The Opportunity Initiative of Southwestern North Carolina (OPT-IN) is about a month away from a series of eight Community Workshops in each of the seven westernmost N.C. counties and in the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

OPT-IN is a year-long effort to fill in research gaps, identify opportunities and test alternative strategies to inform decision making about economic development, transportation planning and the environment

Basics and more information are addressed on the project website HERE.

The Community Workshops listed will give you the opportunity to meet with your neighbors, to give feedback on Opt-Ins first-phase research and to discuss where to go from here.



Drop-bys welcome at 5:30 p.m.; presentations and discussion from 6 to 8 p.m.


Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Monday, Sep. 23

Tribal Council Chambers

88 Council House Loop Road

Cherokee, NC 28719


Graham County

Tuesday, Sep. 24

Graham County Community Center

196 Knight Street

Robbinsville, NC 28771


Macon County

Thursday, Sep. 26

Macon Bank Corporate Center

220 One Center Court

Franklin, NC 28734


Jackson County

Monday, Sep. 30

Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd floor

A.K. Hinds University Center

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC 28723


Cherokee County

Tuesday, Oct. 1

Enloe Building

Tri-County Community College

21 Campus Circle

Murphy, NC 28906


Swain County

Thursday, Oct. 3

Swain County Technology and Training Center

Buckner Branch Road

Bryson City, NC 28713


Clay County

Monday, Oct. 7

Multi-Purpose Room

Clay County Government Center

261 Courthouse Drive

Hayesville, NC 28904


Haywood County

Thursday, Oct. 10

Regional High Technology Center Auditorium

85 Freedlander Dr.

Clyde, NC 28721