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Qualla 2020: Diversifying the Qualla Economy. Initial Meeting February 25, 2014. Agenda. 1:00pm Introduction and Goals 1:15pm Large Group Brainstorming: Potential Approaches for Diversifying the Qualla Boundary Economy

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qualla 2020 diversifying the qualla economy

Qualla 2020:Diversifying the Qualla Economy

Initial Meeting

February 25, 2014


1:00pm Introduction and Goals

1:15pm Large Group Brainstorming: Potential Approaches for Diversifying the Qualla Boundary Economy

1:35pm Small Group Discussion: Most Promising Suggestions

2:00pm Report Out and Consolidation

2:45pm Next Steps

3:00pm Adjourn

cherokee core values
Cherokee Core Values
  • Prayer, Faith, Spirituality
  • Group Harmony
  • Strong Individual Character
  • Sense of Place
  • Honoring the Past
  • Educating the Children
  • Sense of Humor
qualla 2020 goals
Qualla 2020 Goals
  • The purpose of the Qualla 2020 Project is to diversify the Cherokee economy and reduce its risks so that it can better ensure the well-being of the Cherokee population into the future. 
  • In order to do this, the Qualla 2020 Project will seek to mitigate the dependence of the economy on gaming revenues, and to develop and expand businesses in ways that uphold the core values of the Cherokee people.
qualla 2020 process
Qualla 2020 Process
  • Six Committee meetings
    • Tuesday, February 25, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Friday, March 21, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
      • Yellow Hill Activity Center (Old Hardware Store)
    • Wednesday, April 23, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Wednesday, May 21, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Friday, June 27, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Tuesday, July 15, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Task teams will meet by phone between Committee meetings to develop detailed action plans for Committee review
  • Committee will choose action plans to recommend to EBCI Administration, EBCI Tribal Council and Cherokee Preservation Foundation
action plan definition
Action Plan Definition
  • Action plan criteria:
    • Achievable with the resources controlled by institutions and individuals on the Qualla Boundary
    • Create visible differences within a year or two
    • Support traditional Cherokee values and culture
  • Action plan elements:
    • Goal
    • Participants
    • Activities
    • Organizational leadership
    • Resources required
    • Funding sources
    • Timeline
potential approaches for diversifying the qualla boundary economy
Potential Approaches for Diversifying the Qualla Boundary Economy
  • Brainstorming session to generate potential ideas
  • Topics for brainstorming:
    • Enterprise development overseen by tribal economic development authority
      • Potential types of businesses
        • Government contracting
        • Professional services
        • Real estate investments
        • Cultural tourism and attractions
        • Knowledge industries/broadband
      • Potential funding sources
        • SBA 8(a) contracts
        • New Markets Tax Credit (CDE)
    • Entrepreneurial development – support for small business entrepreneurs
high priority suggestions
High Priority Suggestions
  • Group the suggestions into five topics
  • Assign one topic to each of five tables
  • Participants then choose tables for small group discussion
high priority suggestions small group assignment
High Priority Suggestions: Small Group Assignment
  • Appoint scribe and spokesperson
  • Review suggestions in your topic area; add additional suggestions if appropriate
  • Make list of top five – six suggestions that your group thinks are most promising for diversifying the Qualla economy
  • Criteria for choosing top five- six suggestions
    • Have the ability to generate significant revenue in the long run
    • Can be implemented with resources controlled by EBCI
    • Build on unique EBCI assets (people, culture, land, money)
    • Can start to show noticeable results within several years
    • Support traditional Cherokee values and quality of life on the Boundary
report out and consolidation
Report Out and Consolidation
  • Small groups report out
  • Note areas of overlap and similarity
  • Develop consolidated list for consideration by task teams
  • Create task teams
    • Contact person for each task team
next steps
Next Steps
  • Initial meetings of task teams by phone
    • Establish goals
    • Develop workplans and timelines
    • Note potential funding sources
  • BWB Solutions and Medicine Root will staff and facilitate tasks teams and conduct additional research as necessary
contact information
Contact Information

Ben Sherman


(303) 818-4926

John Weiser


(203) 314-8600