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Waste Pro Bad Weather and Holiday Schedule

Friday, December 26th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – If weather conditions make it unsafe for the trucks, garbage and recycling collection will be cancelled until conditions improve. Cancellations are announced over local radio and TV news broadcasts.

It must be safe for the collection trucks to complete their regular routes without endangering life or property; please be aware that conditions outside your own neighborhood may prevent the safe collection and transport of your materials, and that it must be safe for the drivers to pick them up.

If collection is cancelled for only one day, collection days are shifted one day later for the rest of the week, i.e. Friday rather than Thursday and Saturday rather than Friday.

If collection is cancelled for more than one day, cancelled collections will be made up on your next regular collection day, with all refuse being picked up.

Holiday Schedule:

Waste Pro of Asheville residential waste and recycling collection will be delayed one day in observance of Christmas. Customers scheduled for service on Thursday will be served on Friday and Friday customers will be served on Saturday.

Commercial solid waste and recycling customers will be serviced either the day before or the day after the Holiday.

For more information, call Waste Pro at 684-7790.


A-B Tech Reaccredited by SACSCOC Until 2024

Friday, December 26th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) officially announced the reaccreditation of A-B Tech for the next 10 years during the organization’s annual meeting in Nashville last week.

A-B Tech has been continuously accredited by SACSCOC since 1969. SACSCOC is the recognized regional accrediting body for 11 southern states and Latin America for higher education institutions that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.

“This is wonderful news that affirms the quality of programs, faculty and staff at A-B Tech,” said President Dennis King, who oversaw A-B Tech’s reaccreditation process last year.  “A-B Tech’s reaccreditation assures our students and community that we are effectively fulfilling our mission. SACSCOC accreditation is significant because it determines whether our students’ degrees, certificates and coursework are accepted by four-year institutions and potential employers.”

A-B Tech also participates in the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, a statewide agreement governing the transfer of credits between N.C. community colleges and N.C. public universities, to create the smooth transfer of students. Several state private colleges and universities also endorse the articulation agreement, including local institutions Brevard College, Mars Hill University, Montreat College and Warren Wilson College.

Colleges seeking reaccreditation must demonstrate compliance with SACSCOC requirements and also develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that addresses student learning issues. A-B Tech’s QEP will focus on student online success with the goal of improving the readiness of students entering 100 percent online classes. For more information about A-B Tech’s SACSCOC accreditation and QEP, please visit: abtech.edu/SACS.

The process for accreditation assesses an institution’s effectiveness in the fulfillment of its mission, its compliance with the requirements of its accrediting association, and its continuing efforts to enhance the quality of student learning and its programs and services.

UNC Asheville Moves Up in Kiplinger’s Best Values Rankings

Friday, December 26th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville is once again among the top 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges” in the 2015 rankings released online by Kiplinger’s, advancing to number 51 nationally, up from number 58 last year.

In creating its rankings, Kiplinger started with a list of more than 1,200 public and private four-year schools. Academic quality measures are weighted at 55 percent in Kiplinger’s rankings, with affordability weighted at 45 percent.

Kiplinger includes competitiveness (acceptance rate and SAT scores of incoming freshmen), graduation rates (with the four-year graduation rate weighted most heavily), retention rates, and the student/faculty ratio in measuring academic quality.

UNC Asheville is ranked sixth nationally among public colleges ranked by Kiplinger in total cost of attendance for in-state students, 10th lowest average debt at graduation, and 11th for lowest cost after need-based aid for in-state students.

Schools in the University of North Carolina system made a strong showing in Kiplinger’s rankings, with UNC-Chapel Hill maintaining its spot atop the “Best Values in Public Colleges” list. NC State University, UNC Wilmington, Appalachian State University and Western Carolina University are also among Kiplinger’s top 100 public colleges.

The Princeton Review and The Fiske Guide to Colleges also ranked UNC Asheville as a “best value” this year. In addition, UNC Asheville was the only public university to be included by U.S. News and World Report on the “Best Undergraduate Teaching” list of national liberal arts colleges – placing eighth nationally.

A complete summary of UNC Asheville’s national rankings is available online here.

County Holiday Closings

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Buncombe County Government Offices will be closed December 24-26 for Christmas, and January 1 for New Year’s.

Buncombe County Public Libraries will be closed:

  • Wednesday, December 24 – Friday, December 26
  • Closing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31
  • Thursday, January 1

The Landfill & Transfer Station will be closed:

  • Close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24
  • Thursday, December 25
  • Open regular hours on Friday, December 26, and Thursday, January 1.

