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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

BE3.7: Improve advocacy for cultural resources to ensure that community leaders and decision makers value and support cultural resources as a key industry cluster. Read more »
EA3.1: Establish a regular innovation forum for local governments to share ideas, network, and learn from each other. Read more »
BE3.2: Develop a brand for the region’s arts, cultural, and heritage resources. Read more »
RC6.3: Develop programs and materials about the arts, cultural and natural resources, and history of the region to gain an appreciation of its unique assets. Read more »
BE2.3: Establish business incubators focused on green technologies, creative culture, and other targeted industries. Read more »