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Mountain Xpress grabs first-place awards in NC Press Associatio­n awards

Mountain Xpress won first place in two categories in this year’s N.C. Press Awards: Education Reporting and General Excellence for Newspaper Websites. Carrie Eidson earned first in the Education Reporting category for “The ‘Good Kids’ School,” which highlighted the teens at Community High School in Swannanoa. “There are good things happening at Community High,” Eidson reported […]

Local EDC responds to report, criticism of JDIG incentives program

The following response is from Ben Teague, executive director of the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County, who has completed more than $1 billion in economic development projects in Western North Carolina over the past six years, and Andrew Tate, President & CEO of the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development. They’re responding to the NC Justice […]

The numbers are in: from left to right, A-B Tech President Dennis King, UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary Grant, and WCU Chancellor David Belcher.

WNC colleges return $2 billion to economy, most staying in region

Local area colleges are touting just how much they pump back into the economy: $2 billion in the 2012-2013 fiscal year through the combined impact of payroll, operational, construction and research expenditures by the universities and community colleges, and the spending habits of their students, visitors, and alumni. The data comes from a new comprehensive […]

Conference homes in on WNC’s local economy

The Self-Help Credit Union, in conjunction with dozens of local sponsors, is hosting a conference on our local economy. Entitled “Bringing it Home: Building a Local Economy for Everyone,” the daylong conference will explore local-centric ways to grow the Western North Carolina economy. The event will be held at the Harvey L. Haynes Conference Center […]

"This is about looking at the world in a different way: as our responsibility rather than our resource." -Adrian Zelski, founder/CEO New Earth Muziq

Revolution in the air: Asheville businesses gather to discuss B Corps

On the night of Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the theater at New Mountain AVL, revolution was in the air — and it looked like a packed room of excited business owners and entrepreneurs eating organic hummus, drinking kombucha and having a conversation perhaps uncommon for networking events: what they stood for and how to achieve their”ambitions” of doing good in the world.

Xpress' interactive maps use privilege license data from the City of Asheville to plot areas of relatively concentrated brick-and-mortar business development. All maps created by Kyle Kirkpatrick

Location, location, location: Asheville’s 2014 brick-and-mortar business developmen­t by the maps

Where were Asheville’s “hot spots” for brick-and-mortar businesses in 2014? Despite ample buzz about growth in downtown’s South Slope, local development was surprisingly modest, according to an Xpress analysis of city data. A heat map created by Xpress Web developer Kyle Kirkpatrick shows that downtown areas just north of Patton Avenue have been 2014’s most dense hot spots. Small but noticeable pockets of development […]

What are the health insurance options for mind, body and spirit?

If you seek nontraditional health care, such as integrative or complementary approaches, does insurance cover it? Although the vast majority of such services are paid out of pocket, there are some exceptions and signs of change for the future. “I know that there is a trend in that direction, when you’re talking about integrative medicine […]

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,” […]