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Better Outreach for Better Planning: Thompson

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This presentation was delivered at NADO's 2018 Annual Training Conference, held in Charlotte, NC on October 13-16. For more information, visit: https://www.nado.org/events/2018-annual-training-conference/

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Better Outreach for Better Planning: Thompson

  1. 1. NADO’s 2018 Annual Training Conference: Better Outreach for Better Planning Sarah Thompson Executive Director of the Southwestern Commission
  2. 2. Our Region
  3. 3. The Region’s Assets
  4. 4. “Neighborism”
  5. 5. CEDS Steering Committee • 7 Economic Development Directors • 5 Education Representatives • 4 Commission staff from different departments • 3 Private Sector • 3 High School Students • 2 Department of Transportation • 2 Non-Profit Sector • 1 State Partner • 1 Elected Official • 1 Town Manager
  6. 6. Aging Population County Population Percentage of Population over the Age of 60 Cherokee 27,444 36% Clay 10,587 37% Graham 8,861 30% Haywood 59,036 32% Jackson 40,271 25% (WCU) Macon 33,392 35% Swain 13,981 26%
  7. 7. Some Good News
  8. 8. Engaging the Next Generation “It was relieving to see people discussing how to better our communities treating each other with so much respect even when they had a difference of opinion. I think the biggest challenges facing our community in the next 5 years are the creation of jobs to help young people in the area and access to more affordable housing” Holly Miller 10th grader Smoky Mountain High School
  9. 9. Ongoing Engagement

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