At their Oct. 15 meeting, Buncombe Commissioners are set to approve $84,000 in economic incentives for Plasticard-Lockteck International. The deal’s been in the works since last spring, when county officials promised the incentive grants to the company if it expanded operations at its Arden headquarters.
Over 100 business leaders gathered at Pack’s Tavern Oct. 8 to honor several longtime staffers who were recently laid-off by the Asheville Citizen-Times.
At a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 18, city of Asheville staff and police officers met with homeless activists and local nonprofit representatives to discuss a new law enforcement approach that focuses on more arrests in the city’s downtown. Responses varied, ranging from concerns about the impacts of a failing system to criticisms of the Asheville Police Department’s new strategy.
Leaders from a wide cross section of Asheville businesses discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the region’s talent pool at a panel discussion Wednesday hosted by Leadership Asheville.
The state of the Asheville area economy is getting stronger, with job numbers nearing prerecession levels, but wages remain stagnant, according to panelists at the 14th annual Asheville Metro Economy Outlook.
With plans to eventually hire 150 local employees, New Belgium Brewing Co. was again ranked by Outside Magazine as one of the best places to work in the country.
Residents raised a wide variety of issues and concerns with Buncombe County commissioners during a July 9 community meeting in Enka.
In what could be a good sign for the local economy, retail space at the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville is on the verge of being fully occupied for the first time since 2007.
Of the 30 utility-scale solar projects built in the Southeast last year, 21 were in North Carolina. That’s the kind of good news business leaders heard when they gathered June 19 in Asheville to celebrate the successes and discuss the challenges facing the rapidly growing renewable energy industry. (pictured: Ivan Urlaub of the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association; photo by Max Cooper)
Repairing broken streets and sidewalks, our decrepit transit center, updating key maintenance equipment, keeping taxes down — these are all things taking a back seat to funding yet another parking garage in the proposed budget, which allocates $12 million in capital-improvement funds over the next two years to build the parking garage. This action is […]
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.”
In discussions about housing in Asheville government officials, developers, neighborhood activists, and even non-profit representatives are featured in the media. But there’s another group that’s not heard from: people who work in the city and are trying to find a place to live. Xpress wants to hear your stories about that search and its challenges.
North Carolina job growth would be hurt if the Legislature passes House Bill 298. This bill would dismantle the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard established by a bipartisan legislature in 2007. The reason for the REPS was to offer a way for utilities to diversify fuel choices by having a small percentage of […]
In Asheville’s thirst for sustainability, it's easy to forget that a third of the city's workers are low-wage, and in some neighborhoods, survival is the top priority.
It’s not every day that a local small business gets its product tested by a hurricane. But Living Roofs Inc., a local company founded 2006 by Kathryn Blatt Ancaya and Emilio Ancaya, got just that
I won't regale you with stories of an idealized past, laud our many golf courses, or tout our “vibrant” local economy. I'd like to tell a different story. I am a North Carolina native. I've lived my entire life in this state, in every corner, born to a pastor and public-school teacher in the coastal […]
After sharing 42 slides worth of charts, data and graphs, an independent economic consultant speaking to local doctors, health advocates, politicians and board members at the Feb. 22 meeting of the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services made a conclusion: Though the recession started five years ago, the numbers show that Buncombe County still has “a ways to go.” Highlights of the presentation, along with the full presentation, can be found in this post. (Slide image courtesy of SYNEVA Economics)
After President Barack Obama’s visit earlier this week, an inevitable outpouring of attention from the national media followed. Here’s the facts — harsher and more fascinating — that they missed. Photo by Max Cooper.
While the Asheville metropolitan area added jobs in November, unemployment rose as well, according to figures released by the state’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division.
Those on the hunt for a new job should put the 7th Annual Homecoming Job Fair on their schedule.
I totally agree with Thad Eckard's Nov. 28 Opinion piece, “Think Before You Spend.” I agree that paying a living wage to employees is only fair. The minimum-wage rate for retail workers in the field I'm in is no more than $7.50 per hour. That is below poverty-level wage, and you are thinking about which […]