Asheville City Council to host community conversation concerning short term rentals

There is a growing conversation in Asheville regarding short term rentals and Asheville City Council wants to hear what the community thinks. City Council will host a community conversation Wednesday, March 25 in the banquet room of the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. The event begins at 5 p.m. with an informal opportunity to converse [...]

City Council and WNC Delegates talk legislative priorities

Members of Asheville City Council and members of the Western North Carolina delegation met Monday December 1 to have breakfast and discuss Council’s legislative agenda for the 2014 long session. Council will approve this year’s legislative agenda at its Dec. 9 formal session. Photo from left to right: Senator Terry Van Duyn, Council Member Gwen Wisler, [...]

City of Asheville employees recognized for outstanding performance

From building code inspection to walkability. From to the RADTIP to emergency response, City of Asheville employees were recognized for excellence in service at Asheville City Council’s January 14 meeting. City Manger Gary Jackson did the honors, thanking those who have exemplified professionalism, innovation and public service. But he began by highlighting two events that took [...]

City of Asheville/NCDOT partnership to bring major sidewalk expansion to Hendersonville Road

At its October 22 meeting, Asheville City Council unanimously approved a partnership with the NCDOT that will result in a major sidewalk expansion in South Asheville. The project, slated to begin in 2014, will see sidewalks installed on both sides of Hendersonville Road from I-40 to Long Shoals Road – adding walkability to a stretch [...]

Spotlight on Boards and Commissions

Looking for a great way to get involved in local government and play a part in shaping the future of Asheville? Serving on an Asheville City Council Board or Commission is a great place to start. More than 250 people serve on 35 advisory boards and help guide policy decisions for the City of Asheville. Each [...]

Public/private partnership restores high-speed communication to Asheville’s emergency responders

Fire engines and police cruisers alike lit up on September 17 at the Murphy-Oakley Community Center and Fire Station Building, but they were not responding to an emergency. The blue and red lights were flashing in celebration of a high-speed communication connection that means better and faster service responses by Asheville’s emergency responders. The City of [...]

Neighborhood celebrates completion of Cherokee Road retaining wall

When you replace a 100-year old wall, you have big shoes to fill. At the September 12 dedication the new retaining wall at Cherokee Road, residents of the Albemarle neighborhood stood alongside City of Asheville personnel and project contractors to celebrate the marriage of modern structural design and historic aesthetics that went into the project. “This [...]

Heroism, accomplishments by city employees, recognized by Mayor and City Council

Six city employees were recognized by Asheville City Council at its August 13 meeting. Council thanked for their hard work, drive for improvement, and, in one case, heroism. Darlene Barnwell, who works in the city’s Customer Service Division, received a standing ovation for her heroic rescue of an 8-year-old boy who was being attacked by dogs [...]

Collaboration, economic development and bringing business to Asheville

The President’s choice for Asheville as his first stop following Tuesday’s State of the Union Address highlights an exciting success story in the city and region’s job growth and economic development efforts. Linamar’s 2011 announcement that it would locate its manufacturing facility in Asheville, and the swift news of its expansion in 2012, means a collective [...]

2013 Board and Commission openings a great opportunity for citizen involvement

There are seven elected members on Asheville City Council, but that body relies on more than 250 people serving on 35 council-appointed Boards and Commissions to help guide policy for the City of Asheville. From the Downtown Commission to the Greenway Commission to the newly formed Neighborhood Advisory Committee, these are the groups that deliberate [...]

New Patton Avenue sidewalk connectors increase pedestrian access

The final touches are underway on two sections of sidewalk along Patton Avenue that provide safer walking routes for pedestrians along the busy corridor. The two linkages, one from Parkwood Road to Leicester Highway and another from Regent Park Boulevard to the Capt. Jeff Bowen Bridge (formerly the Smokey Park Bridge), total a combined 4,150 [...]

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