Published: Wednesday, 24 May 2017 14:37
CASHIERS SIGNS NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
In 2016 as part of an enhanced destination branding campaign, the Cashiers Area Chamber replaced the deteriorating “Cashiers” sign on Highway 64 West to welcome eastbound traffic with an updated design featuring a Whiteside Mountain icon.
Now efforts are underway to raise funds for two additional “Cashiers” signs, to be located on NC Highway 107 South and North (in cooperation with the Glenville Community). In the future, a fourth site on US Highway 64 East will be explored.
“Providing effective destination and wayfinding signage supports a memorable and positive visitor experience,” explains Stephanie Edwards, chamber executive director.
Last year, the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority gave the Chamber a one-time $2,500 award toward the initial sign construction, which was to serve as a pilot project for other approaches which would be privately funded.
Approximately $8,000 must be raised to cover costs of adding two signs. The public as well as Chamber members are invited to donate to ensure project success. Personal and business contributions are welcomed and will be acknowledged in related promotions.
The 4x8 foot rough-hewn cedar structure, designed by Mountainworks Custom Home Design and manufactured by AGM Sign Company, features a profile of Whiteside Mountain and “Elev 3,484,” highlighting Cashiers’ popular, high elevation setting, and is capped with copper trim.
The Chamber’s other 2017 economic and community development priority initiatives include workforce development, housing, pedestrian mobility and safety and broadband connectivity. Our Core Purpose is “To provide extraordinary Leadership as an Advocate for business, Information Source for the Community and Conduit for building destination awareness and responsible growth.
Published: Thursday, 20 April 2017 14:46
On Tuesday, April 18, 2017 The Cashiers Area Chamber in coordination with Jackson County Tourism and Development Authority and The Village Green of Cashiers hosted a Solar Eclipse Community Forum at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library.
Paul Heckert, Astronomy & Physics Professor at Western Carolina University explained the basics of an eclipse and Nick Breedlove, Director of the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority spoke on county wide plans and logistics.
Matthew Cass, Physics Instructor and Science Department Chair at Southwestern Community College talked about college plans and eclipse viewing safety. Ann Self, Director at The Village Green talked about plans for the Cashiers Solar Festival (August 19-21.)
Todd Dillard, Director of Jackson County Emergency Management gave an update on emergency response plans and overall safety while Enrique Gomez, Associate Professor in the Chemistry & Physics Department at Western Carolina University talked about experiencing an eclipse in person.
All speakers were available to answer questions following presentations.
There are other solar eclipse informational opportunities scheduled closer to the event date on August 21, 2017. Enrique Gomez will speak again at The Village Green Nature Series Tuesday, July 25th at the Village Green in Cashiers.
Visit www.NCEclipse.com for additional Solar Eclipse information.
If you are a Chamber Member looking to purchase Solar Eclipse Glasses, CLICK HERE
Published: Monday, 17 April 2017 16:44
Chamber Member Southern Highlands Reserve (SHR) has been awarded the 2017 Open Space Preservation Grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area (BRNHA).
With the grant SHR will continue their efforts to help restore red spruce to endangered spruce-fir ecosystems in Western North Carolina through seed collection, spruce propagation in SHR’s Nursery Complex, tree planting, public outreach, volunteer management, and project management.
The work will help sustain the integrity of habitat, wildlife populations, and ecological services red spruce help provide as well as protect the naturally scenic resources that support the tourism economy in Western North Carolina. In an excerpt from SHR Press Release, Kelly Holdbrook says; “Over the past few years, our role in restoring red spruce to Western North Carolina has increased significantly. We are honored to partner with other agencies in an effort to address landscape-scale restoration on public land. Our role is to help increase the public’s awareness, involvement, and education about native plants and their ecosystems in Southern Blue Ridge Mountains.”
Read the Southern Highlands Reserve Press Release HERE. For more information on the efforts call (828) 885-2050 or CLICK HERE.