Saltwater Connections is a collaborative of community members and organizations united by a shared common interest in building stronger communities along the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway now and for the future.  The collaborative crafts innovative projects that share and perpetuate the maritime culture of the region, encourage economic diversity, promote community health and wellness, and serve the needs of all residents.

What’s New

  • Vibrant Small Towns and Rural Communities Embrace Art and Self-Expression
    January 25, 2015
    Pablo Picasso said the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. And if you look in small towns and rural places, not just here in America, but across the globe, you will find art and cultural expression in what some might call the most unlikely of places. “Artists have contributed ...
  • Feast Down East Regional Conference is February 6, 2015
    January 25, 2015
    The conference will include an array of workshops for farmers, fishers,  chefs, food buyers and sellers, consumers, foodies, educators, local food advocates, gardeners, public health professionals, urban and regional planners, non-profits and government leaders.For more information and to register visit:
  • Advancing Economic Success
    January 21, 2015
    Leaders across the country are finding, creating and embracing new opportunities to use their local resources in ways that generate better economic prospects for their regions. Among regional, place-rooted institutions, community foundations have a unique position and mission to ensure that regional development efforts produce prosperity that is broadly shared. Advancing Economic Success – Community Foundations ...
  • North Carolina’s Coastal Conference
    January 21, 2015
    Plan to attend North Carolina’s Coastal Conference on April 14, 2015, in Raleigh. Coastal ecosystems and economies are critical to North Carolina. Join discussions to help advance the state’s research, education and economic development opportunities related to our coast. Sessions will highlight expertise from many sectors: Academic Business and Industry Government: Local, State and Federal Community Organizations This event is hosted by ...
  • Coastal Voices News
    January 11, 2015
    Coastal Voices will meet Tuesday, January 20, 2 pm to 4 pm, at Beacon Place at the Hatteras Island Ocean Center Ecology Park in Hatteras Village at milepost 71. Folks interested in oral history and in the maritime heritage of the Outer Banks are invited to attend. Coastal Voices co-manager Barbara Garrity- Blake will review oral history ...
  • Saltwater Connections Launches Outer Banks Heritage Trails Website
    January 1, 2015
    Harkers Island, North Carolina (January 1, 2015) – Saltwater Connections has announced an opportunity for public sites and commercial businesses located in the 21 communities along the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway to be included on the Outer Banks Heritage Trails website ( The website complements the printed trails brochure identifying more than 40 public sites ...
  • How to Write a Blog Post: A Simple Formula
    January 1, 2015
    You’ve probably heard how paramount blogging is to the success of your marketing. Without it, your SEO will tank, you’ll have nothing to promote in social media, you’ll have no clout with your leads and customers, and you’ll have fewer pages to put those oh-so-valuable calls-to-action that generate inbound leads. Need I say more? So why, oh ...

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