Sign up now for the fall Citizens Police Academy

  The Asheville Police Department is now inviting residents to apply for the fall semester of its Citizens Police Academy. This free program gives participants insight into the philosophy and policies that govern the APD’s service to the community. The class is designed to give residents an appreciation for the problems and challenges facing law enforcement, as [...]

RiverLink hosts free talks for artists interested in contract work with the City of Asheville

We are excited to announce that the city’s Economic Development Specialist Brenda Mills will be a featured speaker for several free information sessions hosted by RiverLink focusing on opportunities for artists to contract with the City of Asheville. Brenda works in the city’s Office of Economic Development and focuses much of her energy on informing [...]

APD Strategic Operations Plan available online

  The Asheville Police Department’s development of a strategic operations plan for 2014-2017 reaches a new milestone as the department prepares to introduce its three-year plan to the community. The Strategic Operations Plan is a proactive tool intended to deliver guidance and structure for the department to continually improve its service to the citizens of Asheville. Now, [...]

New North Louisiana Ave sidewalk construction underway

The latest section of sidewalk in a network of sidewalks serving North Louisiana Avenue is under construction as crews begin pouring concrete on the 800 linear feet linkage. The sidewalk project is the fifth in a planned six sections totaling 5,580 linear feet that create a safe pedestrian corridor from Patton Avenue to just past [...]

Join in on online graffiti Q&A session Friday June 27

July 1 marks the start of the 123 Graffiti Free cleanup initiative, and in anticipation of the date, the City of Asheville will host a Question and Answer session on Facebook this Friday, June 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cathy Ball, the city’s Executive Director of Planning and Multimodal Transportation, will be on [...]

Asheville Police Department promotes Evan Coward to Sergeant

In a ceremony at Asheville City Hall Thursday, Asheville Police Chief Willam Anderson announced the promotion of officer Evan Coward to the rank of Sergeant. Coward is an eight-year veteran on the APD and has served as a Community Resource Officer for the South/Central district since 2007. His work as a CRO and his contributions to [...]

Asheville Fire Department announces new Chief Officers

The Asheville Fire Department is proud to announce the promotions of three of its Chief Officers into key leadership positions. Wayne Hamilton and Barry Hendren have each been promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Chief, and Chris Budzinski will now serve as Deputy Fire Chief. “We are very excited about the new leadership team, and anticipate [...]

Open House spotlights changes and growth on Asheville’s Riverfront

Asheville’s riverfront is experiencing some of the most energetic growth and economic renewal in the city, and it’s not just limited to the River Arts District. New businesses in Biltmore Station and Biltmore Village, new homes in Kenilworth, Oakley and Tunnel Road, and the city’s infrastructure and flood mitigation improvement project at Azalea Road are [...]

Checking in on the Lake Craig/Azalea Road project

  Six months in and the Lake Craig/Azalea Road project is well underway as specialized contractors begin the highly visible streambed relocation along the Swannanoa River at Gashes Creek Road. Despite the scale of this project to manage high waters during floods and install infrastructure improvements and roadway access, the facilities at Recreation Park such as [...]

City crews prep streets ahead of paving project

Public Works crews are patching, milling and repairing road surfaces around Asheville ahead of a coming repaving project that will address streets throughout the city. In May, Asheville City Council approved a $1.12 million contract to repave 5.44 miles of city streets, the majority of which are residential neighborhood roads. The repaving will take place [...]