Kim Provost, owner of Hunters & Gatherers shop in downtown Brevard, NC, will file to run for a seat on the Brevard City Council in the fall election.
Provost says she believes this is one of the most exciting and pivotal times for Brevard. She said, "I moved here in 1988 and I feel like the city and county have an opportunity right now that they’ve never had before. I believe the decisions that are made in the next few years will decide what our future holds for the next two decades. This is the first time we’ve actually been able to design our future."
Provost believes the key to greater prosperity for Brevard is investing in economic development, thinking creatively for smart solutions and making capital investments in our community. She will be an advocate for building city and county relationships so we can all work together strategically for our entire community.
Provost said she would focus on:
Safeguarding and securing our fresh water for future residential and commercial uses
Simplifying the steps to do business, but upholding strong standards for our community
Making the downtown an economic driver by supporting the Downtown Master Plan, and embracing and capitalizing on our special districts (Rosenwald, Railroad District, Pisgah Forest, Davidson River)
Building on our assets of natural resources, history, music and arts which includes striving for connectivity and walkability throughout our community, including Bracken Mountain, the Music Center and Brevard College
She said, "I want to listen, to serve and to be a partner with our city and county in realizing an amazing future. It’s in our hands.”
Provost created, built and ran a successful business in Transylvania County, Earthshine Mountain Lodge, for 20 years, which served thousands of low income children from western North Carolina and the southeast. For the past seven years, she has run Hunters & Gatherers, a successful business in downtown Brevard which concentrates on selling products made in America.
As a board member of the Transylvania Community Arts Council (1999-2001), Provost created and taught Preschool Art Adventures for 3 years. She served as Board Chair for Family Place of Transylvania County and created and coordinated the Big Wheels Festival Fund Raiser for three years (2002-2004). She is a graduate of the Transylvania Vision Class of 2010. She’s been an active member of committees and organizations downtown for seven years, helped initiate Imagine Brevard and served as President for Heart of Brevard in 2012.
Provost grew up in Michigan and has a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Natural Resources and Outdoor Education and a minor in Business. She has been in the outdoor recreation field her whole life. “When I discovered Transylvania County, I wanted to be one of its outdoor recreation pioneers, so I moved here and with my business partner, Marion Boatwright, built and opened Earthshine Mountain Lodge. We built the first zip line in the United States right here in our county. I understand this area and why it draws outdoor recreation activity, it’s why I moved here. I’ve traveled the whole United States and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.”
Provost, 50, is married to Bob Provost and her son, Spencer, attends Brevard High School. She attends Brevard Community Church. Provost is a champion of downtown Brevard and always shops locally. She will buy everything for her campaign here in the county.
Voter Registration Deadline is October 11. Early voting is October 17 – November 2.
Official Election day is November 5, 2013