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Office of Sustainability shares update on successful pilot program for food scraps composting

  The City of Asheville, in partnership with Buncombe County and Natural Resource Defense Council’s Food Matters program, launched a pilot food scrap drop-off program earlier this year and we are pleased to report it has been amazingly successful.   Two food scraps drop-off sites at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center and Buncombe County Landfill Convenience Center [...]

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Asheville Police Department re-awarded CALEA accreditation 

Asheville Police Chief David Zack is pleased to announce the department was awarded on Nov. 19 the national Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), marking the ninth time for the accreditation since 1994.   Dubbed “The Gold Standard in Public Safety,” the re-accreditation process occurs every four years and is awarded to a public safety [...]

Asheville City Manager announces the hiring of two key director positions

  Interim Director of Equity and Inclusion Brenda Mills, and Interim Director of Community and Economic Development, Nikki Reid, have both been promoted to permanent director for their respective departments.   After a national search, Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell found the talent and the passion for public service she sought to fill two important director positions within [...]

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City of Asheville offices to close for Thanksgiving holiday; Sanitation, bus service alter schedules

  City of Asheville offices will be closed Nov. 25-26 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The following City services will be affected as well.   ART bus service ART service will not run on Thanksgiving Day. For more information, including routes and schedules, please visit the ART Transit station at 49 Coxe Ave., download the

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City of Asheville opens applications and nominations for the Community Reparations Commission

    The City of Asheville Reparations Initiative is seeking nominations and applications for the Community Reparations Commission. Applications opened on November 19 with nominations and applications to be accepted through December 22.   The Community Reparations Commission is charged with coming up with recommendations to City Council to repair the harm done by decades of racial discrimination and [...]

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City of Asheville encourages community participation in America Recycles Day

  The City of Asheville is proud to celebrate America Recycles Day November 15 which promotes the importance of recycling and recognizes the efforts of Ashevillians to recycle right. Taking the time to properly recycle improves our quality of life by supporting a clean, economically vibrant, and sustainable environment.    More than 24,000 tons of trash are generated [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation announces Holiday Camp for local youth

    Spend your holidays with us!  Asheville Parks & Recreation will hold its annual Holiday Camp for youth and teens in grades kindergarten through middle school. Camps are located at the Tempie Avery Montford Center (youth and middle school), 34 Pearson Drive, and Stephens-Lee Community Center (middle school), 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.     Camp hours are 8:30 [...]

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City Manager Development Forum returns in remote format November 19 

  The City Manager’s Development Forum returns — in a remote format — from noon to 1 p.m. November 19. During the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, construction and development has continued in Asheville. While the Development Forum will be held virtually with no in-person components, it offers an opportunity to learn about trends [...]

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City of Asheville offices to close for Veterans Day, ART buses and Sanitation collection to run on regular schedule

  In observance of Veterans Day, City of Asheville offices will be closed November 11. Here is a look at how City services will be affected.   Art bus service and Sanitation collection will not be affected and will run as usual.  Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville will operate on its regular schedule as well.   Parks & Recreation All City parks [...]

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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. November 9 City Council meeting.    Here’s what you need to know to watch/listen and/or to participate in [...]

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New training program designed to help small, diverse businesses learn how to work with NCDOT

  Interested in working with the N.C. Department of Transportation, but don’t know how to get started? The City of Asheville, the NCDOT Office of Civil Rights, and the Small Business Transportation Resource Center are collaborating on a three-hour program. It will show small, diverse businesses how to navigate local projects and “think outside of the [...]

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WNC Nature Center earns accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

  The WNC Nature Center is excited to announce that they have been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Fewer than 10% of all zoos and aquariums in the world meet the standards to earn accreditation from the AZA and the WNC Nature Center is one of only eight facilities [...]