Asheville earns national award for greenway partnership

A greenway partnership between New Belgium Brewing and the City of Asheville earned the City a national Partnership Award from American Trails. Winners of this prestigious award were honored at the National and International Trails Awards Banquet at the International Trails Symposium May 19 in Portland, Ore. The French Broad/New Belgium Greenway is in Asheville’s River Arts District, [...]

Asheville swimming pools ready to open

The City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department announces the following schedule for the 2015 swimming pool season. Recreation Park Pool, 65 Gashes Creek Road, opens Memorial Day, May 25 with Pool-A-Palooza, featuring live music and fun activities for the whole family from noon to 6 p.m. The event also features free admission for military personnel [...]

Building permits, job growth outlined at Asheville’s Development Forum

Large-scale development and Asheville’s fastest-growing industries were among topics discussed during the City’s Development Forum held May 15 at the US Cellular Center. Hosted by City Manager Gary Jackson, the forum included economic updates from City staff on building permit activity as well as planning and zoning permits and employment trends. Information was also presented about [...]

Ride ART buses free and get a free breakfast May 20

National Strive Not to Drive Week runs Friday to Friday, May 15-22. It’s a great time to take the bus or ride your bike. Walk to a neighborhood business rather than hop in your car. And it’s a good time to think about carpooling to work. Asheville Transit will offer free bus fares Wednesday, May 20. [...]

Asheville narrows police chief search to four finalists

  Original post Four candidates have been selected as finalists in Asheville’s search for a Chief of Police. They are: Robert Buckman: Chief Deputy of the Loudoun County, Va., Sheriff Office Operations Bureau, Lt. Colonel Buckman has been with the department 33 years. He leads 400 people in the Operations Bureau, including 360 sworn deputies in the Special [...]

Asheville Economic Development to host City Manager’s Development Forum

The City of Asheville’s Office of Economic Development hosts the City Manager’s Development Forum twice a year, in May and November. The next forum is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 15, at the US Cellular Center Banquet Hall. The Forum — which is free and open to the public — provides members [...]

Q&A with City Manager Gary Jackson

Asheville City Manager Gary Jackson will begin his 10th year in the position starting in June. The Citizen-Times Editorial Board sat down with Jackson on May 4 to discuss his tenure with the city and his vision for the community going forward. Here is an excerpt of the conversation: Question: Have you hit the mark on [...]

Column: Lack of affordable housing a crisis for Asheville

In a guest column in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville City Councilman Gordon Smith writes about how the City is working to address affordable housing: The lack of affordable housing in Asheville is truly a community crisis. While Asheville City Council is taking unprecedented steps to address it, we need more community partners to help provide affordable [...]