Assemblies 2005-2010

WNC Communities hosts Regional, Agricultural and Community Assemblies that provide area leaders with a means of identifying common issues, exchanging best practices, networking and sharing educational information within our region.

September 2010:   Stakeholders Update on the WNC Regional Livestock Center
Update on the progress with the construction of the WNC RLC and the the education component (BQA) impact for our region.

August 2010:  Community Best Practices Assemblies

Presentations from:
Edneyville on Motivating Your Community Members
Spring Mountain on Health & Wellness Programs
Pigeon on “Love Builds Bridges” an Intergenerational Project

April 2010:  Governor’s 2010 Agenda for North Carolina
Deputy Secretary of the NC Department of Commerce, Dale Carroll addressed the Governor’s Agenda for NC focusing on jobs & economic recovery, education, keeping communities safe and State Government.

August 2009:  Community Best Practices Assemblies

Presentations from:
Bethel on Community Emergency Response Teams
Big Cove on Developing Future Leaders; Encouraging the Youth in your Community
Big Ivy on Revenue Streams for your Community
Crabtree Iron Duff Hyder Mountain on How to Market your Community

June 2009:  Importance of Small Business in Western North Carolina
Congressman Heath Shuler discussed the important impact of small businesses to our mountain economy

April 2009:  Update from Washington
Senator Richard Burr provided an update on health care, education and the economy

July & August 2008:  Community Best Practices Assemblies

Presentations from:
Bethel on Farmland Preservation
Center on Success with Tutoring Youth
Cowee on Heritage of Cowee-West’s Mill Historic District
Topton on Marketing the Talents of Community Members
Pigeon on Importance of Diversity in Your Community
Spring Creek on Economic Development of an Old Rock School

June 2008:  The Climate is Right for Asheville
Dr. Gregory Wilson with the Scientific Research Corporation’s new Asheville Operations Office gave a presentation on the impact climate is having on economic development in our region.

April 2008:  Biodiversity, Tradition & Science: A Recipe for Success
Cheryl McMurry, Director of Bent Creek Institute and the Western Office of the NC Biotechnology Center gave an enlightening presentation on the importance of biodiversity to our region.

March 2008:  The Progress of Agriculture
(Farmland Preservation & Draught Conditions)
NC Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Troxler provided a progress report of agriculture in North Carolina, focusing on two issues of largest importance to western North Carolina, farmland preservation and draught.

August 2007:  Update on Capitol Hill
Congressman Heath Shuler provided an update on several key issues in Washington.

June 2007:  Annual Meeting & Keynote Speaker, K. Ray Bailey
K. Ray Bailey provided us with an overview of A-B Tech’s recent accomplishments and partnerships to further education in the mountains of North Carolina.

April 2007:  Overview of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
Penn Dameron, Executive Director for the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area will provided us with an overview of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and how they are impacting our communities.

August 2006:  Pandemic Influenza is Everybody’s Business
Dr. Martha Salyers, the Team Leader for Public Health Regional Surveillance Team Six was our keynote speaker on this relevant topic.

May 2006:  Community Development and Small Town Initiatives
Robin Pulver, Vice President of Community & Human Resource Development with the NC Rural Center was our keynote speaker. For your copy of the Small Towns Resource Directory, Small Towns Fact Book and the NC Small Towns Initiative, call our office.

June 2005:  The Hub Project
Guest speakers Gordon Myers Chairman of Advantage West and Jack Cecil, President of Biltmore Farms addressed details on this economic process.

March 2005:  Regional Assembly with Congressman Charles Taylor as the keynote speaker