Fiscal Year 2022 Council Priority Accomplishments: Reparations

As the City of Asheville works to prepare a proposed fiscal year 2022-2023 budget, it’s a good time to pause, look back and assess the work and accomplishments towards the priorities of the past year.  The Council Identified Priorities for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 included: Reparations Reimagining Public Safety Employee Compensation  Utilization of ARPA Funding Here, we share with you the Fiscal [...]

Community Reparations Commission meets Monday, June 6, 2022

The next meeting of the Community Reparations Commission will take place 6:00 p.m.  Monday, June 6, 2022 at Harrah’s Cherokee Center, 87 Haywood Street   The Commission meeting agenda will be posted at this link. The Community Reparations Commission is empowered to make short, medium, and long-term recommendations that will make significant progress [...]

Community Reparations Commission meets Monday, May 23, 2022

The next meeting of the Community Reparations Commission will take place 5:30 p.m.  Monday, May 23, 2022 at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center Press Room at 87 Haywood Street.    The Commission meeting agenda is posted at this link. The Community Reparations Commission is empowered to make short, medium, and long-term recommendations that [...]

Announcement of new City of Asheville Reparations Commission members

The Asheville City Council has approved five seat appointments for the Community Reparations Commission representing the five impact focus areas of criminal justice, economic development, education, health care and housing.     Those members appointed by Asheville City Council are:    Dewana Little – Criminal Justice Dr. Dwight B Mullen -Economic Development CiCi  Weston – Education Dr. Tamarie Macon – Healthcare Joyce Harrison – [...]

City of Asheville Equity and Inclusion Department is now fully staffed

The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that the Department of Equity and Inclusion is once again fully staffed. Led by veteran public servant Brenda Mills, the new team is already working in the community and internally with staff to make equity and inclusion a part of everything the City of Asheville does.   Brenda Mills, Director [...]

Celebrating Black Legacy Month – Asheville Parks & Recreation community centers remember local historic residents

Asheville Parks & Recreation manages a unique collection of more than 55 public parks, playgrounds, and open spaces throughout the city in a system that also includes full-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, Riverside Cemetery, sports fields and courts, and community centers that offer programs related to wellness, education, and culture for Ashevillians [...]

Asheville Parks & Recreation celebrates the city’s legacy of Black excellence with special events throughout February

Throughout the year, Asheville Parks & Recreation and its partners share unique stories, rich culture, and opportunities for all community members to reflect on Black history across the city. During Black History Month, the department invites residents to explore more and discover the achievements, contributions, and journeys of Black heritage.

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

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