Household Hazardous Waste Day and Electronics Recycling at the Buncombe County Landfill will be closed:

  • Friday, December 26


Community Development and Housing Trust Fund

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville’s Community and Economic Development Department is now accepting applications for CDBG and HOME grant funds, and for the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) for FY 2015-2016.

The Community and Economic Development Department manages and administers programs for Asheville and for a four county consortium, consisting of Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania and Madison Counties, that provide affordable housing, economic opportunities and other benefits for low-income residents.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) are federal grant programs through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) which provide grant funds for eligible projects that serve Low and Moderate income residents, eliminate slum and blight, and create decent affordable housing for low-income households.

The City of Asheville’s Housing Trust Fund was created in 2000 to provide a source of local funding to assist in the development of affordable housing in Asheville. Assistance is available in the form of repayable loans at a low rate of interest.

To download the CDBG/HOME application documents and instructions visit the Community Development Funding Programs page. The deadline to submit an application for CDBG/HOME funds is February 6, 2015 at 12:00 noon.

To download the Housing Trust Fund documents and view the HTF policies, visit the Housing Trust Fund webpage. The deadline to submit an application for the Housing Trust Fund is January 5, 2015.

Have Coffee with a Cop

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – On January 24, 2015 officers from the Asheville Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.  All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 8:00am on January 24 at Bojangles restaurant located at 99 Merrimon Avenue. Please contact Officer Keith McCulloch with questions: 828-259-5834 or at [email protected]

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Asheville’s neighborhoods.  The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Crime Prevention Officer Keith McCulloch. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Local writers will have the opportunity to hone their skills with UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP) workshops in poetry and prose. Classes will be held in Asheville, Black Mountain and Burnsville. Class size is limited, so early registration is suggested.

10-week courses for writers of various levels of experience:

Poetry – Tina Barr will lead “Sacred Questions,” which will explore poetry that engages with the idea of the sacred. Participants will study poetry from multiple points of view on concepts of faith, and will bring in their own poems and engage in a series of optional writing exercises. Barr’s latest poems have been published in Witness, Shenandoah, The Crab Orchard Review and elsewhere. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Tupelo Press Editor’s Award for her book, The Gathering Eye (Tupelo Press, 2005). Class meets Mondays, 1-3:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 16, in Black Mountain.

Memoir – In “Remembering, Misremembering, Disremembering: Our Memories Have a Story to Tell” with Christine Hale, participants will explore the particular challenges and possibilities of writing memoir. Using brief examples from published memoirs and in-class writing exercises, participants will model some techniques for turning memory’s mischief to literary advantage. Hale’s novel, Basil’s Dream, (Livingston Press, 2009) received honorable mention in the 2010 Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Her short fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in publications including Arts & Letters, Hippocampus and Still, among others. Class meets Thursdays, 6-8:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 19, in Asheville.

Fiction – Novelist Susan Woodring will lead “From Character to Plot: Creating a Story with Character at the Center.” The class will progress from each participant’s creation of multi-dimensional and compelling characters to devising a plot structure for a novel with these characters at the center. Woodring is the author of the novel, Goliath (St. Martin’s Press, 2012) and a short story collection, Springtime on Mars (Press 53, 2008). Her short fiction was shortlisted for Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008 and Best American Short Stories 2010. Class meets Wednesdays, 5-7:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 19, in Black Mountain.

Memoir – Brian Lee Knopp will lead “The Devil You Know: The Art, Skill and Thrill of Writing Your Memoir,” which involves in-class and at-home writing and reading assignments, and says Knopp, a chance for “a daring rescue of the truth trapped inside your life’s labyrinth.” Knopp’s memoir, Mayhem in Mayberry: Misadventures of a P.I. in Southern Appalachia (Cosmic Pigbite Press, 2009) was a Malaprop’s bestseller. He was the creator and contributing author of the collaborative 2012 novel, Naked Came the Leaf Peeper (Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 2011). Class meets Tuesdays from 6-8:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 17, in Asheville.

Fiction – Vicki Lane, author of the Elizabeth Goodweather mystery series (Bantam Dell) and the stand-alone novel, The Day of Small Things (Dell, 2010), will teach “Forty Pages.” Each student will submit forty pages of work for discussion and critique by the class and close editing with written comments by the instructor. The goal will be to polish those forty pages until they are ready to catch the attention of an agent, an editor or a publisher. Class meets Wednesdays from 6-8:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 18, in Asheville.

