Economic and Community Development  

March 2014 Newsletter  
Blue Ridge Bike Plan Available

The Blue Ridge Bike Plan is a joint effort between Land of Sky and the Southwestern Commission to identify priority corridors for bicycling in the Blue Ridge mountains. Thank you to the Steering Committee and many members of the public who provided valuable input to develop the plan! Click here to download the document.   
Women and Transportation Planning

APA Transportation Planning Division is offering a free webinar: "Women and Transportation Planning: Understanding Gender Issues."  March 7, 2014, from 1:00-2:30 PM EST. Join APA for a lively discussion with planning experts on the issues faced by women in mobility around the world. What are the issues, what is working well, where are we falling short? What should our priorities be as planners?  

Great Places in North Carolina Awards

Do you love strolling down your Main Street?  Shopping, people-watching, eating, or hanging out with friends and family on a beautiful afternoon? Have you ever wanted to say "thank-you" to your favorite park, town square, or nature preserve in your community?   Now is your chance to show your love for your favorite Main Street or Public Place by nominating it for the 2014 Great Places in NC award!  Nominations due by March 24th.  Forms and information here.
Public Input

NC 280 Bicycle Corridor Study from Mills River to Brevard is underway, and the public and stakeholders are invited to provide input during the following meeting times:
  • Tuesday, March 25th 4:00 PM-7:00 PM, Mills River Town Hall, 124 Town Center Drive
  • Wednesday, March 26th, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, Community Center at 120 Schoolhouse Road
  • Thursday, March 27th 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, Mills River Town Hall, 124 Town Center Drive
The study is made possible through funding allocated by the Land-of-Sky RPO and the French Broad River MPO, with a local match provided by the Town of Mills River.  For more information about the meeting, contact Blake Sanders,
Manufacturers Zero Waste Conference

Waste Reduction Partners working with the Carolina Recycling Association is planning the inaugural Manufacturers Zero Waste Conference on April 1 and 2, 2014, at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. This exciting peer-sharing event will feature manufacturers from across the Carolinas sharing their experiences in the pursuit of Zero Waste to Landfill initiatives.  Learn from the leaders at BMW, Glen Raven, Daimler, ThermoFisher and others.  For more information and to register, click here:   Manufacturers Zero Waste Conference
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To help fulfil the Council's Mission, the ECD department conducts planning, economic, and community development services for our local governments and communities.  The goal of the department is to meet the needs and desires of our region now and into the future. 

Upcoming Events
and Meetings 
02/27or 28/14
Training: WNC Stormwater Partnership Pollution Prevention /
Good Housekeeping
02/27 at Haywood High Tech Center
02/28 at Land of Sky Regional Council



NCDENR Community Development Block Grant - Water/Sewer Infrastructure Program "How to Apply" Workshop - 1:00pm at Isothermal Community College, Room Seminar A, Spindale NC
MPO/RPO Training, 10:00 at Land of Sky, RSVP here
2014 Great Places in North Carolina Awards Program -
Nominate your favorite places!
Nomination forms and information here.
03/25,26,27/14 Add a description
Air Quality Status Workshop and
Press Conference
Land of Sky, RSVP here
Complete Streets Workgroup
Topic: Locally Administered Projects/STP-DA funding

Western NC Tourism Conference
Cullowhee, NC

Buncombe County Community Transportation Advisory Board Meeting, 10:00am at Land of Sky offices

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  creative regional solutions 

to relevant and emerging issues in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania counties while providing a standard of excellence in the delivery of federal, state, and regional services for our member communities.  

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