Local business owners raised their voices and things got, by the moderator’s own admission, “a little out of hand” at Friday morning’s Council of Independent Business Owners meeting when it came to the issue of graffiti. With the district attorney, city leaders and a state representative on hand, opinions differed — sometimes sharply — on possible solutions and who should foot the bill.
The Council of Independent Business Owners has been called a lot of things over the years.
Few could argue that the nonprofit — whose members serve on such powerful public bodies as Asheville’s City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission, the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency’s board and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners — lacks influence. But how far does it reach? And does the group still have the kind of impact that it did in the past?
Kelly Martin of the Western North Carolina Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal initiative spoke at the Council of Independent Business Owners’ Friday, Feb. 7, meeting to address future goals and investments that could help wean the region off coal energy dependency.
The five Asheville City Council candidates squared off at the Council of Independent Business Owners’ forum yesterday afternoon as this year’s campaign entered its final stretch. Many of the topics discussed had been dealt with at previous forums, with some exceptions. In this case, the candidates questioned each other, and spoke frankly about their thoughts on development and NIMBYism.
Over biscuits and gravy this morning, city officials talked to the Council of Independent Business Owners about attempts to change the way development is regulated in West Asheville, and shifting the way they do economic development to better help small businesses.
The stages and the supporters could not have been more different for the Asheville Mayoral candidates yesterday: A power lunch at Magnolia’s Bar & Grille sponsored by the more conservative Council of Independent Business Owners and an evening forum at the Odyssey Ceramic Arts Studio hosted by the multimodal-minded group Asheville On Bikes. (Photos by Max Cooper)
From Mission Hospital’s aging facilities to Charlotte Street’s troublesome traffic, proposed and potential development plans in two different sectors ruled conversation during a breakfast meeting of the Council of Independent Business Owners on Friday, Sept. 6. (Photo of Mission Hospital’s Brian Moore by Caitlin Byrd)
Gov. Pat McCrory spoke to the Council of Independent Business Owners this afternoon, asserting he was “stepping on some toes” to lower taxes and make the state run more like a business.
Freshman Rep. Mark Meadows met with a group of local business leaders April 30 and shared some scalding thoughts on what he’s encountered during his first few months in Congress.
At a five-hour hearing conducted by the North Carolina Utilities Commission last night, every speaker except those representing the Council of Independent Business Owners and Biltmore Farms objected to rate hikes proposed by Progress Energy. The speakers’ reasons for opposition ranged from the impact of the rate increases on the working poor to projected environmental damage. Photo by Max Cooper
U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R) addressed about 100 business leaders, elected officials and others the Feb. 21 at the Council of Independent Business Owners luncheon in Asheville. (photo by Max Cooper)
The full seven member Buncombe County Board of Commissioners held its first meeting since the election on Feb. 5, setting the stage for how they will conduct business for the rest of the year.
Tweets, photos and more from the Jan. 4 CIBO “issues” breakfast. Topics focused on issues the North Carolina legislature will face in the coming year, and local school security measures after the Sandy Hook shooting. (Photo of Buncombe County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin by Max Cooper)
Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger and challenger Pat Cothran traded sometimes tense words this morning during a Council of Independent Business Owners forum. Cothran repeatedly targeted Reisinger’s experience, while he claimed a record of improvement and questioned if she had specific plans to update its practices.
The Buncombe County candidates running for seats in N.C. House districts 115 and 116 faced off at a Sept. 27 forum organized by the Council of Independent Business Owners. Candidates were asked a range of questions, giving them a chance to show where they stood on issues like Asheville’s water system, jobs, education and more. Roughly 75 people attended the forum. Here’s a look at the event in words, photos and videos as it unfolded, via Storify. (photo by Max Cooper)
Whether it was talk about the tax revaluation facing Buncombe County or the new tax rates coming from the Affordable Care Act, presentations at the Sept. 7 Council of Independent Business Owners breakfast focused on how these changes could impact the wallets of local business owners. These are the highlights. (Photo of Scott Huges, above, and Gary Roberts by Caitlin Byrd)
Lt. Governor Walter Dalton told Asheville business leaders Aug. 10 that he would bring a more “balanced approach” to the governor’s desk then his Republican opponent, Pat McCrory.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton is speaking to the Council of Independent Business Owners in Asheville on Aug. 10 at Magnolias Raw Bar & Grill, starting at about 12:30 p.m.
Speaking in Asheville, June 15, Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory told the Council of Independent Business Owners that he wants to cut regulations and taxes to help spur economic development in North Carolina.
N.C. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis spoke to the Council of Independent Business Owners in Asheville on March 22, updating them on the majority party’s accomplishments and goals.
(Photo by Bill Rhodes)
APD’s new police chief William Anderson and Sheriff Van Duncan talk law enforcement at the March 1 Council of Independent Business Owners luncheon. (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)