Planned Housing Project
Valley Trails
Heritage Park Disc Golf Course
Gateway Project
Small Towns Revitalization Program
Broadband Project
Freedom Memorial Pavilion
Partners and Funders

Town of Andrews
Andrews Chamber of Commerce
Valleytown Cultural Arts Center
One Dozen Who Care, Inc.

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The Andrews Valley Initiative (AVI) is a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Andrews, NC, whose mission is to plan for progress in the Andrews valley while preserving its heritage and protecting its beauty for generations to come. All of our community projects focus on a "triple bottom line" - sustainable economic development, environmental stewardship and social justice.

AVI came into being in 1987 when local citizens established initiatives that focused on the revitalization of downtown Andrews and the valley in which the town lies. Over the years, these goals fell by the wayside. In 2003, in response to local citizens' requests, Jerry Pullium and Lee Nichols formed AVI, a not-for-profit corporation, whose goal was to breathe new life into these original initiatives. Since then, a dedicated group of volunteers have worked together to bring many enhancements to Andrews.

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AVI Board of Advisors:

Becky Anderson, Consultant & Founder of Handmade in America, Asheville NC

Mary Ann Anderson, Reports Specialist Region 4, FEMA, Atlanta GA/Andrews NC

Ronda Birtha, Independent Photography Professional, Marble NC

Eric Carlson, President of Web-sites.com & Calaboose Cellars Winery, Andrews NC

Robert Hawk, Area Specialist Agent for Community Resources Dev. NC Cooperative Extension Service, Waynesville NC

Elizabeth D Hay, Board of Directors Valleytown Cultural Arts & Historical Society

Abraham Kadushin, Kadushin Associates, Architects-Planners, Ann Arbor MI

Edwin Terrel Meek, Architect, Asheville NC

Eve Miranda, Serenity Shoppe, Andrews NC & Smokey Mountain Native Plants Association, Stecoah NC

Callie D Moore, Executive Director Hiawassee River Watershed Coalition, Peachtree NC

W. Lee Nichols, Outsider Artist, Shanghai China, Andrews NC

Billy Parrish, Director of Downtown Development, Community Dev. and Finance Division, GA Dept of Community Affairs, Atlanta GA

David Quinn, Director of Small Towns Program of Handmade in America, Asheville NC

Gary Roper, MD, Andrews Internal Medicine PA, Murphy NC

Donna Tipton-Rogers, PhD, President Tri-State Community College, Murphy NC

Prof. James (Jay) Tomlinson, Dept. of Landscape Architecture, North Carolina State University

Kevin Welch, Center for Cherokee Plants, Cherokee NC

Keith Wood, Agricultural extension Agent, North Carolina State University, Murphy NC

Ann Woodford, Director, One Dozen Who Care, Andrews NC


Jerry C Pullium, Chairman
T. Robert Hay
Frank Jones
Tom O'Brien
Jeanne Powell
Glen Tatum
Chuck VanGorder


Jerry Kilpatrick, Chairman
Jack Faulkner, President
Lillian Threlkeld, Secretary
Jim Miller, Treasurer

Member Representatives

Ed Cloud, President Andrews Chamber of Commerce

Bill Green, Town Administrator, Town of Andrews

AVI Executive Committee

Jack Faulkner
Lillian Threlkeld
Jim Miller
Jerry Pullium
, ExOfficio
Bob Ferreira, Executive Director

Regular Board Members

Eddie Adams
Akwasi Agyeman
Bryan Hughes
Michael Porterfield
Mike Shiedy
Geneva Zargarnaga

For more information about
the Andrews Valley Initiative
(AVI) please call:

Bob Ferreira
Executive Director
(828) 644-3471