Western North Carolina Vitality Index
On June 15, 2012, the Mountain Resources Commission released the Western North Carolina Vitality Index at an event held at Grandfather Mountain. The index, created in partnership with the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station, took over a year to develop and utilized the expertise of public and private sector representatives and university faculty, including the staff of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at the University of North Carolina-Asheville.
The Western North Carolina Vitality Index reports on the 27 counties of Western North Carolina through the perspectives of the region’s natural, social, built and economic environments. The index was designed to assist local governments, interest groups and the public in furtherance of the Mountain Resources Commission's overall mission to "take care of our natural resources to enhance and sustain quality of life and ensure the long term health of our region and our people."
The index can be used by local government officials, interest groups and the public to:
The Western North Carolina Vitality Index serves as a free online resource, providing the 183-page report for download, a directory of data searchable by category and a GIS viewer for integrating multiple data sets.
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