Asheville mayor to moderate panel at N.C. Metro Mayors Coalition meeting

Press release from the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition:

N.C. Metro Mayors Coalition to Meet in Asheville
Big city mayors to discuss strategies for creating regional economic success

Asheville, NC — Mayors from North Carolina’s largest municipalities will gather to discuss strategies for creating regional economic success during their annual meeting luncheon, October 23rd at 11:30 a.m. at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, 31 Woodfin Street.  The event is open to the media.

The luncheon will feature a panel discussion, moderated by Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer. The panel is entitled “Urban Economic Development Done Right in Western NC.”  Panelists include Jay Richardson, General Manager of New Belgium Brewing Company, Oscar Wong, Founder of Highland Brewing, Leah Wong Ashburn, Vice-President of Highland Brewing and Ben Teague, Director of Economic Development for the Asheville Area Chamber.

Luncheon attendees will also hear from Senator Tom Apodaca who will provide a preview of the upcoming 2015 Long Session of the North Carolina General Assembly.

The luncheon is part of the annual meeting held by The N.C. Metro Mayors Coalition to discuss pressing issues facing larger communities in North Carolina. Nancy McFarlane, Mayor of Raleigh, serves as the 2014 Chair of the organization.

The Mayors Coalition has also invited the Buncombe County Legislative Delegation to speak at its breakfast meeting on the 24th from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel.  Media is invited to cover the breakfast meeting as well.  Representatives Nathan Ramsey and Susan Fisher and Senator Terry Van Duyn have confirmed their attendance.

The Metro Mayors Coalition is comprised of mayors from municipalities with populations over 30,000. The Coalition is committed to the growth of North Carolina’s cities and to addressing national and state issues that affect local government.

Founded in 2001, the Coalition promotes the interchange of ideas and experiences among municipal officials for the continued development of urban areas. In addition, the Coalition works with state officials to encourage the expansion of urban areas as livable, environmentally sound, and economically viable.

To learn more about the Metro Mayors Coalition, visit

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