Please join us and other regional leaders for IPDC’s Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 4th at the Universal Advanced Manufacturing Center in Marion [634 College Dr. Marion, NC 28752].  Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 12:15 p.m. This will be the Roll out of the Isothermal Regional Economic Development Strategy.  Our Featured Speaker will be Deputy Secretary of Commerce Napoleon Wallace.  
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Contact: Scott Dadson, Executive Director
828-287-2281, ext. 250

Railroads and Economic Development in WNC

Several members of the IPDC community attended a day long conference on Railroads in Western North Carolina and their impact on Economic Development.  Groups representing Rail Tourism, such as the Saluda Historic Depot and Museum; Multi-modal and Freight advocates from McDowell and Cleveland County; and, finally passenger rail advocates who support Rail from North Carolina's heartland and beyond to the Western Hills were present as well.  
Region C Area Agency on Aging

The Region C Area Agency on Aging held their quarterly Aging Advisory Board Meeting on Thursday, September 14 @ 2:00 pm.  The Aging Advisory Board meets quarterly and consists of Regional Aging Service Providers, Senior Tar Heel delegate and alternates, and concerned senior adults from the four county region.  Ashley Porter, Affordable Care Act Navigator, with Pisgah Legal Services presented on open enrollment, insurance plan options and supportive services their agency provides related to Health Care and senior adults.   The Area Agency would welcome new members at this time.  If you would like to join us, please contact Laura Lynch or Lori Simpson @ 828-287-2281. 


Communities Encouraged to Submit Examples of Advanced Manufacturing

Commerce's survey seeking local examples of 'factories of the future' remains open this week, as the department continues to gather information to be used to promote Manufacturing Week in the first week of October.
Every October, the national and state spotlight focuses on manufacturing, and the importance this cross-industry sector plays in our economy and our local and regional growth strategies. This year, Commerce's Communications team will publish information and hold events during the week of October 2 featuring manufacturing's key role in North Carolina.
"We're aiming to highlight examples of clean, modern manufacturing plants that can counter the outdated stereotypes that still persist regarding manufacturing as a career path and engine for a modern economy," said Beth Gargan, Assistant Secretary for Communications and External Affairs.
To contribute an example from your community, visit the online survey or contact Communications Director David Rhoades at (919) 814-4611 or by email at
Legislative Breakfast in January 2018

The Board of Directors of the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission will be dedicating their January Meeting to that of a Legislative Gathering for its member governments and their representatives and partners to meet and greet with Legislators who represent our Region on the State and Federal Level.  In addition, we hope to share with our elected officials our regional goals and needs as well as educating all concerned about the benefits of a regional approach to prosperity for the Isothermal Region of North Carolina.

 As part of this effort, we would like for the Mayors and Chairs of our Region to help create the meeting agenda, select the place and to help in soliciting our elected officials to attend our meeting.  The purpose of this letter is to invite you to a planning meeting of the Mayors and Chairs of the Isothermal Region on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at noon at the IPDC offices in Rutherfordton.  A light lunch will be provided and we will keep our meeting to one hour. 

The IPDC staff will be at this meeting to help guide the discussion and agenda building and will of course execute the details of the meeting, to include invites, reservation of the place, and other administrative details.  We are looking to the Mayors and Chairs for direction and in reaching out to our elected delegation in order to ensure a successful event. 

We ask that the Mayors and Chairs  RSVP your ability to be at this meeting by either emailing Judy Lynch of the IPDC staff at or by calling her at 828-287-2281.  We look forward to your participation in this important event.
Electric Co-ops and Broadband

“Broadband and cooperative operations are beginning to merge together. To run a smart utility you have to have access to broadband,” said Wynn, who is CEO of Roanoke Electric Cooperative in Aulander, North Carolina."  An article on the role of Electric Co-ops in Rural Broadband

Social Determinants to Health in Region C

"The social determinants of health — median household income, poverty, disability, education — tell a broader story that helps inform us of the economic health of our District. At the practitioner level, engaging in workforce development strategies is a long-term process to improve labor market outcomes for individuals and make them more resilient to labor market changes. The physical and mental health of those individuals and their communities is a significant determinant in those outcomes."  Two Community Development Experts with the Federal Reserve, discuss the issue of Social Determinants of Health.
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