“’Economic development’ is a proven strategy of neoliberalism, getting people to feel grateful for a small payoff in jobs after their wealth and prosperity have been stolen by austerity policies.”
“And we sure do not need to spend tax dollars to subsidize this Raytheon plant.”
“Couldn’t we wait for something like a company making turbines for windmills and tidal power or offer incentives to aid sustainable businesses instead?”
At their next meeting on Jan. 27, Asheville City Council members will consider economic incentive deals with White Labs, Highland Brewing and Tutco Farnam. Before voting, Council will hold public hearings to solicit feedback. Here are details on each proposed deal: White Labs A leader in the fermentation sciences industry, White Labs specializes in creating yeasts […]
After a major water line break that flooded the 6th floor of City Hall and put a stop (for now) to elevator service, Asheville Council members will hold their Tuesday, Jan. 13, meeting in the U.S. Cellular Center’s banquet hall.
On Tuesday, May 20, Buncombe County will consider a request from Moogfest for $250,000 in public funding to produce the technology, art and music festival again next year.
Buncombe County is set to unveil a plan to curb domestic violence as well as give BorgWarner $1.92 million in grants to help the company expand local operations.
Buncombe County commissioners will hold a special May 14 meeting to consider offering a big economic incentive deal to an undisclosed company, called “Project X” in related documents.
After President Barack Obama’s visit earlier this week, an inevitable outpouring of attention from the national media followed. Here’s the facts — harsher and more fascinating — that they missed. Photo by Max Cooper.
At its first meeting of the year, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved giving Reich, LLC, a German metal working company, $350,000 in county economic incentive grants to help fund expansions at its local facility in the Vista Industrial Park in Avery’s Creek.
Economic incentives, property reappraisal, longevity pay and more are on the Aug. 7 meeting agenda of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.
After a Dec. 14 meeting with the CEO of the California-based brewer Sierra Nevada, Asheville brewer Ken Schaller confirms that the company is looking at a 50-acre site on the French Broad River and that local brewers feel a bit more comfortable with the prospect. (photo by Max Cooper)
Tonight, Dec. 12, Henderson County commissioners voted to offer a $3.75 million economic-incentive package for an unnamed company; word is, that company is California-based craft brewer Sierra Nevada. (***This post was updated at 9:18 p.m. with more from the meeting***)
The Henderson County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing tonight, Dec. 12, to consider granting economic development incentives for a company that wants to open a facility in the county. Will the move pave the way for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to build a massive new facility in the area? (For meeting updates, follow @JakeFrankel via the hashtag #avlbeer.)
With rumors flying about local governments’ closed sessions on economic development (a New Belgium brewery?), government incentives for private business are once again in the news. Whether they’re spat on as “corporate welfare” or lauded as “job creation,” they remain controversial as ever.
I have two pressing questions today: How did I get on the email list of the United Soybean Board, and is a deal with New Belgium Brewing the latest economic-development incentive package being discussed in closed session by both the Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners?
With the economy in the doldrums and real estate market in the pits, this might a great time to pick up a bargain. But for a new industrial plant? And is real estate investment the proper role of our county government?