City of Asheville’s technology roll out increases efficiency across departments

In an organization of more than 1,000 people, speedy and accurate information flow means not only increased efficiency but also real dollars. That’s an underlying theme that emerges when City of Asheville employees talk about the recently launched technology upgrade that provides not only swifter access to data but also easier communication between city departments [...]

Geothermal heating/cooling, rain collecting roof among big steps at new Livingston Street center

Construction of the new recreation and cultural center at Livingston Street is well underway, and the first phase of the project is expected to be completed early next year. But some of the energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable elements of the project are already beginning to emerge. The Livingston center will be the first construction by the [...]

Speedway memorial dedicated at Carrier Park

Racing veterans, fans, and representatives from the City of Asheville and Buncombe County convened at Carrier Park on Amboy Road September 23 for the unveiling of a monument commemorating the former Asheville Motor Speedway. The site was home to the popular speedway from the early 1960’s until the track closed in the late 1990’s. It is [...]

N.C. Mayors meet in Asheville

On Thursday Sep. 24 and Friday Sept. 25, Asheville was host to a gathering of the N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition. Mayors from North Carolina’s 26 largest cities, including Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, gathered to discuss important issues common to their municipalities and build an advocacy agenda to present to the North Carolina General Assembly. The N.C. [...]

Asheville Fire Department Explorers learn firefighting skills, train for competition

As the sun began to set on Asheville Fire Station 7 in North Asheville on Sept. 8, three groups of teenagers were going through drills: rolling out and connecting fire hoses, reviewing knots used on fire scenes, and seeing how quickly they could put on full firefighter gear. In upcoming weeks, the Explorers will run [...]

Participation from cycling community continues to help improve Asheville’s bike access

  The City of Asheville’s Comprehensive Bicycle Plan was adopted by Asheville City Council in 2008 after extensive involvement by the city’s bicycle community. But the input and participation from those active groups and other community organizations continues to be critical to making Asheville more and more bicycle friendly. “The cycling community really is our eyes [...]

Asheville landlords part of homeless conversation

The effort to address homelessness in Asheville and Buncombe County relies on as many partnerships and as many voices as possible. After all, the motto for the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Initiative is, “Ending Homelessness Together.” That’s why, on August 13, the City of Asheville, alongside the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition, hosted a landlords’ luncheon at the Asheville Area [...]

Cleaning the streets means cleaner rivers

The roving fleet of street sweepers that operates on a daily basis in the City of Asheville does more than just make for nicer looking roadways. The sweepers also pick up and collect dirt, particles and leaves that could otherwise clog the city’s storm water drains or flow into local waterways. Stormwater runoff from streets and [...]

One-stop Development Services shop brings permitting under one roof

As anyone who works in the development industry, or for that matter, has tried to expand on an existing home can tell you, running the gauntlet of required permits in any city can be a long and complicated process. The City of Asheville’s Development Services Center at 161 South Charlotte represents an initiative across city [...]

Asheville kicks off RiverWay redevelopment planning process

In a kickoff event at the River District’s Riverview Station, the City of Asheville announced the launch of a environmental study and preliminary redesign process for Riverside Drive and Lyman Street. The announcement marks a step toward the realization of the Wilma Dykeman Riverway Plan, a system of parks and greenways, roadway improvements, and context-sensitive development [...]

City of Asheville announces 2010 Bele Chere music lineup

The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce the musical lineup for the 2010 Bele Chere Festival held July 23-25 in Downtown Asheville. Click here for the 2010 Bele Chere entertainment schedule. The weekend will feature 43 musical acts over four stages throughout the festival, many of which call Western [...]

No-smoking ordinance prohibits smoking on city property starting July 1

Beginning July 1, a revision to City of Asheville’s no smoking ordinance prohibits smoking on all city owned and occupied property. The new language applies to all City of Asheville parks, greenways and the grounds of city municipal facilities. The move is intended to provide a healthier environment for City of Asheville employees and the general [...]

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