Housing Studies

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in news, Uncategorized

The Mountain West Partnership made housing a strategic priority for 2019. The region’s economic developers decided that the first step to addressing the issue was to collect data on the current situation. Working with the Southwestern Commission and Joy Strassel from the WNC Housing Partnership, all seven counties now have data identifying what the housing needs and opportunities are in their community. Those reports are available to view below: Cherokee County Housing...

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Outdoor Recreation Economy Broadcast

Posted by on Jun 27, 2019 in news

The ncIMPACT Initiative at the UNC School of Government partnered with Western Carolina University, Mountain Biz Works, UNC-TV, and Civic Federal Credit Union to highlight our region’s efforts to leverage natural resources for economic development. The broadcast, which will premiere on June 27, 2019, at 10 PM, will explore the outdoor economy in Southwestern NC by covering the economic impact of outdoor recreation, stewardship of natural resources, and strategies to...

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Healthcare and Economic Development

Posted by on Jun 27, 2019 in news

The Mountain West Partnership hosted a Healthcare and Economic Development Summit on June 5, 2019, where our regional health services partners sat down with economic development partners for a round table discussion on how these two sectors can work together to move the needle in our region.  Throughout the discussion, several themes began to emerge, including Social and Community Infrastructure, Workforce, and Wellness. The report below contains information on each of...

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Request for Interest- Broadband Infrastructure

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in news

The Town of Andrews will be installing sewer infrastructure from Junaluska Road along Pisgah and Minnow Farms Roads during a period beginning around July 2019.  As a part of this project, they have released a Request for Interest for internet service providers to indicate their potential interest in broadband infrastructure placement during construction.  The full RFI, including a map of the location, can be viewed...

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Governor Cooper Announces Nearly $10 Million to Expand Internet Access

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in news

From the office of the NC Governor: “Better internet access is coming to 19 rural, economically disadvantaged counties in North Carolina thanks to nearly $10 million in grants, Governor Roy Cooper announced today along with the NC Department of Information Technology and its Broadband Infrastructure Office. “Access to reliable, high-speed internet service is critical for businesses to grow, students to learn, and communities to thrive,” Gov. Cooper said. “These grants...

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