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Racial Disparities in our Region

The killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 by law enforcement officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota was inexcusable and offensive to the fundamental promise of America that all people are created equal and endowed by our Creator of certain inalienable rights.  While this heinous murder was far away from our home, we acknowledge that our region has significant racial disparities in most every aspect of our society.  On average, African American individuals in our region earn lower wages, have less educational attainment, and suffer significant health and criminal justice disparities compared to White individuals.  These disparities are unacceptable and are the result of many complex factors including, but not limited to, a history of enslavement and segregation of African Americans in our region.

See the full memo here.

CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 - Resources and Updates

Land of Sky Regional Council's office will be closed to the public beginning Friday, March 20, 2020 until further notice to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) guidance regarding COVID-19 mitigation. Click here for more information.


  • The Town of Mills River, incorporated in 2003, is seeking a qualified professional for the position of Planning Director. This is an exciting opportunity to come work for a growing municipality located just outside Pisgah National Forest. Click here for additional information.

  • Land of Sky Regional Council is seeking qualified individuals for the Senior Companion Program Manager position and Long Term Care Ombudsman. Click here for more details.

  • Mountain Area Workforce Development Board Comprehensive Four-Year Regional and Local Workforce Development Plan for Program Years 2020-24 is available for public comment beginning on Monday, May 19, 2020. Review the plan here.

  • Eric Hardy has been hired as the Woodfin Town Manager. The Weaverville Tribune Article

  • WNC without internet access - We want to know where you are able to still connect now that so many places are closed. We have developed a WiFi Lot Map that will help more folks find locations to do homework, business, and healthcare. If you have a facility that could offer this service we'd love to help with that too.

  • The Executive Committee of Land of Sky Regional Council has selected Nathan Ramsey to serve as our Council’s Executive Director. Read full announcement here.

  • The Town of Mills River is now a member of Land of Sky Regional Council.

  • Land of Sky Regional Council is seeking an experienced individual for the position of Senior Transportation Planner with primary duties serving the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization as a Principal Transportation Planner. Click here for more details.

  • Sherrye Perry, Madison County Delegate, was elected Secretary to the North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature (NCSTHL) at the recent meeting in Raleigh on October 1 and 2, 2019.  Land of Sky Regional Council congratulates Sherrye on her election and swearing in.  We look forward to having her represent our western region in a leadership capacity with NCSTHL. Click here for the full article.

  • Congratulations to the 2019 NADO Impact Award recipients! Land of Sky Regional Council received three this year: Building Regional Economic Resilience, Mountain Area Careers, Congestion Management Process (CMP)

  • Foster Grandparent Volunteers participated in a Opioid PSA produced by Buncombe County Government and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. The nationwide crisis affects people in every community. - WLOS Story, August 2, 2019

  • As part of the implementation of Land of Sky Regional Council’s Strategic Plan, we are conducting research on issues facing our region, the value of Land of Sky to local governments and regional partners, and ways the Council can help communities seize upon opportunities. We would love to hear what you think. Your feedback will help shape the Council’s future work plans and outreach efforts. The survey should take less than 5 minutes. We really appreciate your input!

  • CONTACTING LAND OF SKY - We have a new phone system and our extensions have changed. You can reach us by calling 828.251.6622, press 1 and enter the new staff extension. For all general calls, please enter extension 1103. Click here for the new staff extension listing.



Meeting / Event Date Time
Workforce Board Meeting May 26, 2020  
LOSRC Board Meeting May 27, 2020 12:45 - 2:00 pm