Part of our work is ensuring the work done by others is supported, encouraged and profitable. We take this responsibility seriously, and hope that all our Members and the members of the Cashiers area community at large succeed in their work. The Chamber has also developed and/or supports a number of community initiatives and continues to look for new opportunities and ideas. Below are just a few examples of some of the initiatives we've either started or wholly support as good work that benefits the community as a whole:
Travel & Tourism
- The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce is contracted by the Jackson County Tourism & Development Authority to operate the county's Visitor Information Center at Cashiers. The Chamber's executive director serves as an ex-officio member of the JCTDA board and works closely with its director on destination branding and tourism management initiatives. With tourism as the area's number one industry, we work to promote the Cashiers Area destination brand and growing related businesses, while preserving the village character anhd appeal of a leisure experience in our mountain communities.
The Cashiers Planning Council
- The Cashiers Planning Council is a volunteer board of local residents appointed by the County Commission to review and make recommendations on the Cashiers Commercial Area Land Development Ordinance and ensure measured growth. With the staff support of the county's Planning Department, the board holds monthly meetings to address issues of jurisdiction relating to development.
The Mountain Landscapes Initiative
- The Mountain Landscapes Initiative (MLI) was a long-range project by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina to help citizens and communities in the 18 counties it serves plan for growth. The Foundation partnered with the Southwestern Commission, the council of governments organization serving NC’s seven westernmost counties, to produce a “Toolbox” of best practices for planning and development in the mountain region. From its efforts, the Cashiers Village Council was created which identified strategic community needs which the Chamber continues to address (including infrastructure (water & sewer), workforce housing, street beautification, transportation improvements).