TDA increases ad budget by $1M

As presidential hopefuls blitz the airwaves over the coming months to hook undecided voters, the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority will be stepping up its own campaign. The authority’s board voted to increase its spring and summer advertising budget by $1 million, for a total of $12.65 million, during a Jan. 29 meeting. “We considered […]

Down Home Haywood to host its February community organizing meeting

Press release from Down Home Haywood County:   On Feb.15, Down Home Haywood will host its monthly community organizing meeting which is open to all. Chelsea Hoglen, Haywood Chapter Organizer, explains: “We will proceed with the New Year by introducing our new campaigns based on the 2020 priorities that we chose at our January meeting. […]

Buncombe County employs new technologi­es for property revaluatio­n

When the taxman comes calling to inspect each of Buncombe County’s 127,000 individual properties for the purpose of establishing their tax value this year, in many cases he won’t be a man at all.  Reveal 250, a high-definition camera system deployed using flyover technology, and Cyclomedia, a vehicle-based 360-degree measurement system, will be among the […]

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Racial equity and NC’s budding hemp industry

Not everyone is reaping the benefits of the booming industrial hemp sector. Although hard numbers are in short supply, a 2017 survey by the Marijuana Business Daily, a Colorado-based website, found that 81% of cannabis-related business owners nationwide were white. A Thursday, Jan. 9, panel will explore the lack of representation of people of color in the growing industry and some possible solutions.

South Slope developmen­t approved despite traffic concerns

Downtown traffic is about to get a lot worse, according to Asheville City Council member Sheneika Smith.  “Because this project is so massive and we’ve already accommodated for almost 1,000 parking spaces — which is equivalent to, we’ll say, 500 vehicles flowing up and down this major area where our bus terminal is — I […]