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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

EA4.1: Use Child Watch Tour model to raise awareness about various issues. Read more »
BE4.3: Create a regional activity passport to increase coordination among and attendance to existing tourist destinations. Read more »
BE3.6: Track attendance at outdoor cultural events and incorporate into metrics such as the Creative Vitality Index. Read more »
EA2.1: Identify strategies in the GroWNC online tool that have measurable outcomes. Establish baselines and a schedule for measuring progress. Periodically update workbook with case studies that include local examples. Read more »
EA3.1: Establish a regular innovation forum for local governments to share ideas, network, and learn from each other. Read more »