Six western North Carolina nonprofits are among 28 state organizations that will share $5.85 million in grants from the N.C. Community Development Initiative over the next three years aiming to spark economic growth and job creation in some of the state’s most distressed areas.
Four years after the economic collapse we’ve dubbed the Great Recession, how is the Western North Carolina economy doing? Mountain BizWorks checked in with some local Chamber of Commerce directors to get their big-picture take on the past year and their predictions for 2013.
Unemployment in the Asheville area dropped to 7.1 percent — among the lowest in the state — in September, as the government, educational, and health sectors gained jobs.
Women in North Carolina have made progress towards equality in recent decades, but significant disparities remain which affect the daily lives of women in North Carolina and in the nation as a whole.
Coming off this week’s cover story on the union organizing drive at the Sitel call center, this is a discussion thread for any topic related to jobs, wages, and working conditions in Asheville.
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.
A complete report from the May 15 meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.
Along with the prospect of a new case of the brews, the Asheville site proposed for New Belgium Brewing Co.’s proposed East Coast facility would get cleaned up.
PRESS RELEASE In conjunction with the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC), New Belgium Brewing Company announced the selection of Asheville, North Carolina, to build its first expansion brewery outside of Fort Collins, Colorado. The nation’s third-largest craft brewer plans to invest $175 million over seven years to build a state-of-the-art brewery in Asheville’s […]
This morning, city officials, crews unloading hay bales, state troopers and Asheville Police were swarming the Craven Street property rumored to be under contract for sale to craft brewer New Belgium. And this afternoon Gov. Perdue’s office announced she’ll come to Asheville Thursday to make an “economic development announcement.”
In these videos, Rep. Patrick McHenry and GOP 10th District primary challenger Ken Fortenberry discuss their approaches to the economy and what should be done to create more jobs.
The U.S. Postal Service will close its Asheville mail processing facility and move its operations to a site in Greenville, S.C., reports WLOS ABC 13.
About 75 department heads, staffers, elected officials and others gathered Feb. 15 to celebrate recent renovations to the Buncombe County Health and Human Services Department building in downtown Asheville.
(Pictured here: Board chair David Gantt and Commissioner Carol Peterson try out a new kids play area in the building’s lobby. Photos by Bill Rhodes)
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners huddled with staff Jan. 31 to discuss past accomplishments and current priorities. Here’s a look at some of the considerable ground they covered during their four-hour retreat.
(Photo by Bill Rhodes)
More than 2,000 seekers flooded employers at Biltmore Square Mall for the annual Homecoming Job Fair.
North Carolina and other states across the country are spending billions of dollars on economic incentives. But a new study released Dec. 14 by Good Jobs First finds that many tax credits, grants and subsidies require little job creation and lack wage and benefit standards. The study by the nonprofit research organization comes amid heated local debate over the effectiveness and fairness of such deals, with the Hendersonville County Board of Commissioners voting just a couple of days ago to approve a massive incentives package for a company rumored to be Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
A survey conducted by employment services ManpowerGroup and published on Forbes magazine’s website rates the Asheville metropolitan area the 13th worst in the country for finding a job, with a net employment outlook of 0 percent.
The Henderson County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing tonight, Dec. 12, to consider granting economic development incentives for a company that wants to open a facility in the county. Will the move pave the way for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to build a massive new facility in the area? (For meeting updates, follow @JakeFrankel via the hashtag #avlbeer.)
Armed with grim statistics on a cloudy day in Western North Carolina, Alexandra Sirota of the N.C. Budget and Tax Center introduced herself on Tuesday morning, Dec. 6, by saying, “Hopefully by the end, we won’t leave you with too much discouragement.”
Less is more, cheaper goods, lower pay and more money to business — that has been the goal of our hedonistic corporate government for decades now [“Identity Theft,” Nov. 30 Xpress]. American flags are made in China. "As American as apple pie" is probably now made from products from anywhere but America. Opinions are squashed […]