with the May, 2011, Saltwater Connections Resource Team visit to
Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon, many community meetings and
discussions have been held on Hatteras Island, Ocracoke, and Down East,
Connections is a regional initiative aimed at sustaining livelihoods,
cultural heritage, and natural resources along North Carolina’s central
coast, from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke and Down East Carteret County.
The Saltwater Connections focus is now moving into the next phase, the implementation of community projects and programs.
Here’s an update on the current status of Saltwater Connections.
Saltwater Connections Community Projects
revised guidelines and application for proposals are now posted on the
website (www.saltwaterconnections.org). Some of the
highlights of the changes include: proposals can be submitted by
community organizations or individuals; proposals will be considered in
rounds ending May 31, 2012 and July 15, 2012; projects must be
completed no later than May 31, 2013.
The type of community projects Saltwater Connections is seeking
include, but are not limited to, projects that address the needs of:
nature-based, cultural and heritage tourism; commercial, charter and
recreational fishing industries; business skills development or
workforce training; developing value-added and new products; creating
business models that can be replicated; developing branding, marketing
and expansion of markets or supplies; creation of professional business
plans; building on the local foods movement; creating or enhancing
exhibits, events or other things to do, particularly in the shoulder
season; promoting locally produced products or services; creating
mentorship programs; enhancing youth entrepreneurship, providing a
nationally recognized designation to a community or area; improving
streetscape or signage; or using technology to connect entrepreneurs
with markets. Saltwater Connections will not support projects where
benefits accrue to only one individual or business.
Hatteras Island Implementation Steering Council
About one-third of the folks who attended the March 8 Saltwater
Connections public meeting at the Fessenden Center responded to a
Eighty-on percent of survey respondents indicated that they agreed in
general with the idea for a steering group to be convened to
communicate across the island and existing groups to coordinate efforts
to carry out recommendations in the Saltwater Connections resource team
reports. Fifty percent of respondents thought the steering group
should be an informal coalition. Eighty-one percent supported the
idea of island-wide subcommittees for design, promotion, economic
restructuring, and emergency management.
Folks who expressed interest in serving on the steering council will
meet later this month to decide how to set up the council in a fair,
representative manner, and to decide on a simple mission statement and
Resource Team Reports
The preliminary reports for Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon; Buxton,
Frisco and Hatteras; and Ocracoke are posted on the website. The
Down East report will be posted after community meetings in Cedar
Island and Harkers Island..
“These reports began with
resource team members listening to community members talk about
challenges and opportunities. The team toured the villages and
interviewed local people, collecting data and information to understand
local needs and conditions, reflect these back to the community, and
develop recommendations for action. This draft plan merely lays
the foundation for local initiatives by noting ways that action might
leverage existing local assets, and integrate local values. The
goal is to build long-term partnerships through which residents
revitalize their economies, and preserve the unique character and sense
of place that defines their communities. Local leaders already
have completed some projects in each area and are working toward
completion of others. This document is a first step, serving as a
road map for the future. Like any map, it will evolve as the
community implements projects and programs, and as changing times
require changes in priorities.”
--From the Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras report
Oral History Workshop
Saltwater Connections will hold a second oral history workshop on May 3
from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Avon Volunteer Fire
Station. The workshop will serve as a follow-up to a day-long
workshop held in Buxton in March, and also will provide an opportunity
for folks interested in collaborative oral history projects to explore
For more information, contact Susan West, Hatteras Island coordinator for Saltwater Connections, at [email protected]t or 252-995-4131.
More information on Saltwater Connections is available on the website, www.saltwaterconnections.org.