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Erica Anderson
Director of Economic and Community Development

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GroWNC is a three-year project to develop a framework of voluntary, locally-implemented, market-based solutions and strategies in a five-county area of Western North Carolina—Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania Counties—to ensure that as the region continues to grow, the effects of this growth have a positive impact on the region and communities.

It is funded by a $1.6 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban (HUD) through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The Land of Sky Regional Council serves as the grant administrator and coordinating agency for this planning effort.

Creating a Regional Plan

The GroWNC planning process provides the platform for local governments, businesses, non-profits, citizens, and others to realize unprecedented regional coordination on jobs, energy, housing, transportation, resources, and other interconnected issues. This fosters more prosperous communities through new quality jobs, smart infrastructure investments, diverse economic development strategies, and critical resource protection.

Through GroWNC, the region has a clearly-defined framework and set of implementation strategies to develop the policies and investments necessary to sustain and enhance the economy and quality of life in our mountain communities.


Ideas to Actions

Regional prosperity depends on the involvement and commitment of a variety of public, private, and non-profit entities. Just as each community is unique, the approach to achieving the regional vision may differ from place to place.

This is the first time information has been synthesized at the five-county level to develop a set of sound, voluntary, implementable recommendations and strategies that connect the region’s vision with the policies, programs, projects, and plans needed at local and state levels to achieve that future.

The proposed recommendations and strategies provide a decision-making framework to turn ideas generated through this process into actions.




GroWNC comes to Madison County