Thursday, March 7, 2019

Weekly Village Update 3.7.19

Commerce Communications

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Chamber Events & News

Registration Opens March 11
Interested in showing off your talents to the greater Watauga community? Are you an organization looking for amazing talent in the High Country? Talent Jam - Work It Watauga on April 4th at Ransom in Boone is the event for you!

This is a high-energy, hyperlocal event that features dueling, open-mic pitches where companies looking for talent, and people that have talent, each deliver alternating 60-second pitches. The event is followed by a casual but impactful networking reception.
Talent Jam - Work It Watauga is presented by Silicon Hollar and is in partnership with Appalachian State University - Career Development Center, Blowing Rock and Boone Area Chambers of Commerce, and The Watauga County Economic Development Commission.

Registration is required and pitch opportunities are very limited. Registration opens March 11th and closes April 1st.

Business Before Hours
March 13th at 8:30 am
Join us at Studio M Salon for coffee, donuts and networking before you head to work in the morning!

Questions? Call the Chamber at 828.295.7851.

St. Patty's Day Showdown
March 16th, 11 am - 3 pm
Join Blowing Rock Young Professionals at the American Legion for a family-friendly St. Patty's event. Enjoy music from The Harris Brothers, a green beer garden, BBQ, festivities and much more. Tickets are $20. Proceeds benefit Blue Ridge Conservancy.

Business After Hours
March 19th at 5:30 pm
Join us at Green Park Inn for networking and nibbles! Watch your email for more details and a link to RSVP.

Questions? Call the Chamber at 828.295.7851.

Participants in the 2019 Leadership Challenge include Charles Wofford, Chasity Stephens, Keith Shockley, Jim Zellner, Ronnie Mark, Paulette Mitchell, Joyce Zellner, Katy Reisterer, Ali Borchardt, Rachel Stewart, Briana Bowling, Sarah Goff, Erica Brinker and Tammy Bentley.

Leadership Challenge Participants to Make a Big Difference in Blowing Rock's Future
Fourteen participants of the 2019 Blowing Rock Leadership Challenge (BRLC) met Friday, March 1st for a retreat at the Blowing Rock Conference Center to begin an eight-week program to help them become even more active as leaders in the Blowing Rock community.

The Blowing Rock Leadership Challenge is sponsored and produced by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. The program is designed to meet the Town’s growing need 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. Read More

SAVOR Graphic for Your Marketing Efforts
Several of our member hotels, restaurants and retailers have asked for a graphic to use in their email marketing to promote Savor weekend. Feel free to use and share this graphic to help us spread the word! You can also pull materials off our Savor Facebook page and Chamber Instagram. Be sure to follow us, as we will continue sharing individual events and promos between now and May.

The boards of education and county commissioners of Ashe and Watauga counties adopted resolutions in support of the flexible calendar. The calendar flexibility plan does not apply to year-round schools.

Flexible School Calendar Bill Introduced
Last week, House Bill 207 was introduced on the House floor. The bill will give certain mountain counties, including Ashe and Watauga, more flexibility in their public school calendars due to severe weather. Students in counties affected by severe weather have their school calendars disrupted to the point of losing a half-year of classes over the course of their 12 years in school.

House Bill 207 allows more flexibility for local boards of education in determining opening days for certain mountain counties (Watauga, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell). Waivers can be granted to those four counties when they experience excessive lost days “due to severe weather conditions, energy shortages, power failures, or other emergency situations.”

If the bill passes, those counties could open as early as the Monday closest to August 7, 12 or 19, depending on the number of days missed by students in previous years. The criteria for changing opening dates is:

·     If schools have been closed 8 days per year during any four of the last 10 years, the opening date shall be no earlier than the Monday closest to August 19.
·     If schools have been closed 13 days per year during any four of the last 10 years, the opening date shall be no earlier than the Monday closest to August 12.
·     If schools have been closed 17 days per year during any four of the last 10 years, the opening date shall be no earlier than the Monday closest to August 7.

The closing date of schools in the counties affected will remain the Friday closest to June 11.

Jim Otterman, Realtor
Jim Otterman and his family absolutely love Blowing Rock and the North Carolina High Country! With more than 30 years of real estate experience, he can help you find your perfect place in the mountains!

For more information, call 828.367.3792 or visit his website.

Member Events & News

Mystery Hill Announces 2019 North Carolina Residents Campaign
It has become tradition for Mystery Hill to thank the residents of North Carolina for their support each March with an annual North Carolina Days Celebration. The purchase of a Vortex Annual Pass during the month of March is only $29.99, which allows anyone who works, lives or attends school in North Carolina to visit Mystery Hill as many times as they want for a year. This means the price of an annual pass is available for the same price as their normal, one day inclusive ticket. Online purchasing is available and encouraged.

Save the Dates for Blue Ridge Conservancy's 2019 Events
Guided Hikes & Kids in Nature Day - April through October
Land Trust Day - June 1st at Mast General Store
Gamekeeper Auction - June 5th
20th Annual 5K - September 21st

For more information on 2019 events and guided hikes, call 828.264.2511 or visit the website.

Watauga Compassionate Community Initiative (WCCI) Conference 2019
May 4th, 8 am - 4 pm
Registration closes March 15th for the WCCI Conference at Watauga High School. This is a community impact event focused on transforming Watauga County and creating a shared understanding of how trauma and resiliency affect behavior, learning, and lifetime physical and mental health. Cost is $25. Pre-registration required. Register Online.

Chamber Information and Meetings

Business Before Hours: Wednesday, March 13th at 8:30 am, Studio M Salon
St. Patty's Day Showdown: Saturday, March 16th, 11am-3pm, American Legion
Business After Hours: Tuesday, March 19th at 5:30 pm, Green Park Inn
Board of Directors Meeting: Wednesday, April 3rd at 8 am
Talent Jam - Work It Watauga: Thursday, April 4th at 5 pm, Ransom in Boone
Vision Northwest North Carolina: Wednesday, May 22nd at 8 am, Appalachian State University

All meetings are held in the Chamber Boardroom unless otherwise noted.

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