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, substance misuse, 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. Breakfast is complimentary, but attendees are asked to register or RSVP by the Tuesday before using the online registration link below or email jeremy@hintoncenter.

TO REGISTER ONLINE for the next CCI breakfast meeting, please click HERE.

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:
  • August 10, 8:30-10:00am — Ricardo Bello Ball, director of Unidxs WNC , will address what to know about the Latinx community and opportunities for collaboration. Those planning to attend should make a breakfast reservation by registering online HERE or emailing no later than Friday, August 4.
  • 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 2017 Quality of Life study, commissioned by Hinton Rural Life Center. The research pinpointed seven different focuses that could use collaborative effort for impact in this region: Children’s Issues, Economic Development, Education, Housing, Substance Use, 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 Jeremy Jenkins 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