Mountain BizWorks invites local women in business to submit business plans for a chance to win $70,000. Interested applicants must submit a business plan for a product or service that will measurably improve the lives of women and families. Suggested businesses also should be able to be commercialized and should fit a need in the marketplace. […]
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Asheville/Buncombe Housing Summit date announced
The Asheville/Buncombe Housing Summit will be held on Monday, November 16th from 2 to 5 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Center Banquet Hall. Laura Clark, executive director of Renaissance West Community Initiative (www.rwci.org), a Charlotte-based nonprofit focused on the redevelopment of the former Boulevard Homes public housing site into a mixed-use community. The summit will focus […]
City announces new board openings
The City of Asheville today announced new board openings on various committees. The deadline for applying for any of these opportunities is Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. For more details on how to apply, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 259-5601 or by e-mail at email@example.com. ABC BOARD – The members oversee the operation and administration […]
Lindsey Simerly Website: lindseyforcouncil.org Employment: Manager, WE DO campaign, Campaign for Southern Equality Party affiliation: Democrat Previous candidacy: Ran for Asheville City Council in 2007 NEW! Notable endorsements: Sierra Club, AFL-CIO WNC Central Labor Council, N.C. Police Benevolent Association, Equality NC, Commissioner Brownie Newman, Commissioner Holly Jones, Commissioner Ellen Frost, Sheriff Van Duncan, District Attorney […]
Rich Lee Website: richleeforasheville.com Employment: Financial adviser at Edward Jones Party affiliation: Democrat NEW! Notable endorsements: State representative Susan Fisher, former mayor Ken Michalove, architect Michael McDonough, business owners Tim Schaller (Wedge Brewery), Lynn Foster (Buffalo Nickel), Tonico Vanalli, Chiquie Estrada (Casa Bambini), Franzi Charen (Hip Replacements), Jenna Yarosh, Cathy Cleary, Mike Moore, Rebecca Hecht, Rosetta […]
Mission Hospital tower approved; representatives appointed to TDA
At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Mission Hospital presented plans for one of the largest building projects ever contemplated for Asheville — a 12-story, 681,000 square foot tower at 509 Biltmore Avenue. Intended to replace the aging St. Joseph’s facility on the opposite side of the street, the new facility will include an all-new Emergency Department, […]
City Council to hear input on new 12-story tower at Mission Hospital
Mission Hospital’s proposed mammoth tower complex at 509 Biltmore Avenue looks likely to overshadow the handful of other agenda items at City Council’s next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
Manheimer: bring all voices to the table
At the annual State of the City luncheon, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer referenced the voices of Asheville citizens “from all walks of life” as frequently as she cited experts and economic studies. Manheimer said, “The job of your City Council is to hear the voice of the people — their words, their views, their vision —and use those to create […]
Update: City will release new RFP for transit system management
By Thursday, the city must either announce its intent to issue a Request for Proposals for the management contract that runs Asheville’s bus service — or extend the existing contract with the current entity, First Transit, for another year.
Bothwell: Poll says 86 percent of Asheville voters support park
In a press conference across the street from the so-called “Pit of Despair,” Asheville City Councilman and Buncombe County Board of Commissioners candidate Cecil Bothwell said this morning that a poll conducted by his campaign shows that 86 percent of likely Asheville voters favor a park on the city-owned parcel opposite the Basilica of St. Lawrence and the U.S. Cellular Center.
Council revises rules on affordable housing incentives
Asheville City Council discussed the city’s new AAA rating, a land use revision, extending the living wage and zoning changes for affordable housing at the Tuesday, Sept. 22 regular meeting.
Ken Michalove Employment: Retired Party affiliation: Registered unaffiliated, votes in democratic primaries Previous candidacy: Former Asheville mayor and city manager What are three achievable goals that you would champion in the next two years? I would cut the tax rate by 3 1/2 cents. I would review two key planning documents (the Five Year Capital […]
Joe Grady Website: joegrady.com Employment: Sales specialist & Community Commander at Best Buy, Former Keller Williams real estate broker; former City Council member in North Canton, Ohio. Party affiliation: Registered unaffiliated, has voted in a democratic primary Previous candidacy: Not in Asheville; was top vote-getter for 3 years in Ohio What are three achievable goals […]
Patagonia exec shares his company’s environmental & sustainability lessons
UPDATED with video coverage. Asheville is known for many things, but high-powered morning business events don’t usually top the list. Even restaurant owners and other night-owl local entrepreneurs can turn out early, however, when a not-to-be-missed business luminary comes to town.
City Council agenda a mixed bag of zoning, incentives, board and commission matters
From the reuse of the historic Patton-Parker House on Charlotte Street to the city’s acquisition of 30 new “conducted electrical weapons” — you may know them better by the brand name “Taser” — Tuesday’s City Council meeting will cover diverse territory.
City Council candidate meet and greet on Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m. at YWCA
Meet and mingle with City Council candidates on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 6-8 p.m. at the YWCA on South French Broad Street. All candidates in the primary election for Asheville City Council have been invited to set up a table and meet informally with community members. Candidates will also have an opportunity to give a […]
The meows have it: Council approves cat café
Seven meows in favor (and no “arfs” against) carried the motion to approve a new zoning use in Asheville’s Central Business District — the cat café. The proposed cat adoption center and café will expand Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s efforts into the heart of downtown. In view of the many dog-centric businesses in the city, cat owner and Councilman Cecil Bothwell said this cat-oriented attraction is “long overdue.”
Asheville City Council to consider cat café
At its Tuesday, Sept. 8 meeting, Asheville City Council is set to consider plenty of real estate development projects — including one of the warm, fuzzy variety.
City Council grapples with Homestays, raises fines on short-term rental violations
From real estate investors to neighborhood advocates to homeowners trying to make ends meet, just about everyone in Asheville has a dog in the ongoing fight over short-term vacation rentals. At the Tuesday, Aug. 25 Asheville City Council meeting, citizens representing a variety of viewpoints crowded City Hall.
Buskers to City: Don’t put art in a box
The streets and squares of Asheville were quieter than usual on the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 24. Despite brilliant sunshine and pleasant temperatures, some of the city’s best-known street performers crowded into a meeting room to give City Council members an earful about proposed busking regulations in three high-traffic areas downtown.
Asheville City Council increases fines for short-term rental violations
City Council packed its chamber and then some on Tuesday, Aug. 25 as it heard public comment on two hot topics: proposed changes to the rules for Homestay guest accommodations and increased fines for violations of the city’s existing prohibition on short-term housing rentals (STRs).