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Support your Local Restaurants & Retailers-Sign the Petition!

Support local business and sign the petition urging Jackson County Commissioners to pass legislation allowing the sale of alcohol starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Mark your calendars for Monday, April 16 when a public hearing will be held in Cashiers. Time and location to be determined.

 


On Monday, October 16, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners discussed a measure to allow restaurants and retailers in unincorporated areas of the county to serve alcohol at 10:00 a.m. instead of noon on Sundays.

 

This “Brunch Bill” directly impacts the guest experience of visitors to the Plateau as well as financially benefits our local food and beverage industry and creates hospitality jobs.

Highlands, Sylva, Brevard, Franklin, Hendersonville, Laurel Park, Waynesville, Banner Elk, Blowing Rock, Boone, Asheville and other popular tourist destinations have already adopted the ordinance and experienced favorable results.

The measure has been passed by 145 municipalities and counties across North Carolina and has been unanimously endorsed by the Cashiers Area Chamber Board of Directors and Jackson County Tourism Development Authority Board.

Our local restaurants and other businesses unequivocally support this action!

Please join us in urging the Commissioners to vote “YES” on this important opportunity to establish a level playing field with our incorporated neighbors. To do otherwise will disenfranchise businesses in the Cashiers Area and other unincorporated Jackson County locations and will send valuable tourist dollars and related taxes elsewhere.

Broadband Connectivity Survey

Broadband Connectivity -- one of the Chamber’s strategic initiatives to promote growth and sustainability in the Cashiers Area – is critical to our community’s future success. Please take a few moments to fill out the broadband survey provided by The Southwestern Commission.

As the internet becomes more vital to everyday life in North Carolina, counties across our region have undertaken various efforts to address the problem. In an effort to help the region as a whole, the Southwestern Commission is running a three month survey to determine broadband access in our seven county region. The Southwestern Commission hopes to garner enough information from you to help us decide on the best way (or ways) to address the issues our communities face when it comers to having reliable access to broadband services. The survey should just take a few minutes of your time.

 

US Hwy 64 Road Information

 

UPDATE*** US Hwy 64 is open as of Wednesday afternoon, October 18.

 

As of Friday, October 13 at 9:00 am, According to Director Dillard, road construction will begin at 4:00 pm on Monday, October 16th and continue 24 hours per day until complete. Both lanes will remain closed through Thursday, October 19th.

According to Todd Dillard, Director of Jackson County Emergency Management, US 64 West is severely washed out and requires immediate repair for safe passage.

Todd Dillard is acutely aware of the impact on leaf season visitor and commercial... traffic and the maintenance crews will work as quickly as possible to restore safety.

Lanes Affected: Eastbound and Westbound, approximately 1 mile west of the Cashiers Crossroads. Detour: From 64 West, Norton Road to Laurel Knob Road to NC107N (partial gravel) or Norton Road to North Norton Road to NC 107N (paved).

Chamber Annual Meeting & Celebration!

The Cashiers Area Chamber's Annual Meeting & Celebration is scheduled for Thursday, November 16th at the Orchard Restaurants' Event Barn in Cashiers!

Chamber Members are invited to RSVP and purchase tickets for the event at a *discounted price of $30 each which includes abundant hors d'oeuvres, one complementary wine or beer with cash bar, and live entertainment by star preformer and recording artist Geoff McBride! The deadline to RSVP is Tuesday, November 14thNon-Chamber Members and guests must RSVP and purchase tickets for $40 each in person at the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce offices located at 202 US Hwy 64 West.

*This is not a Chamber fundraiser. The $30 member ticket price covers the cost of food and beverage.

Spirit of Our Community Award Winners for Citizen of the Year, Businessperson of the Year, Educator of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and the Evergreen Award will be announced and presented during the evening.  

Special thanks to The Orchard Restuaraunt, Events Barn & Guest Cottage for hosting the function.

 

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Spirit of Our Community Awards!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for this year's Spirit of Our community Awards! The nomination period has now closed. The deadline to submit nominations was Tuesday, October 31, 2017. We look forward to announcing this years winners at the Annual Meetinfg & Celebration on Thurday, November 16 at the Orchard Restaurant Events Barn. Learn more about this event.

The extraordinary character of the Cashiers Area is reflected in the people who live, work and play in Cashiers, Glenville, Sapphire and Lake Toxaway.

 “Volunteerism and civic leadership have greatly influenced the quality of life we enjoy here on the Plateau. These awards are an important opportunity to honor those individuals who have dedicated their efforts to ensuring our valued experience continues,” explained Stephanie Edwards, Executive Director.

 In recognition of the commitment and contribution of outstanding individuals of our mountain communities, the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 2017 Spirit of Our Community Awards.


CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - Presented to an individual who has significantly and positively impacted community development through vision, innovation and leadership.

BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR - Presented to a business representative who has leveraged commercial resources to support community initiatives in an extraordinary manner.

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR - Presented to a teacher or administrator who has uniquely promoted character development and motivation as a foundation for future success.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - Presented to an individual who has generously given of their personal time, talent and/or financial support to improve the lives of those in our community.

EVERGREEN AWARD – Presented to an individual, business or other organization whose work reflects respect of natural resources and the value of sustainability.

ARTS & CULTURE ADVOCATE AWARD – Presented to an individual, business, or other organization whose work promotes artistic enhancement or cultural awareness.

Award winners are selected by committee and announced at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting & Celebration to be held from 5:30 to 8:00 on Thursday, November 16th at The Orchard Restaurant’s Event Barn. Winners traditionally also are publicly applauded as they ride in the Cashiers Christmas Parade, scheduled this year for Saturday, December 9th. 

For more information on these and other Chamber activities and for Celebration reservations, contact 828.743.5191 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Save the Dates!

Save the Dates! The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce is diligently preparing for the following events. Be sure to mark your calendars...

Tuesday, October 31: Spirit of Our Community Award Nomination Deadline

Be sure to have submitted your Spirit of Our Community nominations by Tuesday, October 31. We are currently accepting applications for Citizen of the Year, Businessperson of th Year, Volunteer of the Year, Educator of the Year and the Evergreen Award. Submit nominations online, or stop by the Chamber offices at 202 US Hwy 64 West. Winners will be announced at the Chamber's Annual Meeting & Celebration

 Thursday, November 16: Annual Meeting 7 Celebration

Ticket Sales for the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Celebration will go on sale starting November 1. This year's Celebration will be held at The Orchard Restaurant & Event Barn in Cashiers. Winners of the 2017 Spirit of Our Community Awards also will be announced . Geoff McBride, The Voice star performer and recording artist, will provide the evening's entertainment.

 Saturday, December 9: Annual Cashiers Area Christmas Parade!

The 43rd Annual Cashiers Area Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, December 9 starting at noon. In celebration of The Village Green’s 25th Anniversary and the Cashiers Glenville Volunteer Fire Department’s 50th Anniversary, the event theme is “Silver & Gold Bells, It's Christmas Time in the Village”. Register for the parade online or call Parade Director, Eli Ramirez at 828-743-5191. 

 

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