Economic Development

Economic Development efforts focus on grant writing and grant administration.  High Country COG staff work closely with State and Federal funding agencies to assist member local governments with obtaining funding for economic development projects.  Grant applications are also prepared for water quality and recreation projects.  Staff also has capacity to administer grants. 

The Planning and Development Department also develops a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the region on a five-year cycle.

Below are links to current and past CEDS documents. Comments on the documents should be directed to Phil Trew, Director, Planning and Development (828) 265-5434 ext. 121,

2016 CEDS