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Cultural Resources

When asked about what makes the region special, many people will point to the mountain peaks, the trout streams and the stunning views. While the natural assets are unparalleled, it is also the traditions—the culture of the people—that set this region apart. For generations the mountains isolated residents of the five counties from other communities. However, from this isolation grew a resilient and self-sufficient spirit, a unique and thriving culture.

Existing plans, data, and studies were collected, analyzed, and synthesized into an Existing Conditions Report for each topic. Here is a link to the Cultural Resources Chapter if you’d like to read more. Workgroups were formed around each topic area to review existing conditions, identify issues and goals, and recommend strategies. To learn more about the background of this topic, read the Existing Conditions Report and review the workgroup’s meeting notes and related information on the workgroup’s webpage. The goals identified by all the workgroups are listed in the GroWNC Regional Plan on pages 29-37.

Barn Quilt Loop Trail Marker at the Spring Creek Community Center in Madison County | Image Credit: Land-of-Sky Regional Council

Sample Strategies

EA4.2: Provide workshops and training opportunities to economic and community developers, neighborhood associations, and local government staff, regarding the Asset-Based Approach to community development. Read more »
BE3.1: Integrate arts and culture as a strategic advantage for the WNC region and essential to community, economic, and business development, encouraging arts-based development and enterprises. Read more »
BE3.4: Continue to develop the WNC Cultural Alliance to create a unified voice for the cultural resources community in WNC through a variety of activities. Read more »
EA1.1: Form a committee of committed stakeholders to oversee implementation of GroWNC recommendations and strategies. Read more »
EA3.2: Create a mentor program between local government officials around the region to encourage cooperation and interregional coordination. Read more »