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City of Asheville would like community input on Race and Gender Policy business handbook

    At their Oct. 27 meeting, Asheville City Council adopted a new race and gender-conscious policy.     Why have this policy Small businesses are the backbone of the Asheville economy. The vast majority of local employers are small private firms, and many are minority-, women-, and veteran-owned. Strengthening opportunities for small and diverse businesses strengthens [...]

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Help shape Asheville by serving on a City board or commission

    Looking for a way to get involved in local government and play a part in shaping the future of Asheville? Serving on a City of Asheville board or commission is a great place to start.   Through a variety of boards and commissions established by Asheville City Council, citizens can provide input on the policies that shape [...]

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Artist chosen for public art installation at renovated ART Transit Center

  Renovations at the ART Transit Center will be enhanced with the installation of public art in the waiting room and ticket area. A team representing City staff, ART Operations staff, Better Buses Together and the Public Art and Cultural Commission have chosen Asheville-based artist Wyatt Grant to design murals for the [...]

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City of Asheville opens two surveys for Greenway, ADA Transition and Pedestrian Plans 

  The City of Asheville is in the early stages of a large project to update the City’s Greenway Plan (G), ADA Transition Plan* (A), and Pedestrian Plan (P) (*By ADA transition we are specifically looking at accessibility improvements within the rights-of-way of our street network).   The planning process, known as the “Close the GAP,” will identify [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation Department receives donation for new BuildOut program

    Asheville Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to announce a donation of $2,000 from the Asheville Homebuilders Association (AHBA) for the development of a new program called BuildOut. The program focuses on teaching youth basic building skills such as learning how to select appropriate materials and tools, best safety practices, and then completing a project [...]

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City of Asheville advances equity through multiple interconnected initiatives

    Advancing racial equity and social justice consists of many efforts working in concert with each other to promote larger societal change. This is not a one-off effort, nor the sole work of one department. It’s a team effort that has to be blended into all City of Asheville departments, folded into our mission to provide [...]

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Asheville City Council adopts Haywood-Page properties Master Concept Plan

  After more than three years of community engagement around the future use of City-owned properties on Haywood Street and Page Avenue downtown, a master concept plan for the properties went before Asheville City Council Oct. 27.   The plan by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects incorporates a mix of uses, including:  A central plaza for community gatherings and [...]

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Asheville City Council continues remote meetings, will continue proposed hotel development regulations work session prior to regular meeting

    While the City of Asheville has reopened its public-facing offices in a limited capacity, for safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 meetings will remain virtual at this time. That includes the Oct. 27 City Council meeting. Prior to the 5 p.m. meeting, Council will continue its work session on proposed hotel development regulations.   Here’s [...]

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More bus shelters, lighting and other enhancements coming to ART bus system, helped by federal grant

  The City of Asheville will provide about 45 more bus shelters and enhance lighting and other aspects to 70 more under a $1 million Federal Transit Administration grant City Transportation staff applied for and won. During their Oct. 13 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to approve a $1.25 million budget amendment,  which includes matching funds from [...]

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City of Asheville committee to hold  climate justice public input session

  The Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment (SACEE) will hold a virtual public meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 28. The City of Asheville declared a climate emergency when City Council approved and adopted Resolution 20-25 on Jan. 29, as endorsed by SACEE. In declaring this emergency, the City has [...]

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