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Community Meetings Round 2

Choose Your Future. Tell Your Story.

Join us for the final round of Community Meetings. Select your ideal scenario while working with your friends and neighbors to create a pattern for the future.

Dates and Locations: All events are drop-in workshops – stop by
anytime from 1-3 or 4-6 and stay as long as you like.

November 8 - Buncombe County – US Cellular Center (Civic Center) - Flyer - Directions
November 13 - Transylvania County – Transylvania County Library - Flyer - Directions
November 15 - Hendersonville – Blue Ridge Community College - Flyer - Directions
November 29 - Haywood County – USDA Center - Flyer - Directions
December 6 - Madison County – Madison County Extension Office - Flyer - Directions

Can't join us in person for Round 2 of the WNC Community Meetings? Concurrent with the meetings, we will be providing a web-based version of the meeting so you can review materials and provide your input. Check back at our website for updates, or sign up for our mailing list to receive a notice when the web-based meeting is available.

Community Meetings

Thank you for your interest in the GroWNC Community Meeting! If you made it to one of our meetings and wanted a copy of the information presented, this is the place for you. If you missed a meeting, you're still on the right track, but might need a quick overview of what we're doing.  

All of the materials listed here were presented at 'road stops' in our Community Meeting - places where you, the community member, took a few moments to see what was going on. The work presented was created by folks in your community participating in one of eight different workgroups, as well as some professional insight from consultants working on this project. Folks visiting the meeting were asked to give their opinions and feedback to what was presented. From there, we take that feedback and put it back into the process, present it to the Steering Committee and begin work on putting together different scenarios or models for the future. At our second round of Community Meetings in the fall, we'll ask you to stop back by and give final feedback and prioritize the options before you.  What you say and pick for the future will then be shared in a regional vision and strategies with our local government officials.  

If you're thinking we missed someone, we agree. That's why we'd like to make sure you know that you can host your own Community Meeting - take it on the road, so to speak - with a Community Road Trip (see below). Grab some friends and neighbors and download the meeting Tool Kit. It's a quick, easy way to share what you think and contribute to creating our future.  If you get stuck, call us (828-251-6622). We'll be glad to walk you through it.

A preliminary report on the feedback received at the Community Meetings is available here.


Economic Development




Land Use

Natural Resources

Cultural Resources



Community Road TripRoad Trip

GroWNC is focused on economic competitiveness and job creation for our region. Over the course of a year, the GroWNC project team, Consortium, Steering Committee, and Workgroups are listening to community input, carefully examining existing plans, and presenting models to the region that will demonstrate and define what our future looks like.  At a series of community meetings, residents of the region will be asked about their goals for the future of our community and to identify strategies, actions and early implementation projects that should be brought forward for final recommendation to the Steering Committee, LOS Board, and participating member governments and organizations.   

That’s where you come in! We need your input and your thoughts and opinions in order to create a plan that encourages the following:

• quality jobs
• new investment in this region
• diverse economic development strategies
• quality housing options
• efficient transportation systems
• energy and financial savings
• healthier people and communities
• better use of natural and cultural resources

What you share in this Road Trip conversation will be a key part of the larger planning process and the strategies presented at the end of the year.

You can conduct this Interactive Meeting you’re your friends and neighbors, coworkers, or with an organization to which you belong. Prefer to provide input on your own? You can do so with our individual survey here. To make sure you don't miss any updates, sign up for the GroWNC newsletter and we'll keep you posted!

Thank you for your help!

GroWNC Overview
GroWNC Community Road Trip - Tools for the Road

Grants Available!
Application Period Extended: The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, June 22!
GroWNC has funding available for interested, qualified applicants who can assist with public outreach. Individuals and organizations with experience conducting community meeting are invited to apply.
GroWNC Grant Announcement
Community Road Trip Materials
GroWNC Grant Application

Updated Grant Information - We have received some questions about the timing of the meetings and the requirement to conduct them by the end of July. Our goal is to have these meetings conducted by the end of July so that we can incorporate the input into the next steps of the process. If you would like to propose a slightly later date for submitting the meeting results, please give a target date when the input will be submitted and a brief (one sentence) explanation of why you would like additional time for conducting the meetings.