Council for Collaborative Impact

Working Together for Successful, Thriving Communities

Council for Collaborative Impact

The Council for Collaborative Impact (CCI)  is comprised of individuals from Clay, Cherokee, and Towns counties who wish to keep abreast of services available for neighbors in our community that specifically address the areas of education, transportation, economic development, children’s issues, drug abuse, housing, and technology. They serve on CCI task forces that represent each of these areas and work collaboratively to better meet community needs in impactful and transformative ways. Any interested individuals are welcome to attend CCI meetings and potentially serve on a task force. Each meeting will feature a guest speaker who will address a topic that has regional impact and who can be a resource for our community.

Meetings are held in Moore Great Hall in the Lodge at Hinton Rural Life Center, 2330 Hinton Center Road, Hayesville NC. Please RSVP the Tuesday before to or call 828-389-8336.

2023 CCI Meeting Schedule

  • February 16, 8:30-10:00am — Guest speaker Patrick Woodie, president and CEO of  the NC Rural Center. The Center’s mission is to develop, promote, and implement sound economic strategies to improve the quality of life of rural North Carolinians. It serves the state’s 78 rural counties, with a special focus on individuals with low to moderate incomes and communities with limited resources.
  • April 13, 8:30-10:00am — Guest speaker Jeannette Butterworth, Senior Consultant, WNC Nonprofit Pathways, a collaboration of the following funding organizations:

    WNC Nonprofit Pathways was formed in 2006 out of concern about the increasing demands on nonprofits. The funders recognized that nonprofits must operate from a place of organizational strength in order to carry out their missions effectively. Each year, these same funders contribute dollars to provide Pathways’ services, making high quality, capacity building support available at low or no cost to nonprofits across the mountain region. Register by Tuesday, April 11, for the April 13 breakfast meeting and learn more about the work of and opportunities offered through WNC Nonprofit Pathways.

  • August 10, 8:30-10:00am — TBD
  • November 9, 8:30-10:00am — Mayor Liz Ordiales will be our guest speaker. She has served as the mayor of Hiawassee, GA, since January of 2018.

Task Force Areas

The Council for Collaborative Impact (CCI) has seven task force areas. These areas were identified in the Quality of Life study. The research pinpointed seven different focuses that could use collaborative effort for impact in this region: Children’s Needs, Economic Development, Education, Housing, Substance Abuse, Technology, and Transportation.

If you would like to learn more about CCI and/or join a task force to help  impact our community, please contact Jim Rich at (828) 389-8336 or

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Quality of Life Study

Hinton Center partnered with The University of North Carolina-Greensboro in a Quality of Life study for the area of Clay and Cherokee counties in NC and Towns County, GA. Using information from surveys, focus groups, and interviews, the goal is for private and public organizations to work together to develop priorities and plans for community growth.
Area residents were strongly encouraged to participate in the study. “We need your help,” said Hinton Rural Life Center President and CEO Dr. Jacqueline Gottlieb. “We would like to know what you see as assets in our communities. There are people, places, businesses, and services that make our community great, and we want to know what they are!” Residents contributed to the database of community assets by providing their suggestions.

Report and Data

Researchers gathered data for this study from various groups and areas of life. Read their findings below.

Quality of Life Study
Quality of Life Snapshot for Clay, Cherokee, and Towns Counties
Hinton Asset Map