Asheville City offices to close for MLK Jr. Day, ART buses will run on a holiday schedule

Please note: Due to weather, Parks & Recreation has changed some of it’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day programming, as listed below.   Asheville City government offices will be closed Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here is a look at City services affected by this holiday. Trash and recycling Though [...]

Business Inclusion Office shares local success story

Recently, the Business Inclusion Office contracted with the local temporary staffing firm UpStaff Personnel Inc to help contact women and BIPOC business owners for City of Asheville certification. This helped to increase the number of these businesses certified as Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) through our office. Getting these businesses certified is one [...]

Asheville City Council continues remote meeting format and here’s how to participate

For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville City Council meetings remain in remote format and accessible to the public in accordance with N.C. General Statute § 166A-19.24(f) . This includes the 5 p.m. October 26 City Council meeting.    Here’s what you need to know to watch/listen and/or to participate [...]

Assistant City Manager departing for Johnson City, TN

Assistant City Manager Cathy Ball has accepted a position as City Manager with Johnson City, TN. Her last day of service in Asheville will be November 10, 2021.    Ball has served the Asheville community for 24 years in several key roles, including Transportation Director, Public Works Director, and Assistant City Manager. In 2018, she served as [...]

City of Asheville joins Buncombe County in indoor Mask Requirements

Buncombe County, including the City of Asheville, continues to see a significant growth in the number of positive COVID-19 cases. Since Aug. 3, trends have not improved.  At its Aug. 18 emergency meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners declared a Local State of Emergency requiring residents and visitors in any indoor public [...]

City of Asheville recognizing onsite and frontline employees

At the City of Asheville, all employees are essential workers, because all City jobs have to be done in order to provide our community with vital City services. During the pandemic, approximately 20% of the workforce was able to work from home. For the remainder of our workers, this was not an option.    While the governor [...]

First step budget recommendations for Reimagining Public Safety in Asheville will be presented during Sept. 22 City Council meeting

Information from the consultant’s report about the Asheville community listening sessions and from the City’s online questionnaire were used to inform this first round of budget recommendations to be made at the Sept. 22 City Council meeting.   These recommendations are only the beginning of the effort to re-imagine the delivery of public safety [...]

Asheville holds virtual meetings for City Council candidate interviews and regular Council meeting

Due to the State and locally declared States of Emergency, there will be no public attendance at City Council meetings. While we are Staying Safer at Home, City Council still wants you to have the opportunity to participate in the decisions of your government. On September 8, City Council will hold City [...]

City of Asheville Council to consider extending hotel moratorium 

  In September 2019, the Asheville City Council approved a temporary moratorium on the approval of new hotels, which meant that no hotel development applications would  be approved for a year. Since then, staff and consultants have worked diligently to understand the  issues surrounding hotel development and assess the impacts. In late [...]

Buncombe County and the City of Asheville align with Gov. Cooper’s Phase 1 Executive Order, City parks to open

The City of Asheville, in partnership with Buncombe County, continues to take proactive steps to keep our community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. To bring our community in closer alignment with Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 138, Buncombe County Public Health has issued a superseding Stay Home, Stay Safe [...]