White Labs hopes to transform 172 S. Charlotte St. from a 26,000 square foot storage facility into a 32,000 square foot production facility, complete with a tasting room and classroom. The company is requesting city incentives to make it happen. Rendering courtesy of White Labs.

Asheville Council considers incentive deals with White Labs, Highland Brewing, Tutco Farnam

At their next meeting on Jan. 27, Asheville City Council members will consider economic incentive deals with White Labs, Highland Brewing and Tutco Farnam. Before voting, Council will hold public hearings to solicit feedback. Here are details on each proposed deal: White Labs A leader in the fermentation sciences industry, White Labs specializes in creating yeasts […]

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Venture Asheville presents ‘Pitch for Pitchers’ Jan. 14

Aiming to cultivate entrepreneurial energy, Venture Asheville has started a new event series dubbed “Pitch for Pitchers.” An entrepreneurship initiative of the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, Venture Asheville recently got a shout-out in a Popular Mechanics story that ranked Asheville the second best start-up city in […]

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Low-income taxpayers pay nearly twice the rate of high-income taxpayers in NC

According to a study from the The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and the Budget & Tax Center, North Carolinians with the lowest income pay more than 40 percent more in taxes (as a percent of their income) compared to the state’s wealthiest residents. The ITEP even calls the state and local tax system “unfair,” […]

BOYS AND BEER: "When I was a kid, my parents had two auto body shops, and I have three older brothers. I am quite comfortable in a male-dominated field," says MetroWines' new beer specialist Anita Riley. Photo courtesy of Riley

Q&A with MetroWines’ womencentr­ic beer program pioneer Anita Riley

In Beer City, USA, even wine stores specialize in brews — at least MetroWines will upon launching into beer territory this month. Pioneered by local home brewer Anita Riley, the expansion will feature an in-store beer section along with an online component entitled Brewing up a Storm — a first-of-its-kind blog “focusing on women in […]

JOB SEEKERS: BY one measure, unemployment is down in North Carolina, and Asheville's got one of the lowest rates in the state (4.1 percent). But if count those who've dropped out of the market or are underemployed, the statewide rate is higher than 12 percent. Photo by Bill Rhodes

Job statistics don’t tell the whole story for local economy

On Nov. 21, Gov. Pat McCrory’s office released a statement saying that all of the jobs North Carolina lost during the Great Recession — some 62,000 positions — had been gained back. Not long after, local unemployment numbers started coming in, showing that Asheville had the lowest unemployment numbers among the North Carolina metro areas at […]