WNC Communities is dedicated to providing a unique forum for leaders in the mountain region of Western North Carolina to convene, collaborate and carry out innovative programs to improve the quality of life for rural communities and to enhance the economy of the agriculture sector.
594 Brevard Road
Asheville, NC 28806
Office: 828 • 252 • 4783
Funds for WNC Schools
WNC Communities is
launching a program to fund lighting efficiency projects for public schools in
Western North Carolina.
counties will be eligible for the program: Avery,
Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay,
Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Swain,
Transylvania, Watauga, and
The General Assembly
allocated $500,000 of TVA settlement funds in the 2014-2015 state budget for
WNC Communities to undertake this program. The effort was championed by Reps.
Nathan Ramsey and Roger West, and made possible by the sponsorship of House Speaker Thom
Tillis and Agriculture Commissioner Steve
program is being developed to ensure maximum use of funds in the most effective
way, while seeking matching and/or reimbursement funds that may be available as
additional assistance. An advisory committee of school representatives, energy
experts and others will be named to assist WNC Communities in the
implementation of a fair and equitable distribution process.
WNC communities was selected to serve the state
in this collaborative effort as the
organization is currently serving in similar successful programs with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services in the distribution of
TVA settlement funds. The organization also has a rich history of serving Western North Carolina in carrying
out numerous community service programs
over a 65-year period.