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Barriers to Fair Housing Choice Report

As part of the GroWNC effort, the Land-of-Sky Regional Council partnered with the City of Asheville and the Asheville Regional Housing Consortium to develop an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice across the five counties included in the GroWNC region. Such... read more »

Waste Reduction Partners

Waste Reduction Partners, a team of highly experienced volunteer and retired engineers and scientists, provides North Carolina businesses, industries, and institutions with waste, water, and energy reduction assessments and technical assistance. The WRP team conducts on-site... read more »

WNC AgriVentures

WNC AgriVentures is a GroWNC implementation project centered on the agricultural and nature-based sector, a high-potential industry cluster in the region. GroWNC workgroups have identified this sector as a priority for regional economic development, with potential for growth in numerous... read more »

Industrial Lands Analysis

In order to ensure that a quality supply of development-ready sites throughout the region are identified, the GroWNC process includes an Industrial Lands Analysis. This process began with a land use modeling exercise that helped to identify available, suitable parcels throughout... read more »

Appalachian Community Capital Initiative

In June 2013, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced the creation of Appalachian Community Capital (ACC), a new central bank for development lenders that will increase the availability of capital to small businesses in the 13-state Appalachian Region.... read more »

About GroWNC

GroWNC is a three-year project to develop a framework of voluntary, locally-implemented, market-based solutions and strategies in a five-county area of Western North Carolina—Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania Counties—to ensure that as the region continues to grow, the effects of this growth have a positive impact on the region and communities.

It is funded by a $1.6 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban (HUD) through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The Land-of-Sky Regional Council serves as the grant administrator and coordinating agency for this planning effort.

Creating a Regional Plan

The GroWNC planning process provides the platform for local governments, businesses, non-profits, citizens, and others to realize unprecedented regional coordination on jobs, energy, housing, transportation, resources, and other interconnected issues. This fosters more prosperous communities through new quality jobs, smart infrastructure investments, diverse economic development strategies, and critical resource protection.

Through GroWNC, the region has a clearly-defined framework and set of implementation strategies to develop the policies and investments necessary to sustain and enhance the economy and quality of life in our mountain communities.

For more information about the GroWNC planning process, visit the GroWNC website.

Ideas to Actions

Regional prosperity depends on the involvement and commitment of a variety of public, private, and non-profit entities. Just as each community is unique, the approach to achieving the regional vision may differ from place to place.

This is the first time information has been synthesized at the five-county level to develop a set of sound, voluntary, implementable recommendations and strategies that connect the region’s vision with the policies, programs, projects, and plans needed at local and state levels to achieve that future.

The proposed recommendations and strategies provide a decision-making framework to turn ideas generated through this process into actions.

To search the strategies, visit the Strategies page.