The Blowing Rock
Leadership Challenge is an innovative leadership development program
produced and sponsored by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. This
program is designed to meet our community’s future needs for the active
participation of informed and educated leaders. The goal of the program is
to identify potential leaders and provide them with the community
information and encouragement needed to spur local action and involvement.
Graduates are challenged to apply their talents throughout the community by
becoming a part of local organizations, including public boards, nonprofit
groups, civic organizations, helping agencies and of course, the Chamber.
Leadership Challenge was started in 2007 and has an alumni group of almost
80. In addition to the Challenge held every other year, the alumni group is
also responsible for the production of the Blowing Rock Candidates’ Forum
for municipal elections in the fall. This program is an excellent
opportunity for people to meet many community leaders, to get connected to
the community and to learn how things work.
The deadline for
applications is February 15th.
Photo by Lonnie Webster
Brought Sunshine and Large Crowds!
The 21st annual
WinterFest started off with a blast on Thursday night with a sold-out crowd
parading through Timberlake's at Chetola Resort for WinterFeast. Snow
flurries, ice and extremely cold temperatures didn't discourage our
foodies! Friday, Saturday and Sunday brought a plethora of fun
activities... read more &
Dr. Harry Davis recognizes Reba Moretz of
Appalachian Ski Mountain for her decades of service toward economic
development in Watauga County during the High Country Economic Kickoff
Breakfast. Photo credit: Jan Todd, Deep Creek Photography.
Dr. Harry Davis,
North Carolina Bankers Association Professor of Banking and Economist,
presented a summary of trends related to regional and nationwide economic
growth, housing, employment and education. He then predicted the current
economic recovery period will continue through 2019 and into 2020. Read More
Thanks in great part
to an active selling season in the fall, local Realtors® sold more than
2,300 homes in 2018, the busiest year for sales in more than a
decade. Sales were brisk even as interest rates rose throughout the
year, including a sharp spike in early fall.
is hiring for Personal Lines Account Managers. There are two of these
positions available, one in their Boone location and one in Lenoir. The
Personal Lines Account Manager is responsible for providing assistance to
new and existing customers as well as maintaining the basic insurance
database and other office administrative functions.
Program, an initiative designed to award grant money to schools within the
communities of Tanger Outlet Centers nationwide, has officially opened its
call for entries within the High Country community. The TangerKIDS Grant
Program was designed to satisfy the specific funding needs of local schools
- from the implementation of school-wide programs, to rebuilding equipment
and academic materials inventories, to supporting athletic or band programs.
Each year, more than $200,000 is awarded in individual grants to schools in
need. All grant applications must be submitted by March 15th. Read More
Spectrum Reach is hosting an event for
business owners and marketing managers in the area. It will be held at
Highland Avenue Restaurant at Hollar Mill in Hickory for anyone who wants
to learn about digital marketing. Take advantage of this unique opportunity
to listen, engage and ask a media expert questions specific to your
Mast General Stores
in Valle Crucis and Boone are partnering with the Hunger and
(HHC) this Valentine’s to restock the HHC food pantry. The annual campaign
matches each pound of candy purchased at Mast Store with a $1 donation. You
can also help out with change donations in the jars at the wrap stand.
Join Blowing Rock
Art & History Museum for a Chinese New Year celebration with music,
fortune cookies and painting. Little puppies celebrating 2018 and piglets
for 2019 will be created with Chinese ink and brushes. For ages 10 and up.
All materials included. $12 members / $15 non-members.
Green Park Inn is
offering add-ons to any hotel or dinner reservation. They are also
offering a Prime Rib Dinner special in the Chestnut Grille in addition to
the full, regular menu. Add-ons for hotel stay or dinner (bottle of wine,
truffles, single rose) should be reserved in advance.
Community Events & News
Town of Blowing
Rock Seeks Applicants for Various Boards
Appearance Advisory Commission (BRAAC) - 1 Vacancy. BRAAC shall have all of
the responsibilities and duties imposed by the enabling ordinance and shall
promote and assist in the implementation of general community
beautification in accordance with adopted Town plans/policies.
Control Board (ABC) - 1 Vacancy. ABC oversees the operation and management
of the Town ABC store and employs a local ABC officer to oversee the
enforcement of State of North Carolina ABC laws.