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Land of Sky Regional Council's 2023 Annual Report is now available!

Racial Disparities in our Region

Racial Disparity in the Land of Sky Region Report 2023

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.

Medicaid Expansion 

North Carolina is providing health care coverage to more people through Medicaid. Click here for Questions and Answers.


  • Join us for the WNC Regional Housing Forum on August 9th, where we'll discuss the latest trends in housing. Blue Ridge Community College, 8:30 am - 3 pm. Register here. 

  • EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES - Land of Sky Regional Council is seekin qualified individuals for the position of Volunteer Program Manager - Caregiver, Cherokee Indian Hospital Peer Support Specialist, and Transportation Planner I. Click here for more information.  

  • MOUNTAIN AREA COMPREHENSIVE FOUR-YEAR WIOA PLAN 2024 - 2028 In North Carolina, annually, each Local Area WDB, in consultation with the chief local elected official, is to provide updates to the Comprehensive Four-Year Plan. The WIOA Program Year (PY) 2024 Plan is to provide current information and be effective July 1, 2024-June 30, 2028. The Local Area Plan will support the alignment strategy described in the 2024-2028 NC Unified State Plan in accordance with WIOA Section 102(b)(1)(E), and otherwise be consistent with the NC Unified State Plan. Please send comments to Melissa@landofsky.org by April 23, 2024. WIOA Plan 2024-2028 

  • Land of Sky Regional Council Board of Delegates unanimously passed a resolution at their February 28 meeting to support the extension of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Full Press Release 

  • Land of Sky Regional Council celebrates Black History Month by recognizing our Executive Committee members Town of Fletcher Mayor Preston Blakely and City of Asheville Vice Mayor Sandra Kilgore. We appreciate their leadership and dedicated service on behalf of their local governments, the Council and our region.

  • The Western North Carolina (WNC) Passenger Rail Feasibility Study (the study) provides conceptual level capital costs, operating costs, and a range of ridership and revenue associated with a new intercity passenger service connecting Asheville, N.C. with passenger rail services in Salisbury, N.C. The Asheville-to-Salisbury service would operate along the Norfolk Southern (NS) AS-Line for approximately 139 miles.

  • Land of Sky Regional Council’s Annual Awards were conferred during the December Board of Delegates Meeting on November 29, 2023. The Robert G. Parrish, Sr. Intergovernmental Relations Award, The Charles H. Campbell Regional Leadership Award and The Robert E. Shepherd Excellence in Local Government Award were presented by the Council. In addition, there were three Extraordinary Public Leadership Awards and twelve Extraordinary Legislative Service Awards conferred this year. Press Release 

  • Land of Sky Regional Council Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS): Our Region, Our Future  - published 10/25/23 on the Development District Association of Appalachia

  • 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    
LOSRC Board Meeting August 28, 2024 12:15 - 2:00 pm