Strategic Plan

HCCOG Strategic Plan

High Country Council of Governments has prepared this Strategic Plan to help us focus on improving and continuing the services our members need, and adding services our members want. Through a collaborative effort with our membership, we will forge a path of future success, establish a strong example for other COGs in the State to learn from, and increase awareness of our organization’s goals with state legislators.

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Vision Statement

The High Country Council of Governments will be the leader in initiating and providing solutions to regional and local challenges, supporting a bright future for the High Country.

Mission Statement

The High Country Council of Governments serves local government members and stakeholders with professional services by effectively maximizing resources to meet ever-changing needs that improve the quality of life and economic prosperity of the High Country.


For a complete list of objectives for each goal please see the complete Strategic Plan document.

Goal One

HCCOG must become more self-sufficient. Since 2013, there has been no state funding appropriated to support COGs, and there continues to be no evidence those funds will be returning or replenished (Area Agency on Aging and Workforce Development federal pass-through state funding has also continued to diminished significantly).

Goal Two

Evaluate, maintain, and enhance core services.

Goal Three

HCCOG will be a leader in actively promoting economic development, business retention and recruitment, and workforce development efforts in the High Country.

Goal Four

Promote excellence in communication and collaboration among member governments, other COGs, State and Federal Agencies.

Goal Five

HCCOG to become a Regional Training Center.

Steering Committee

A special thank you to Steering Committee members for your time, dedication, and valuable guidance in shaping our first Strategic Plan.

Strategic Plan Facilitators

Dr. Mickey N. Duvall, HCCOG Executive Director (former)
Tanna Greathouse, Clerk to the Board, Assistant to Executive Director

Voting Members

Don Adams, Alleghany County Manager
Gary D. Blevins, Wilkes County Commissioner, Executive Board Chairman
David Burleson, Superintendent, Avery County Schools
Robert L. Johnson, North Wilkesboro Mayor, Executive Board Member
J. B. Lawrence, Blowing Rock Mayor, Executive Board Member
Jason Robinson, Clerk to the Board, Assistant to the County Manager, Human Resources Manager for Yancey County
Bill Slagle, Mitchell County Commissioner, Executive Board Member (former)
Adam Stumb, Planning Director, Ashe County
Charles Vines, Mitchell County Manager, Executive Board Member

Ex-Officio Members

Beth Norris, Finance Officer (former), HCCOG
Adrian Tait, Workforce Development Director (former)
Phil Trew, Planning and Development Director
Julie Wiggins, Area Agency on Aging Director