Although the region’s technology sector is relatively small, local tech entrepreneurs take pride in their Asheville-inflected approach to business. The firms flourishing here combine a devotion to quality with a sense of social responsibility, aiming to make up for their modest proportions in societal impact.
The city used a scoring system to winnow the field of applicants, but at least one council member questions the fairness of that approach.
“Wilma Dykeman’s shadow covered all of us and inspired us to speak out and support citizens who were becoming more and more concerned about water quality, air quality, land use, land conservation, forest management, etc., in our mountain area.”
Jackson County, home to Western Carolina University, has no domestic violence shelter, but efforts to combine federal dollars and other funding are working to change that.
Black Mountain hopes to extend the life of a 90-year-old earthen dam using $300k from its share of federal American Rescue Plan Act money.
Western North Carolina is a mountain biking hub on the East Coast. And demand for new trails is high. Since the beginning of the pandemic, mountain biking has skyrocketed in popularity nationwide.
“Kids’ hearts and minds are at stake, and it is not just the gay and brown ones; the richness of truth, the beauty of a diverse world is denied to every single child when gag orders are placed on shared histories and ways of being.”
The city in North Carolina’s rainiest county is putting much of its federal American Rescue Plan Act funds toward stormwater infrastructure.
“Perhaps slash-and-burn capitalism has succeeded in changing Asheville where Raleigh hasn’t.”
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“Residents’ health shouldn’t have to suffer when there are practical alternatives to open burning.”
The state’s relief comes from the $46 billion Congress approved through federal stimulus. The assistance was created to curb evictions due to widespread income loss at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Xpress recently caught up with Renée White about her latest community award, as well as her ongoing work within her neighborhood and the need for community involvement.
“Development in places with preexisting infrastructure is a crucial strategy for combating sprawl.”
Eighteen nonprofits aiding mountain residents with services like housing, diapers, food, the arts, education and advocacy receiving more than $13.9 million of Buncombe County’s ARPA funding.
Many areas of rural mountains in NC have limited internet access or people are forced to rely on satellites. Infusion of funds may change that.
The Southern Environmental Law Center plans to file an objection over acreage perceived as being left at risk under U.S. Forest Service plan for Western North Carolina’s national forests.
Porsha Carter of SILSA’s Glitter Sisters discusses working together with fellow women of color to build each other up.
Trinity Brown, co-president of Mars Hill University’s National Organization for Women chapter, discusses creating the campus group, feminism’s global nature and her ongoing work.
Cara Bridgman, a senior at Warren Wilson College who’s studying social work and outdoor and interfaith leadership, shares her thoughts on “pink suit” jobs and the importance of inclusion.
Rebecca Hart, a senior at Western Carolina University and the student body president speaks to the leadership roles that women hold at WCU, the goals of inclusivity and the threats women face on campuses across the nation.