During the recent Council Retreat on February 22 & 23, 2024, Asheville City Council was able to establish 6 strategic priorities for the next fiscal year. The strategic priorities help guide City Council, City staff, and the City’s annual operating and capital budget and annual work plans. The 6 priorities for FY2025 are: Neighborhood and Climate Resilience Equitable, [...]
UPDATE: 2/19/2024: Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) Director D. Tyrell McGirt and other City of Asheville staff look forward to meeting with community members during this drop-in format community meeting. This format allows as many Asheville residents as possible to attend. Off-street parking is located off Harnett Street. APR staff will greet guests at the school’s entrance [...]
Eligible nonprofits are encouraged to apply for funding amounts at/upwards of the $35,000 minimum. Applications will be accepted until February 2, 2024, at 5:00 PM. The Strategic Partnership Grant Program (SPG) provides funding for non-profit organizations that serve Asheville residents to support school-aged children from low- to moderate-income households in and outside of the classroom. [...]
Asheville City Manager, Debra Campbell, is pleased to announce that Sala Menaya-Merritt has been named as the City of Asheville’s next Equity & Inclusion Director. Ms. Menaya-Merritt will officially begin her duties with the City of Asheville on January 8 and will spend her first three weeks cross-training with Brenda Mills, the City’s current Director [...]
The City of Asheville recognized one of its own at the City Council Meeting on December 12, but we’re not alone. As current Equity and Inclusion Director Brenda Mills prepares to retire in the new year, several local and state organizations took time to thank her for decades of service to the community and [...]
The City of Asheville’s Community and Economic Development Department is now accepting applications for the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) for fiscal year 2024-25. The Housing Trust Fund was created in 2000 to provide a source of local funding to assist in developing affordable housing in Asheville. Assistance is available in the form of repayable loans at low interest rates.
The City of Asheville is pleased to announce applications for the 2024 City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (C.A.Y.L.A) are now open!
Applications are now open for The City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA) program. Get first hand experience in a chosen field, be a paid intern, and receive scholarship money towards future education. APPLY TODAY!
City of Asheville to Host Open House this week to Create Long-Term Vision for Downtown Patton Avenue
The City of Asheville will host an open house to introduce a new planning project for the downtown Patton Avenue Corridor. This study will create a long-term vision for the area of Patton Avenue that runs from the Jeff Bowen Bridge to its endpoint at Pack Square Plaza.
Get involved in boosting The Block. Submit your proposal for Community Facilitator by December 11, 2023
The 2023 City of Asheville Disparity Study supports extending its race- and gender-conscious contracting policy
The City of Asheville has released a Disparity Study report detailing its contracting and purchasing activities and practices for the past 5 years. A Disparity Study is a type of research study that is designed to assess whether there are disparities, or differences, in the participation rates and opportunities for various groups in a particular program or industry. The goal of a disparity study is to identify any barriers or obstacles that may be preventing certain groups from participating fully, and to develop strategies to promote greater diversity and inclusion.
The Asheville Business Inclusion (ABI) office is excited to announce it will host a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) outreach event on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event welcomes all Minority- and Women-owned businesses operating in the construction trades or offering services related to construction. Attendance from Prime contractors seeking collaboration opportunities with MWBE vendors is highly encouraged.
The Community Reparations Commission has been meeting since April of 2022 to develop short, medium, and long term recommendations. A batch of draft recommendations has been released. The recommendations align with the five impact focus areas of the commission: housing, economic development, criminal justice, education, and health & wellness. These draft recommendations are [...]
Director of Parks and Recreation D. Tyrell McGirt talks about the city’s comprehensive plan for public leisure spaces and recreation programs. He and Sam discuss how the plan will help guide the department’s decisions for the next 10-15 years to connect, fix, build, and preserve recreation programs and parkland. You can get involved as the department has invited community members to share innovative ideas at Recreate Asheville workshops and online at RecreateAsheville.com now through November 20, 2023.
Please join the City of Asheville’s leadership team in congratulating Brenda Mills on her upcoming retirement effective January 31, 2024. Brenda joined the City of Asheville in 2005 and has served in different roles including: Minority Business Program Manager, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project Manager, Administrative Services Manager, Economic Development Specialist, Neighborhood & Community Engagement [...]
Since March of 2022, the Community Reparations Commission has been working to establish short-, medium-, and long-term recommendations for consideration by the City of Asheville and Buncombe County Government. On Saturday, Oct. 7, a Community Reparations Summit will be held, providing an opportunity for the public to hear directly from the impact focus areas of [...]
The City of Asheville’s Community and Economic Development Department announces its upcoming Disparity Study Public Hearing, an essential step in evaluating and improving the City’s Business Inclusion program.
For those hoping to secure a home – there’s nothing quite like signing your name on the dotted line. On August 3, several City of Asheville Council Members were on hand to watch that dream come true for some local families. The City of Asheville was one of the sponsors, working with the local nonprofit Habitat for [...]