This year’s Moogfest generated $14 million for Buncombe County, according to an analysis by the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. The five-day April event injected $696,000 back into the local and state tax base, with the report concluding that Moogfest provided a return that more doubled the $180,000 in local government incentives provided […]
Some of Asheville’s brightest entrepreneurial thinkers came together May 15 to pitch ventures that could transform the human experience.
The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is hoping to build bridges between the local business community and state lawmakers April 25 at its annual Legislative Luncheon.
A free new Web portal, Asheville Arts Alive, launched March 21, aiming to help local artists connect with tourists and their dollars.
Tourists spend about $1.5 billion in Buncombe County every year and the fourth annual Creative Sector Summit will explore opportunities for local artists to raise that number and better benefit from it. The series of panel discussions, workshops and other events will unfold Thursday-Sunday, March 20-23, at venues throughout downtown Asheville.
The freezing temperatures didn’t stop North Carolina Treasurer Janet Cowell from laying out her take on the state of the economy, or prevent a crowd, including many local notables, from showing up to hear, and ask questions. She praised Asheville’s strong economy and “human capital” but noted challenges with infrastructure and state revenue. Photo by Alicia Funderburk
If you’re looking for a new job, the Economic Development Coalition and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce want to help. They’re holding the 8th Annual Homecoming Job Fair Jan. 8 at the Davis Event Center in the WNC Agricultural Center.
The tourism industry already brings in $2.3 billion annually to Buncombe County. That’s up from roughly $183 million 30 years ago. But to continue to grow local visitation, government officials and business owners need to “anticipate trends that are shaping the future,” says Mike Konzen, a leading global consultant.
About 150 community leaders gathered Dec. 11 to discuss Asheville’s strengths as a tourism destination, learn about new projects in the works, and share ideas for the future.
State, local and company officials met today, Nov. 14, to break ground on GE Aviation’s new 170,000-square-foot Asheville facility, being built next to an existing GE Aviation machining plant in South Asheville.
The Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County announced June 17 that GE Aviation is planning a major expansion of local operations, putting an end to months of speculation about a deal that had been known as “Project X.”
Asheville made another top ten list today, but this one’s not going to please the local chamber of commerce.
Why is it that when big business asks for something, you're always ready to give it? First, it was 51 Biltmore, then it was [approval for another] McKibbon hotel facing the Basilica of St. Lawrence. Now the businessmen want a new "tax district" so they can have my tax money funneled to them directly. Now, […]
Not surprisingly, jobs and the economy were premiere topics at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s candidate forum on Thursday. But in no time at all, education and local government control — the Asheville water system being the prime example — also bobbed to the top.
Any way you don’t like it?
At its meeting tonight, Feb. 28, Asheville City Council will consider changes to signage rules, as well as a rezoning necessary for the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce to sell space to a Lenoir-Rhyne University satellite campus.
The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce has signed a contract to sell 45 percent of the Chamber of Commerce building at 36 Montford Ave. to Lenoir-Rhyne University, to be used as the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, according to an announcement today from Chamber CEO Kit Cramer.
A-B Tech administrators, teachers and students joined with community leaders Sept. 12 to launch “Jobs for the Future,” a campaign on behalf of a 0.25 percent sales-tax increase to fund capital improvements at the school. Photos by Jerry Nelson
This afternoon, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and local artist Jonas Gerard unveiled “Electric Mantra,” a painted steel sculpture which Gerard has gifted to the Asheville Visitor Center.
The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce has named its 2011-2012 board of directors and appointed LaVoy Spooner, external affairs regional director at AT&T North Carolina, as chairman.
Xpress freelancer Anne Fitten Glenn interviews Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Kit Cramer and Ben Teague, executive director of the Economic Development Coalition.