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Asheville City Council adopts Nondiscrimination Ordinance

    In alignment with Buncombe County, on April 27 Asheville City Council passed a Nondiscrimination Ordinance, protecting people from discrinination in public accommodations and private employment.   From March 30, 2017, through December 1, 2020, the State of North Carolina prohibited local governments from regulating private employment practices and/or public accommodations. This restriction ceased in December of 2020, [...]

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City of Asheville provides temporary housing to people on Duke property encampment

    Working with community partners, the City of Asheville today provided 15 rooms for unsheltered people relocated from Duke Energy property near Isaac Dickson Elementary School. Those partners include Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness, Homeward Bound and BeLoved, who did outreach to people in this encampment, helped them pack their belongings and transported them to [...]

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Asheville City Council to hold budget work session prior to April 27 meeting 

  UPDATE: Due to technical difficulties, today’s (April 27) City Council budget work session and meeting will not be available on Charter/Spectrum Channel 193. You can watch City Council meetings live stream through the City’s Virtual Engagement Hub or via the City’s YouTube channel.       For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville [...]

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Celebrate Earth Day by participating in #AVLFoodWasteChallenge

  In March, Asheville City Council declared April to be Food Waste Reduction Month. Here is how you can celebrate Earth Day 2021 by participating in #AVLFoodWasteChallenge today!   Food waste reduction matters because up to 40% of food in the US is wasted, contributing to negative environmental, economic and societal impacts. Much of this [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation launches virtual grand opening of Richmond Hill Park

      Asheville Parks & Recreation is pleased to share this virtual grand opening of Richmond Hill Park, a bond project completed with funding approved by Asheville voters in 2016. Additional funding and support was also received through a partnership with Pisgah Area SORBA (Southern Off-Road Biking Association) for the newly added [...]

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City of Asheville offers people at Riverbend Park encampment relocation to hotel

  In advance of the deadline to those illegally camping at Riverbend Park, the City of Asheville worked in partnership with Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness the evening of April 19 to relocate unsheltered people at the encampment to temporary housing at a local hotel.   Using federal funds anticipated from the American Rescue Plan, the City [...]

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City of Asheville employee’s compassion saves a life

  Reprinted from American Water Works Association   Carrying the sadness of losing a family member to suicide guided an Asheville Water Resources professional to reach out to a stranger he saw lingering at the edge of a highway overpass. The compassion of his action saved a life.   Anthony “Buzz” Brown was driving down Sand Hill Road in his truck [...]

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Window replacement and upgrades, concrete repairs coming to Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville

  Beginning in April, all windows around the concourse of the arena of Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville will be replaced and upgraded from single-pane to double-paned glass. The 1970s era windows in the facility are known to leak during heavy rains, are difficult to maintain and are not energy efficient. Upgrading to double-pane windows is [...]

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Tony McDowell named City of Asheville Director of Finance

    City Assistant Finance Director Tony McDowell has been named Director of Finance for the City of Asheville. City Manager Debra Campbell selected McDowell for the job, citing “his rich institutional knowledge in this important role.”    McDowell has served as the Interim Finance Department Director since January following the departure of former City CFO Barbara Whitehorn, who [...]

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City of Asheville to identify and document architectural history and character of Burton Street neighborhood

  The Department of Planning and Urban Design is excited to be working with the leadership of the Burton Street Neighborhood Association to identify, document and share information about the history and character defining architecture and streetscapes of the Burton Street neighborhood.    The idea for this project emerged from the I-26 Connector Burton Street Mitigation Working Group, [...]