades 4 8.
This implementation will provide Chromebook access for all students in
grades 4 12.
Day of Caring
- All high school students and faculty were involved in performing community
service activities throughout the Graham County on Monday, September 18 during
its annual Day of Caring.
The Fall Festival will be held on October 31, 2017, from 6 8 p.m. at RHS.
This years goal is to have 50 booths. If you are interested in participating,
please contact Angela Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We expect approximately 800 kids to attend this event.
Library Project Duke
Energy has provided funds for the construction and installation of four free
library exchange boxes. The project is a take a book, return a book free
book exchange. A major goal of the project is to improve reading comprehension
of children and adults by increasing their access to books.
Dolly Parton Imagination Library
197 currently registered
Health and Social Committee Report
UP Diabetes Coalition The Coalition met
in June with representation from 10 agencies. Plans for diabetes education and
classes were discussed.
County Health Department Fair The Fair
was very successful this year with over 30 vendors and over 200 visitors.
The GCHD gave out approx. 170+ bags filled with information related to all
programs and 150 hot dogs and bottles of water to visitors. A number of
vendors expressed interest in returning to the event in 2018, and several who
were unable to attend this year, expressed interest in future events.
North Carolina Grant A
$3,000 grant provided by the NC Recreation and Parks Association continues to
provide vegetables and fruit grown at Robbinsville's Stoney Hollow Farm to needy
families. The County Health Department and the Graham Food Distribution
Association will be gifting vouchers to needy families. The grant will allow 40
vouchers for $15 of free food and vegetables each for five months!
Tourism and Mountain Culture Committee
Solar Eclipse Events
Several locations had eclipse events on August 21. Locations included Stecoah
Valley Center, Fontana Village and Tapoco Lodge. The
Stecoah Valley Center site was supported by GREAT and was recognized as an
official NASA viewing site. NASA provided eclipse glasses and packets of
information for about 400 guests that viewed the eclipse. The SVC site provided
a live NASA feed, several telescope viewing stations, a large screened
television with hook up to Dr. Jim Bakers telescope, food and live music. The
Center welcomed visitors from Italy, Mexico, Canada, Spain, California,
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
Wayfinding Signage Project
A committee is being organized to develop a plan that would provide high quality
and quantity of signage directing residents and tourists to attractions, points
of interest and local businesses to enhance the tourism economy in Graham County
and its towns. This is a collaborative effort with NC Department of Commerce, NC
Department of Transportation and Graham County agencies.
Natural Resources, Recreation and Water Quality
the committee met on September 14, 2017.
Work continues on upgrading and maintaining the trail. Current plans include
partnership with USFS on NC Recreation Trails program grant proposal to get Ό
mile trail re-paved. New signage for the trail will be installed when USFS folks
return from extended firefighting assignments out of state.
plans are to coordinate activities with NCDOT during the October statewide
road litter campaign.
of Joyce Kilmer A
workday is scheduled for Saturday, September 04 at 9am at the Joyce Kilmer
scheduled for November 2, 2017 at 10 am at the Cheoah Ranger District
and Infrastructure Committee
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.