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A $ 3 million investment in WNC’s outdoor economy


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WNC’s already impressive outdoor economy has just received a big boost – around the top $ 3 million.

Last week that Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced that it will Provision of $ 1.35 million to Support the outdoor-oriented community + economic development in 25 WNC counties, as well as Qualla border. And a Collection of regional partners – including Mountain BizWorks, the Dogwood Health Trust, and Western Carolina University – are committed to an additional $ 1.64 million.

The goal? to generate 325 new outdoor record jobs and $ 18.1 million in new investments for the outdoor economy in the region in the next 3 years. Corresponding ARC leadershipwho has org increased his focus about the outdoor record industry in Appalachia as a way to build the economy in areas covered by the Coal industry downturn.

And after a 2017 report, WNC is already roping in $ 4.84 billion in consumer spending on outdoor records annually, so we’re excited to see how these new investments play out help speed up the state exists $ 28 billion Outdoor economy.

The project is organized around 3 consecutive pillars. Let’s take a look at them:

  1. Creating one Outdoor economic development and investment approach for each district in WNC, as well as the Qualla border.
  2. A Expansion plan for the outdoor industry which helps these companies capitalize on the new demand by Elevated access to Capital, peer mentoring, training, human resource development services, and other support.
  3. A branding and marketing campaign that positions WNC as the Outdoor industrial hub of the east, which will help drive the region’s market access.

Cool right? And you don’t just have to be amazed from the sidelines. Participate in this new effort through regional partnership Made by mountains.

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