Children’s Books – Linda Lowery will lead “Writing Children’s Picture Books,” in which participants will learn specifics of the genre, including the art of weeding out words, of rhythm and rhyme, prose text and pacing for spot-on page turns, and the thinking process of an illustrator. Assignments include writing the text for two picture books, choosing one manuscript to revise and polish, and creating a 32-page book dummy. Lowery is an award-winning author of more than 60 fiction and nonfiction books for readers from preschool to middle grades. She has illustrated 13 of her books, including Trick or Treat, It’s Halloween(Random House, 2000), a bestselling picture book co-authored with her husband, Richard Keep. Class meets Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. beginning Feb. 17, in Asheville.

Children’s Books – “Heart of the Story,” with Joy Neaves and Frankie Bolt, is for writers who have prepared at least 45 pages of longer works of fiction intended for children. Participants will read and critique each other’s work, as well as develop the ability to examine their own work critically. The instructors will respond to all submissions and will cover topics from aspects of craft to ways to approach editors and agents. Neaves was senior editor at Front Street for a decade and is now a freelance editor of children’s books at namelos.com. Bolt has an MFA in creative writing from the writing for children and young adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her first novel, Minus, is forthcoming from namelos.com. Class meets Mondays, 6-8:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 16, in Asheville.

Poetry– Poet Brian Sneeden will lead “Articulate Wildness: Poetry as Creative Force.” In this workshop, students will explore the work of a different poet each week, combining close reading with interactive writing exercises. Sneeden’s poetry has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Harvard Review Online and Ninth Letter, among others. His manuscript, Ithaka, was a finalist in the 2013 New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM Chapbook Award for Poetry. Class meets Tuesdays from 3-5:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 17 in Burnsville.

Poetry– English teacher Eric Steineger will lead “Poetry Made Accessible—A Timeline.” This course will examine important developments in poetry over the last two centuries and lead up to modern day. There may be short writing exercises; however, the focus is learning about this often-misunderstood genre. Steineger teaches English at A-B Tech Community College and Mars Hill University and is the senior poetry editor for The Citron Review, an online journal. Class meets Tuesdays from 6-8:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 17 in Asheville.

Short Fiction – “The Short Stories of Franz Kafka and Anton Chekhov: What They Have to Teach Us about Writing, Being Human, Being Bugs, and Being Kissed,” with Emilie White, is designed primarily for fiction writers, and will look to Kafka’s and Chekhov’s short stories as models to be emulated. White has served as an instructor of art history, composition, and creative writing at U.C. Berkeley, New Mexico State University and Warren Wilson College, where she was the 2001–02 Beebe Fellow. Her fiction has appeared in Colorado Review and has received two nominations for a Pushcart Prize. Class meets Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. beginning Feb. 19 in Asheville.

15-week courses:

Creative Prose Workshop with Tommy Hays – For advanced prose writers who have projects underway (or who want to start something new) GSWP Executive Director Tommy Hays offers “Keeping Ourselves Company: An Advanced Creative Prose Workshop.” Emphasis will be on reading and critiquing each other’s work. The instructor will respond at length to submissions. Instructor’s permission is required for admittance. Hays is the author of What I Came to Tell You (EgmontUSA, 2013), a SIBA Okra Pick and chosen by the Atlanta Constitution as one of best books for children for 2013. His novel, The Pleasure Was Mine, has been chosen for numerous community reads and was a Finalist for the SIBA Fiction Award. His In the Family Way (Random House, 1999) was winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Class meets Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 29, in Asheville.

Prose Master Class with Elizabeth Lutyens – Elizabeth Lutyens, editor-in-chief of The Great Smokies Review, presents this master class for experienced writers seeking an intensive writing and critiquing experience in a small-group workshop. Master Class members will begin the semester with pages ready for critique and will submit three times during the 15-week course. Admission is by invitation; for more information, contact Tommy Hays ([email protected]) or Elizabeth Lutyens ([email protected]). Class meets Tuesdays from 6:00-8:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 27, in Asheville.

The 10-week courses qualify for two UNC Asheville credit hours in Literature and Language; the 15-week courses earn three credit hours. For in-state residents, the cost is $279.68 for 10-week courses and $419.52 for 15-week courses. The costs are higher for out-of-state residents. A $20 non-refundable application fee for new students also is required. For more information or to register, visit the program website or call 828.250.2353.

