Community Partners and Business Alliances

Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont

Tremont is a non-profit residential environmental education center that provides in-depth experiences through education programs that celebrate ecological and cultural diversity, foster stewardship, and nurture appreciation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

We operate year-round serving students and nature-lovers of all ages with school programs, workshops, summer youth programs and camps, citizen science projects and naturalist certification classes. If you love the outdoors, chances are we’ve got something going on that you’d be interested in.

Maryville & Alcoa Parks and Rec


Their Mission is to enhance the quality of life by providing diverse recreational and healthy lifestyle opportunities. Sooner or later most of us will come in contact with a P&R program. Locally, we are so very lucky to have a growing, active and fun Parks and Rec organization. With numerous sports/reams and classes for adults and kids there is sure to be something is for anyone.

New Hope


New Hope – Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center is an accredited child-friendly, safe place for child victims of sexual and physical abuse. To lessen the trauma of child abuse, the Center and free services at New Hope are centered around the child. Everyone who is needed to help the child through this situation convene in this home-like setting.

The team approach in one place minimizes the trauma of having the child go to multiple places to tell their story mutliple times at law enforcement offices, the doctor/hospital and the office of the Child Protective Services. Non-offending family members are also assisted at the Center through advocacy information, education and support groups.

Keep Blount Beautiful

In 1992, concerned residents and government entities partnered to secure funding for an environmental non-profit that would serve Blount County. Since then, Keep Blount Beautiful has been educating the public and organizing clean ups thanks to the financial support of the Maryville/Alcoa/Blount County Landfill and TDOT Litter Grant through the Sheriff’s Office. When you drive around Blount County and enjoy the beautiful vistas…chances are KBB has had a hand in it!

Project Healing Waters


Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) began in 2005 serving wounded military service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, PHWFF has expanded nationwide, establishing its highly successful program in Department of Defense hospitals, Warrior Transition Units, and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and clinics.

They provide basic fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and rod building classes, along with clinics participants ranging from beginners who have never fished before, to those with prior fly fishing and tying experience who are adapting their skills to their new abilities. All fly fishing and tying equipment is provided to the participants at no cost. Fishing trips, both one day and multi-day, are also provided free of charge to participants.

Tennessee Wild

Tennessee Wild is a coalition of organizations dedicated to protecting wilderness on the Cherokee National Forest for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations. We aim to educate the public about the benefits of wilderness and promote volunteerism and the sound stewardship of Tennessee’s wild places.

One of the most active and accomplished advocates you could get connected to, TN Wild leads regular outings and trail maintenance trips as a means to create advocates for Tennessee’s wild places.

Little River Watershed


The Little River Watershed Association (LRWA) was formed on March 24, 1998 “to protect and enhance the Little River and its tributaries through mobilizing public support, building public awareness and recommending best management practices.” To accomplish this mission, LRWA performs three roles: advocacy, education and coordination of resources.

Dedicated to protecting, preserving and restoring the Little River Watershed located in Blount County, Tennessee, you’ll regularly see them wading through the river or cleaning it’s banks. LRWA is a dynamic organization with a history of accomplishments, broad community support, an active volunteer base, emerging program areas and a diverse and active board of directors.

Blount Co Habitat For Humanity

Building Houses, Building Hope. In September of 1992, Blount County Habitat for Humanity (BCHFH) was recognized and accepted as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, an ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Currently, BCHFH is building at a rate of ten homes per year — helping to place the state of Tennessee fourth in the nation for Habitat for Humanity new home builds. For more than 20 years BCHFH has led the community in addressing affordable housing.

Appalachian Mountain Bike Club


The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club is a chapter of the South East regional division of IMBA. We are committed to complement the goals and purpose of IMBA. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable trail access for off-road bicyclists and, to maintaining the trails on which mountain bikers ride and other user groups rely on. The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club supports the conservation of open spaces and is committed to educating mountain bicyclists to ride sensitively and responsibly in order to protect the natural environment and the experience of other trail users.

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Protecting an ecosystems isn’t only about toxic waste or polluting ground water it’s realizing that all things are connected in that environment. That means in an area as large and diverse as the Appalachians has many factors to it’s health and well being. The Black Bear plays a significant role in that ecosystem.

Appalachian Bear Rescue promotes the health and well-being of all black bears. We care for orphaned and injured black bear cubs for return to their natural wild habitat; study all aspects of returning cubs to the wild; and educate the public about coexisting with black bears.

Local businesses that share our passion for community we have aligned ourselves with.

Mountain Challenge

MtcChallenge-green-smFounder Bruce Guillaume realized sports not only kept him physically fit, but mentally fit as well. Combining physical elements into his work life began immediately after graduate school. During the early 1980s, this meant using exercise prescriptions with many of his clients.

Not only does Mountain Challenge provide a resource to Maryville College for the student body, they also work with many businesses each year to teach what its’ like to be a team.

They provide high quality, safe outdoor experiences designed to change the world for the better, one person at a time.

Vienna Coffeehouse

VCH-logoA hub in the Maryville, Vienna Coffeehouse is a favorite 3rd place for many in the community. Their dedication to sustainable business practices extends from the sourcing of their beans, to local environmentalism and beyond. You can usually smell when the have the beans roasting. It’s like the bat signal, you’ll want to stop by and get some to take home with you.

Dancing Bear Lodge

dancing-bear_300_9999_fillIf you’re planning a vacation in Townsend, you’re probably going to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Dancing Bear Lodge is your base camp for exploring this spectacular corner of the world. Enjoy the peaceful side of the Smokies.

Bluetick Brewery

images4Bluetick Brewery is developing into every beer lover’s dream and is a reprieve for homebrewers in the area. Bluetick will also be a great environment for your casual beer drinker who inevitably will expand their beer horizons. With a taproom underway using reclaimed barnwood harvested by Bluetick Co-op members, the atmosphere at Bluetick will truly be an expression of its members with an appreciation for its community.

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