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 […]
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 […]
The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority held its monthly board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Items on the agenda included a first look at the new Foodtopia marketing campaign and a study recommending changes to the Tourism Product Development Fund.
Xpress freelancer Anne Fitten Glenn interviews Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Kit Cramer and Ben Teague, executive director of the Economic Development Coalition.
At its Feb. 16 “We’re for Business” luncheon, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of various awards — from Clean Streak to Charlotte Street computers, from “innovative” to “over the top” with customer service.
Xpress staff reporter Michael Muller interviews Sam Powers, General Manager of the Civic Center and Director of Economic Development for the City of Asheville. In this exclusive video, Powers takes Xpress viewers on a guided tour and explains some of the changes coming to the 35-year old downtown institution.
The Asheville Chamber of Commerce held its annual “We’re for Business” luncheon on Tuesday and honored local employers in several categories.
Better health care, getting Google and taking tourism to “the viral world” were all topics of discussion at a meeting today between the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and city officials.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation on Wednesday announced its decision to delay the construction of the long-awaited I-26 connector project one year — until 2014 — to further study impacts in the area. NCDOT will also include the locally developed Alternative 4b in its studies and try to reduce one of the project’s most controversial features — its impact on the Burton Street neighborhood. However, the Asheville Design Center, who developed 4b, say that NCDOT shut them out of the decision.
Expounding the state of the nation’s crippled economy to a room full of the area’s top employers and revenue generators is no picnic. But that’s what state Sen. Martin Nesbitt and Reps. Susan Fisher, Bruce Goforth, Jane Whilden and Ray Rapp did at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative luncheon on Feb. 20. […]
Council jumps aboard economic-stimulus train Foreclosures spur grant application Development planned for Sulphur Springs property Pet crematory tabled Council member Kelly Miller caused a stir during the Asheville City Council’s Jan. 27 meeting when, backed up by the city attorney, Miller declined to recuse himself from a vote on asking state legislators for permission to […]
Amid questions and calls from audience members to come to an agreement, including one to end “this bulls**t,” Asheville City Council member Brownie Newman and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Rick Lutovsky squared off at an Leadership Asheville Forum debate over different plans for the controversial I-26 connector.
Backed up by the city’s attorney at Asheville City Council’s Jan. 27 meeting, Council member and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce VP Kelly Miller declined to recuse himself from a motion to include a hotel/motel tax request on Council’s legislative agenda.
Cecil Bothwell, who recently announced his candidacy for Asheville City Council, is calling for a demonstration outside Wednesday’s I-26 debate at the Buncombe County Board of Education.
Two ardent supporters of two very different plans for the controversial I-26 connector, Asheville City Council member Brownie Newman and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Rick Lutovsky, will make their cases on Wednesday at an Asheville Leadership Forum luncheon.
In a tense 3-2 vote at their Jan. 6 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners endorsed alternative 3, a controversial route for the Interstate 26 connector through Asheville. “My late grandfather worked hard for that home”: Burton Street resident Stephen Waters, who said he will lose his family home if Alternative 3 is selected, […]
As the city of Asheville continues to explore legal ways to rein in predatory towing (see “No Parking”, Dec. 10, 2008 Xpress), the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce may take the issue to downtown property owners. At a Jan. 6 meeting with Asheville City Council members, Chamber President and CEO Rick Lutovski proposed that his […]
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Richard Lutovsky told Xpress today that despite concerns raised about the Alternative 3 proposal for the I-26 connector, he still feels it is “best for the community in general” and superior to the Asheville Design Center’s Alternative 4b.
Alternative 3, a plan for the future I-26 connector backed by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and some Buncombe County commissioners, would demolish about 25 houses in the predominantly African-American Burton Street neighborhood, leaving 13 others nearby facing a sound wall.
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The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a new perk to its members—and hopefully a boon to cash-strapped consumers looking for deals. Value added: SaveinAsheville.com is the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s attempt not only to help member merchants but to give consumers ways to save in a tight economy. A new chamber Web […]