Mountain Xpress is working on a special upcoming issue about Asheville’s new influencers: The next wave of people who are making the city and county a better place to live.
We want nominations from individuals who are embedded in the community to help us identify residents who are creating positive change at the grassroots level.
We’re looking for nominees who’d rather roll up their sleeves than receive an award. We want to make sure we don’t overlook people who are off the radar, the oft-involved but seldom recognized, the young and the new arrivals.
While we appreciate the folks who are often at the forefront when we talk about the area’s most influential people, they already get enough ink. Instead of the popular politician, we’re looking for that unrelenting but overlooked bureaucrat helping to make her department run smoothly for citizens. Rather than focus on the high-profile business leader, we hope to shine a light on the one silently using his resources to help underserved populations. Rather than applaud the school system’s Teacher of the Year, let’s celebrate the service staff member who helps keep the school running and puts a smile on the students’ faces. You get the picture.
Xpress is looking for people in the following categories:
• Civil rights and activism
• Environmental stewardship
Nominating a candidate is easy! Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org:
1. Name of person
2. Name of their organization
3. The person’s role, e.g., whether they volunteer, work for or are the
founder of the organization
4. Category for which you’re nominating the person
5. Nominee’s contact information
6. A brief statement about how you think the person is influencing Asheville
Please send nominations by Friday, Sep. 2.
Our judges will make the final decision and highlight 12 winners in an upcoming issue.