8/25/2011 - Two Western NC Councils receive awards
by Blue Ridge Now.com
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA gets some national attention - AGAIN!!
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Two Western North Carolina Regional Councils, the Southwestern Commission in Sylva and Land-of-Sky Regional Council in Asheville, have received a 2011 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation for their work with WNC Communities to help develop and construct the new WNC Regional Livestock Center.
In recent years, some 3,000 area producers and family farmers insisted a long-term, viable market was needed to serve our 19-county mountain region. Southwestern NC Commission and Land-of-Sky Regional Council were at the forefront of the collaboration needed to make this project possible with a result of obtaining $3.1 million dollars to support the project budget. Their efforts assisted in making grant funds available for this project from the following; NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, The Golden LEAF Foundation, NC Rural Economic Development Center, Appalachian Regional Commission and NC Agricultural Development Farmland Preservation Trust Fund.
The WNC Regional Livestock Center opened March 2011 with tremendous success having sold over 4,000 head of livestock for an estimated $4 million in the first eight weeks.