On Monday, March 9, The News & Observer posted a story on Durham’s new living wage certification program — titled the Durham Living Wage Project, citing Asheville’s Just Economics as its model.
A student contribution from the Kids Issue.
The organization has been running a pop-up food pantry and food security effort out of three locations in Black Mountain since 2012 but has been looking for a way to expand its reach since last spring.
In February, N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory’s office issued a brief statement announcing eight new board appointments for the North Carolina Arts Council. None of those eight were from any of Western North Carolina’s 28 counties. What’s more, only three of the board’s existing members are from the region, prolonging the age-old divide between Raleigh and the western part of the state.
The “largest locally-run sustainability conference in the Southeast” returned to Asheville this past weekend, offering attendees the opportunity to learn about a variety of gardening, homesteading and commercial farming topics from a wide-range of experts.
In addition to regular updates by Mark Barrett with the Asheville Citizen-Times, there are two locally based sources for getting a fix on the news in Raleigh, where North Carolina legislators meet — one from former Mountain Xpress editor Nelda Holder and the other from the nonprofit, online media source Carolina Public Press.
Here’s a sneak-peak at the March 10 meeting of Asheville’s city council.
Accelerating Appalachia has chosen eight regional nature-based luminaries to participate in its 2015 cohort — Ecological Services Markets, Green River Picklers, Grow Journey, Harvest Moon Grille, Joseph Adams, ORB Technologies, River Island Apothecary and Smiling Hara Tempeh.
Xpress sat down with Jane Hatley, western regional director of Self-Help Credit Union, who says Asheville’s local economy stands out as a positive, entrepreneurial role model for economic development.
Hatley’s intersecting passions, which hinge on promoting local-mindedness and “the idea that all of us together form this economy,” led her to organize the Bringing It Home economic conference.
North Carolina could conceivably be one of the next states to legalize marijuana use for medicinal purposes, according to a report by higherperspective.com.
From Ed Whitfield’s keynote speech, “A Logical New Approach to Community Development,” to a panel on sources for local funding, there’s something for everyone at the March 18 Bringing It Home conference. Here’s a look at the main sessions and speakers.
All are invited to attend a new conference in Asheville, Bringing It Home: Building a Local Economy for Everyone. The event will be held Wednesday, March 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Haynes Center at A-B Tech’s Enka campus.
At the March 3 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting, row after row of young attendees equipped with swim goggles waited to hear news on the Zeugner Center pool and the promise of a new aquatic facility.
And they didn’t have to wait long for their questions to be answered.
The interactive forum will explore cutting-edge opportunities for strengthening Western North Carolina’s economy, making the oft-daunting topic of collective prosperity intelligible, applicable and, dare we say it, enjoyable for presenters and attendees alike.
The city’s local push has transformed from mere trend to full-fledged movement, a move that now seems natural, but how did local businesses get whipped into such a unified front?
At its March 3 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners plans to hear four rezoning requests — three near Weaverville and one in Swannanoa.
From The Get It! Guide: The traditional view of business is severely limiting, if not destructive. To address today’s greatest challenges, we need to harness the power of business as a force for good.
From the Get It! Guide: Government is pervasive and omnipresent that it may be easy to think that an individual voice will not be heard. But Timothy Sadler doesn’t think that’s the case — in fact, he says, getting involved in local government is just a matter of learning the ropes.