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Local Move to Amend hosts David Cobb Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Jubilee!

Buncombe County activists will host the Move to Amend coalition‘s spokesperson and 2004 Green Party presidential candidate, David Cobb, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., at Jubilee! Community’s Celebration Space in Asheville. Cobb’s stop in Asheville is part of a national tour to raise awareness about corporate influence in U.S. politics following a 2010 […]

Grocery store wars: East Asheville Bi-Lo closing

After opening for business 30 years ago in east Asheville, Bi-Lo is closing its grocery store at 801 Fairview Road. The local closure comes as part of a decision by Jacksonville, Fla.-based parent company Bi-Lo Holdings to close 23 Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie grocery stores across the country. Spokesman Brian Write told Supermarket News that the […]

ONE FOR THE TEAM: In addition to voting to approve new "innovation" districts, Asheville Council members honored the winning team — the local minor-league Tourists baseball team, which who won the 2014 South Atlantic League Championship. Tourists owner Brian DeWine, right of Mayor Esther Manheimer, posed with Council. (photo by Cameron Huntley)

Council approves new innovation districts

Today, Oct. 14, Asheville City Council approved the creation of three municipal service districts (MSD) as a way to finance redevelopment and infrastructural improvements. The three MSDs — what city officials are calling “innovation districts” — will be in the River Arts District, the South Slope Extension and Charlotte Street Corridor. “The areas that have been selected have the opportunity […]

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Visioning a positive future with Transition Asheville

Can you imagine Asheville’s sustainable future? Forty years from now, walking down the streets, what do you see? What are you wearing? What are you eating? What do you hear? What do you smell? What might Asheville’s most positive potential feel like? Can you imagine it? Transition Asheville members asked these questions at their fifth-anniversary potluck and community visioning, […]

Melanie Allen, conservation and diversity coordinator for the Conservation Trust For North Carolina, delivered the keynote address at Everybody's Environment. Photo by Carrie Eidson

‘Everybody’s Environment’ discusses diversity in conservation movements

The Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville hosted the day-long conference “Everybody’s Environment” on Friday, Oct. 10. The event invited staff from local environmental and conversation groups, community organizers and the public to discuss strategies for creating a more inclusive environmental movement, with more diverse staff at environmental organizations and stronger ties to the communities they serve.

Filling vacant positions has been a struggle for the city of Asheville, according to development services director Shannon Tuch, who says that economic growth has increased demand for development specialists across the state. Photo by John Coutlakis

Permit pileup: Following the paper trail for Asheville’s growing food economy

Nicknames like “Beer City USA,” “Foodtopia” and “Paris of the South” all acknowledge Asheville’s increasing significance as a food and drink haven. But for city development officials, keeping pace with the permitting needs of a burgeoning food industry has been a hard bite to swallow. THE RESTAURATEUR’S HOLY GRAIL A certificate of occupancy must be […]

Jeff Lacker (right), president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and Josh Dorfman (left), director of entrepreneurial development at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, shared moderating duties at Wednesday's roundtable, which drew nearly 20 locals. Photo by Kat McReynolds

Tech talk: the Federal Reserve holds an Asheville roundtable

Several representatives from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond gathered in an A-B Tech classroom Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 8, to host a discussion among local business owners. “This has been a fascinating visit for us,” said bank president Jeff Lacker. “It’s a really unique part of our district and country.” The bank serves the Federal Reserve’s […]

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Pawpaw among trees to be planted in Hendersonville

PRESS RELEASE from the Hendersonville Tree Board HENDERSONVILLE – Fruit from the American Pawpaw tree was enjoyed by Native Americans and helped early European settlers survive. It’s sort of mango-meets-the-banana … with a little hint of melon, according to one reviewer of the fruit’s taste. The pawpaw has quite a history. On NPR’s “Morning Edition,” […]

Asheville Transit Committee delves into details that keep public transit rolling

Ever been stuck halfway in and halfway out of an overcrowded bus shelter, pelted by rain and silently cursing a bus that is running behind schedule? Ever feel at such a moment that no one from the city’s transit system much cares about your plight? Fear not, for a committee of people no different from […]

Holding on: Local child services weather funding cuts

Every nonprofit director has a horror story about the perils of relying on outside funding. “It’s a house of cards,” says Jim Barrett, executive director of Pisgah Legal Services. “Stressful,” says John Lauterbach, executive director of Caring for Children. “It’s competitive every year.” “I’ve done WIC for 28 years now,” adds Georganna Cogburn, nutrition program […]

From left to right, Selina, Maya and Carla bring three generations of salt-seeking to their Arden facility. Photo by Kat McReynolds

Motherhood and livelihood: Asheville women juggle multiple roles

Women-owned businesses are on the rise, both nationally and in North Carolina. Locally, women owned 29.3 percent of Asheville’s 12,773 businesses, putting the city above both national and state averages (28.8 percent and 28.2 percent, respectively). Xpress profiles four local women who’ve brought the mother-child dynamic into their self-run enterprises.