Council tackles media contract, Occupy Asheville request tonight

Tonight, a possible community media contract and a request by the Occupy Asheville demonstrators for a curfew exemption are before Asheville City Council.

The city of Asheville approved a request for a community media proposal in June. The finalists, Ponderwell and Xpress, were selected in September. Ponderwell’s proposal received the highest score from an evaluation panel, and staff subsequently recommended to Council that they receive the contact. Council will vote on the matter tonight.

While not on the printed agenda, news emerged yesterday that representatives of the Occupy Asheville demonstrators will request an exemption from city curfew rules to camp in Pack Square Park as part of ongoing protests. City staff will make a presentation on the matter prior to the request, and have discussed the matter with Council via e-mail.

The meeting begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 in Council’s chambers on the second floor of City Hall.

— David Forbes, senior news reporter


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6 thoughts on “Council tackles media contract, Occupy Asheville request tonight

  1. D. Dial

    Ponderwell’s proposal has little to do with the original pitch made by Lauren Bradley at the May 24th Financial Committee meeting.
    Her statements here:

    In her pitch to City Council before issuing the RFP, Lauren Bradley stated that it would be interesting to see what the

  2. Viking

    I can’t image city council will green light this program at present.

  3. Viking


    I just emailed my thoughts on the Ponderwell CMDI proposal and the program generally. It’s not too late to fine tune CMDI!

    The URTV debacle was a tragedy. The Community Media Development Initiative as a great deal of potential. There’s several things that need to be addressed before committing to a solution provider… mainly because this is a community effort.

    One thing I can say in public beyond my critique I sent to city council is I think the term ‘Community Media Development’ does not encompass all the cool things the original COA RFP considered. A ICT platform can get into several levels of civilization. If COA stops, reviews and opens up the process for more community input, we could have a world class community development initiative (certainly using modern ICT/media tools) rolling out late Q1 2012.

  4. luther blissett

    If you think that it’s “re-inventing the wheel”, then clearly it has something to do with the former public access channel.

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