Welcome New Workforce Director Misty Bishop-Price

The High Country Council of Governments (HCCOG) and the High Country Workforce Development Board have selected Misty Bishop-Price to lead workforce development initiatives and programs in its seven (7) county region.  As the High Country Workforce Development Board (HCWDB) Director, she will be responsible for over $1 million in funding provided to the High Country Local Area of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey counties in northwestern North Carolina under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

In addition to overseeing the appropriate use of funds, Bishop-Price will assist the HCWDB with implementing plans to further the mission and goals of the board.

HCWDB Chair Jeff Dreyer said, “I’m so excited to see Misty in this new role.  Her dedication to and experience with workforce in the High Country will no doubt equal success for all.”

A native of Wilkes County, Bishop-Price received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Appalachian State University.  She most recently served as the NCWorks Operations Manager for the HCWDB as well as the regional NCWorks Online Super User and Co-Chair of the NC Youth Leads committee.  She enjoys time with her family with weekends consisting of ball games and rodeos with her two daughters.

Julie Wiggins, Executive Director for the High Country Council of Governments stated, “Misty steps into this role with a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as a clear commitment to the workforce needs of our region.  She has been an integral member of the workforce department and the COG organization for over 21 years.”