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City of Asheville requests proposals for projects to fund with COVID-19 recovery funds

    The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is a federal program to respond to the economic and public health impacts of COVID-19, contain impacts on communities, residents, and businesses; and lay a foundation for a strong and equitable recovery. The City of Asheville has received $26.2 million as part of this program and [...]

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Homelessness: How our whole community wins when we invest in ending homelessness

  Read Part 1 and Part 2 of our series on homelessness solutions in Asheville.   Homelessness issues in Asheville are long-standing and complex. Right now, the City of Asheville has an unprecedented level of resources available to help end chronic homelessness and build the homeless service system we need to best [...]

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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. September 28 City Council meeting.    Here’s what you need to know to watch/listen and/or to participate in [...]

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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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FEMA, SBA helping those affected by Tropical Storm Fred in Buncombe County

  Both the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are actively working in Buncombe County to assist businesses and residents with disaster assistance for those affected by the impacts of Tropical Storm Fred on Aug. 16-18.    Door-to-door FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams  FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams are going door-to-door in [...]

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City of Asheville rolls out a fresh round of bear-resistant trash carts

  Urban bears prowling for a trashcan meal may have to resort to berries in some sections of the City. Following the successful rollout of Asheville Sanitation’s bear-resistant trash cart pilot program in January with 340 initial carts, another 300 of them are now being delivered to residents on the waiting list.   A resolution [...]

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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. September 14 City Council meeting.    Here’s what you need to know to watch/listen and/or to participate in [...]

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Check out Asheville’s local farms and farmers markets this fall

  From the Office of Sustainability The smells and colors of fall are starting to creep in with crisp mornings and the full flavors of the late season. Fall is a great time to support local farmers, enjoy fresh food, and bolster Asheville’s local food economy at our many farmers markets. Local farmers markets, or tailgate markets, [...]

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Updated City of Asheville Noise Ordinance goes into effect September 15

  At their July 27 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to update the City’s Noise Ordinance with an aim to identify and prioritize noise concerns and develop clear and enforceable thresholds for noise generation. As the newly revised ordinance will go into effect September 15, we wanted to let residents know where to find [...]

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Major disaster declaration granted for Western North Carolina counties damaged by Tropical Storm Fred, including Buncombe

From the Office of Governor Roy Cooper: The White House and FEMA have granted Governor Roy Cooper’s Aug. 27 request for a major disaster declaration for seven North Carolina counties that were hit hard by floods after Tropical Storm Fred. “This federal disaster declaration will help provide assistance for Western North Carolina communities to rebuild stronger and [...]

ART service changes coming to WE2 route, public comment accepted through Sept. 17

  Asheville Rides Transit (ART) is making changes to the WE2 route schedule and its service to the Social Security Administration at Centre Park Drive.   Beginning September 19, the WE2 will no longer service the Social Security bus stops after 4:30 pm outbound, 5 pm inbound, and on weekends. This applies to the following stops: Stop ID [...]

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City of Asheville’s Business Inclusion Office launches AVL Pathways to Grow training program

  The City of Asheville’s Business Inclusion Office is excited to announce a new training program for local small businesses, AVL Pathways to Grow. The training program is geared towards helping women and small business owners of color to grow and scale up their businesses.   AVL Pathways to Grow is a collaboration between the City’s Business Inclusion [...]

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Share your feedback on ‘AVL Shares Space’ outdoor expansion initiatives

  The City of Asheville is seeking public feedback on temporary initiatives launched in the spring of 2020 to support safe business operations and customer access during COVID-19. These initiatives have enabled over 100 businesses and organizations in Asheville to quickly expand outdoors into adjacent public spaces and parking lots.    Take the survey here.    The [...]

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City of Asheville offices to close for Labor Day holiday, ART buses to run on holiday schedule

  In observance of the Labor Day holiday, City of Asheville offices will be closed September 6. Here is a look at how City services will be affected.   Sanitation collection Due to Labor Day, trash and recycling collection will be delayed by one day as follows the week of September 6: Monday customers will be collected on Tuesday, Tuesday customers [...]

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