Council for Collaborative Impact

Working Together for Successful, Thriving Communities

Task Force Areas

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

If you would like to join a task force to impact your area, please call or email Ricky Hill 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