Application deadline for Community Reparations Commission extended

    In response to residents requests, the City of Asheville is extending the deadline to apply to be a member of the Community Reparations Commission until January 15.    The opportunity to serve is available to all residents of Asheville and Buncombe County and can be found online.   ONLINE FORMS: Neighborhood Candidate Interest Form:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M6CG2MH Impact Focus Area [...]

Video: Get information about Asheville’s Community Reparations Commission

The City of Asheville invites you to be part of its Reparations initiative!   Applications are open for the Community Reparations Commission through December 22. Find more information at https://www.ashevillenc.gov/reparations. There is also one more information session coming up on December 15. Find information about it at this link. Come on, Asheville! Be part [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Asheville City Council hears next steps in Reparations process 

  During the October 12 City Council meeting, Debra Clark Jones, President of TEQuity, the selected project management firm, outlined next steps in the City of Asheville’s Reparations initiative. Information was shared during the City Manager’s Report to Council.     Debra Clark Jones During their September 14 meeting, City Council voted to authorize the City Manager to hire

Brenda Mills appointed as Interim Equity and Inclusion Director for City of Asheville

  Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell has appointed veteran City employee Brenda Mills as Interim Equity and Inclusion Director as the City continues its search for a permanent director.    In her new role, Mills’ first priority will be to fill all Equity and Inclusion positions and focus on building a cohesive team to strengthen the solid foundation [...]

City of Asheville shares information about Nondiscrimination Ordinance implementation

  At their April 27 meeting, Asheville City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance prohibiting discriminatory practices which prohibits discrimination in employment and public accommodations within the City of Asheville based on upon any of the following: race, natural hair or hairstyles, ethnicity, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin [...]

City of Asheville to launch Information Sharing and Truth Telling Speaker Series

    The Information Sharing and Truth Telling Speaker Series is the first phase of the City of Asheville’s process to deliver community reparations for Black Asheville. The series will include local and national speakers who share information about past policies, present trends and disparities, and future initiatives. The community will have opportunities to participate. Please join [...]

Equity and Inclusion Assessment presented to Asheville City Council

  Three years after the inception of the City’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, an internal assessment looks at the work conducted by the department and opportunities for improvement.   At their March 9 meeting, Internal Auditor Patricia Rosenberg presented the Equity and Inclusion Assessment findings to Asheville City Council. The assessment began as a request from Black [...]

City of Asheville takes equity-focused approach to budget

Work sessions scheduled   It’s budget season for the City of Asheville. From March through June, City Council will work with City staff to review budget options, aligning Council and community priorities with available funding.   The City’s operating budget must be passed by July 1.    The discussions leading up to the final budget happen during budget work sessions, meetings [...]

City of Asheville announces recipients of racial healing mini-grants

  The City of Asheville is pleased to announce the recipients of Asheville racial healing mini-grants. This is the second year funding has been made available.  The City received 29 applications and selected nine.  The mini-grants represent a total community investment of $40,000.    The following organizations will receive funding: Operation Gateway (Collaborative project: Workforce Development/YMI Cultural Center and [...]

Look ahead: City of Asheville projects and initiatives for the new year

  Asheville residents can look upon the new year with optimism. Together, we’ve weathered a pandemic and a vaccine will be available this year. Even so, the City of Asheville’s response to COVID-19 will continue in the new year, in coordination with the state of North Carolina and Buncombe County.   Residents can look forward to advances in [...]

Asheville’s 30/60/90 Day Plan transitions to a sustained effort: Advancing Racial Equity in Asheville 

  From the start, City Manager Debra Campbell said Asheville’s 30/60/90 Day Plan was only the beginning and would serve as a foundation for a more holistic approach to incorporating racial equity into City operations. At the Dec. 8 City Council meeting, she unveiled the next step and it is intended to be a step that [...]

Second round of racial healing grant funding now available through City of Asheville’s Office of Equity and Inclusion 

  The Office of Equity and Inclusion application for racial healing grants for local nonprofits are now available. This is the second year of funding, and like last year, the grant amount up to $4,999 aims to support existing projects  in Asheville that promote racial healing, reconciliation, and/or transformation in Asheville communities.    The [...]