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New Building Outdoor Communities cohort named

New Building Outdoor Communities cohort named

Six new recipients in Western North Carolina have been awarded grants to participate in the MADE X MTNS Partnership’s Building Outdoor Communities Program

The program aims to support WNC leaders to better leverage their natural assets and collaborate to advance their outdoor economy and economic development goals.

The second round of participants includes the Valley River Heritage Trail Greenway/Blueway Master Plan project in Cherokee County, the Hiwassee River Greenway Project Scoping and Feasibility Study in Clay County, the Baily Mountain Preserve/Otis Duck Greenway Connector Feasibility Study in Madison County, the Arts in the Outdoor Strategic Master Plan in Watauga County, the Banner Elk Greenway Master Plan in Avery County and the Trail Feasibility Study in Caldwell County.  

“These projects have been selected for their capacity to contribute significantly to the well-being of communities and natural spaces while bolstering our region’s outdoor recreation economy,” said Partnership Director Amy Allison.

Two rounds of planning and capacity building grants have been made possible through $250,000 in funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Dogwood Health Trust. This funding is part of the three-year “Accelerating Outdoors Grant” awarded to the MADE X MTNS Partnership.

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