Legislative meeting held

Published 12:16 pm Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Polk, regional, state leaders meet at TIEC for annual brunch

MILL SPRING—The fifth annual Legislative Gathering was held on Monday at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. 

Local, regional and state leaders gathered to meet. 

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The Foothills Regional Commission sponsors the event that includes elected officials in the Foothills Region, which consists of Cleveland, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford counties and the 33 cities and towns within those counties. 

There were more than 150 regional leaders from Cleveland, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford counties who attended the inaugural legislative gathering in 2018. 

The gathering is an opportunity for local officials from the Foothills Region to engage with elected officials and staff and have discussions of regional importance. 

Polk County officials who attended included county commissioners Tommy Melton, Paul Beiler and Myron Yoder, county manager Marche Pittman, county planner Cathy Ruth and county clerk Kristy Tipton. Those leaders joined other county, city and state leaders, including North Carolina Representative Jake Johnson, North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Josh Dobson and North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore.