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Avery County Chamber of Commerce Desires to Engage Internet Service Providers for Broadband Expansion

The Avery County Chamber of Commerce has received a grant in the amount of $100,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to extend broadband internet service to residential and business customers in unserved and underserved areas of Avery County. The Chamber is looking for a qualified Partner with the technical expertise and capacity to make available high-speed internet services to as many underserved areas as possible.  The qualified Partner would be required to design, build, operate and maintain a broadband network to provide data services.  The Partner would also be required to provide a minimum of $100,000 to match the ARC funds Copies of the detailed request for proposal (RFP), including a description of the services to be provided by respondents, the minimum content of responses, and the factors to be used to evaluate the responses, can be obtained by contacting Melynda Pepple, Director, Avery County Chamber of Commerce, 4501 Tynecastle Highway, Unit #2, Banner Elk, NC 28604 or (828) 898-5605 or director@averycounty.com or visit www.averycounty.com/avery-county-press-releases/. Proposals will be accepted until 5:00 pm March 30, 2018. The Avery County Chamber of Commerce encourages the submission of proposals from minority- and women-owned firms. Avery Chamber – RFP…

February 2018 – Feeding Avery Families

Feeding Avery Families is a non-profit Christian organization in Avery County dedicated to eliminating hunger by any means possible including monetary donations, volunteerism, and food donations. FAF provided 60% of the food assistance in Avery County in 2017 and currently distributes approximately 500 boxes of food every month (generally on the last Friday), reaching over 1000 individuals, from their Food Distribution Center at 508 Pineola Street in Newland. Please get in touch with Dick Larson to donate or volunteer.   Dick Larson, Executive Director P.O. Box 1075 Banner Elk, NC 28604 (828) 783-8506…

January 2018 – Souvenir Shirts

Listed as one of the top ten “must-do’s” for the Banner Elk area, Souvenir Shirts is located on Hwy. 184 at the base of the Sugar Mountain ski slopes. They sell everything from local Woolly Worm tee-shirts and ski apparel to homemade fudge and ice cream, and have been providing Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain, and Banner Elk souvenirs and gifts since 1987!   Souvenir Shirts 3175 Tynecastle Hwy. Banner Elk, NC 28604 (828) 898-6441…

Leadership Avery Kicks Off 2018

The Avery Chamber is now taking applications for 2018 class of Leadership Avery – come learn about county businesses, agencies, organizations, and resources and how they work, both individually and together, to run our county.

October 2017 – Guardian ad Litem

Established by statute in 1983, the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program has been serving abused and neglected children for more than 30 years.

September 2017 – Peak Real Estate

Chris and Jim of Peak Real Estate, located in Banner Elk on Tynecastle Highway, will be happy to answer any questions you may have concerning the purchase of your new home or sale of your current home.

June 2017 – Wahoo’s Adventures

Since 1978, or for 39 years, Wahoo’s has consistently offered the highest quality whitewater rafting, canoeing, tubing, and hiking experiences available east of the Rocky Mountains.

May 2017 – Holston Camp & Retreat Center

Since 1959, Holston Camp has welcomed kids seeking a refuge from the seasonal heat and a sanctuary for spiritual, mental and physical growth into 150 acres of forest, lakes and streams nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina.

February 2017 – Carolina Mountain Life

For 20 years, Carolina Mountain Life Magazine has reflected the heartbeat of the High Country with stories showcasing the people and places that make living or visiting this area special.

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