It’s impossible to walk in downtown Asheville without receiving the message loud and clear: This city supports its local businesses. Locally based brands like Spicewalla, Roots Hummus and Buchi Kombucha appear regularly on store shelves. Stickers promoting Go Local Asheville (formerly the Asheville Grown Business Alliance), a locally focused economic alliance, adorn window fronts. A […]
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Letter: Public was sold out on Raytheon deal
“There are other options for providing economic betterment to the people of our region, ones that are not complicit in death and destruction.”
Letter: More info needed as aerospace plant proceeds
“Some of us are concerned, however, that we never knew whom this new manufacturer would be.”
Oct. 1 financial report shows slow Buncombe capital spending
The report notes that the county approved nearly $19.57 million in capital spending for the last fiscal year, including more than $7.95 million for Buncombe County Public Schools. However, less than $1.12 million has been spent to date on those school needs, with just over $1.87 million spent on other county projects.
Biz Briefs: State of Our Workforce results anticipate local hiring boom
Nearly 67 percent of surveyed businesses expected to grow their workforce over the next three years, representing up to 26,700 new jobs for the region. The manufacturing and hospitality industries anticipated the largest hiring booms — up to 7,556 and 6,618 jobs, respectively — but all sectors planned for at least some expansion.
Kingdom at war: The Gospel According to Jerry
“It seemed that the whole world was at war, and the tiny river kingdom of Asheville was neither exempt from the traumatic effects nor absent in playing an important integral part in its prosecution.”
Annual Homecoming Job Fair set for Jan. 8
If you’re looking for a new job, the Economic Development Coalition and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce want to help. They’re holding the 8th Annual Homecoming Job Fair Jan. 8 at the Davis Event Center in the WNC Agricultural Center.
North Carolina manufacturing: Dead or alive?
Is North Carolina manufacturing dead? “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” So said Mark Twain after hearing that his obituary had been published in the New York Journal.
After President Obama’s gone: what the national media missed about Asheville
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.
President Barack Obama emphasizes manufacturing, middle-class at Linamar
Less than 24 hours after he delivered the State of the Union address to the nation, President Barack Obama delivered a 20-minute speech to about 200-300 people at Linamar Corp., where he emphasized the importance of manufacturing jobs in relation to building a stronger middle-class. (Photo by Max Cooper)
Linamar will expand Asheville plant, add 250 jobs, invest $75 million
A year after Linamar made headlines with the announcement that it would set up shop in Asheville, the Canadian auto-parts manufacturer is expanding, adding 250 more jobs and $75 million in facilities and equipment.
LIVE: Coverage of tonight’s economic development announcement
Live Twitter coverage of tonight’s awaited economic development news from the Asheville Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m.. Reportedly, the deal involves Canadian auto-parts manufacturer Linamar occupying the old Volvo plant, recently purchased by the county.
Local Volvo plant shutting down in March; 228 jobs will be lost
The Skyland Volvo plant will shut down on March 31, 2010, according to a press release from the Stockholm-based company. An estimated 228 employees will lose their jobs in a facility that the county and city were considering for millions in grants just a few years ago.
Immigration raid at parachute plant nets 57
A raid by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at an Asheville-based defense contractor resulted in the arrest of 57 suspected-illegal immigrant workers, an ICE official told Xpress Tuesday afternoon.