A component of the retreat was asking council members and the public to reflect upon important civic accomplishments of 2014.

Asheville Council retreat gathers informatio­n on economics, affordabil­ity and quality of life

Asheville City Council members unveiled their 2015 strategic operating plan Jan. 30, collecting data on three focus areas: economic growth and sustainability, affordability and economic mobility and high quality of life. Affordability in Asheville was high on the topic list. “Affordability is definitely a trigger word. We’re struggling with that in this community,” said Mayor Esther Manheimer. […]