January and February Events at Chimney Rock State Park

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Winter is the perfect season to explore all Chimney Rock has to offer; from catching miles of views to seeing which birds are nesting here during the colder months, learning how to identify trees without their leaves to kicking off the New Year with an invigorating hike, there’s no need to suffer from cabin fever during these chilly days!


HNF half frozen cropFirst Day Hikes
Date/Time: Thursday, January 1; 1pm hike at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 3pm hike at Rumbling Bald
Location: 1:00pm hike meet at Hickory Nut Falls trail; 3pm hike meet at Tunnel Entrance at 2:30pm for shuttle to Rumbling Bald. Shuttle will return to the Park at 4:30pm.

Description: Did you make a 2015 resolution to exercise more? Get off to a great start with an inspiring hike at Chimney Rock State Park, and see what makes winter the perfect time to explore our area. First, discover the beauty of the Hickory Nut Falls trail at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. Afterward, catch a shuttle at the Tunnel Entrance for a hike at Rumbling Bald, where you’ll be treated to views of Lake Lure and see the progress being made as State Parks works to reroute this trail. Be sure to bring water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Both hikes will be led by a Park naturalist or State Park Ranger and are considered moderately difficult.
Cost: Included with Park admission

Naturalist Niche: Winter Birding
Date/Time: Saturday, January 17; 10:30am-12pm
Location: Meet at Tunnel Entrance
Description:  Not all of our feathered friends fly south for the winter! Colder months are an excellent time for birding; leafless trees and open viewsheds provide ample opportunity to observe birds that don’t mind chilly temperatures. Grab your binoculars and a field guide and join a Park naturalist to see which birds have stuck close to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park for the winter season.
Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member


Grady sweet potato10th Annual Grady’s Groundhog Day
Date/Time: Monday February 2; 10:30 – 12:00
Location: Meadows
Description: Last year, Grady saw his shadow, correctly predicting six more weeks of winter. Will he be right again this year? Join our furry Park mascot on Groundhog’s Day to find out! Kids’ crafts will be offered; you can make it a day of fun for the whole family by rounding it all out with a hike to the top of Chimney Rock or down the Hickory Nut Falls trail.
Cost: Free with Park admission

PROMO: Valentine’s Day Special: Buy 1, Get 1 Free

Date/Time: February 13-15

Description: What better way to show your sweetheart some love than by bringing him or her to see beautiful, 75-mile views from the top of Chimney Rock? (Hint – we’ve had quite a few proposals on the Rock over the years; Valentine’s Day might be your day!) Download the special coupon from our website. Coupon must be presented to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase. Valid February 13-15, 2015, if Park is open.

Naturalist Niche: Winter Tree ID
Date/Time: February 21; 10:30am-12:30pm
Location: Meet at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den
Description: Think leaves are the only way to identify trees? Think again! Local naturalist Ron Lance leads this guided hike where he’ll explain how to use twigs, bark and buds to identify trees. Hike will be moderately difficult.
Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member





Mission Employees Receive WCU Certificate in Health Care

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Nineteen employees of Asheville-based Mission Health received certificates Thursday, Dec. 11, as members of the first cohort to complete a new graduate certificate program in health care innovation management offered in partnership with Western Carolina University.

Funded by Mission Health, the WCU program consists of four courses that employees take over a span of 21 months. Those who complete the program earn credit toward bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

The program is a component of Mission Health’s budding Center for Innovation, which was established to foster a spirit of advancement in health care throughout Western North Carolina. It combines entrepreneurial and innovation content with health care-specific modules. Courses focus on the skills of thinking creatively to implement new opportunities of value in the workplace, working effectively within a multidisciplinary team and leading through a culture of innovation.

“Mission Health is very proud of our caregivers who completed the WCU healthcare innovation management certificate program,” said Marc B. Westle, senior vice president for innovation for Mission Health. “We know they will use their new skills to help Mission Health find innovative and creative ways to be even more efficient and effective, and deliver a more exceptional experience for our patients and families.”

Members of the first graduating cohort are: Susan Anderson, supervisor of respiratory therapy at Mission Hospital, from Mills River; Jody Bender, independent project management consultant, from Asheville; Cynthia J. Brown, physician at Mission Children’s Hospital, from Asheville; Beth Cirillo, privacy officer at Mission Hospital, from Asheville; Ed Coye, director of information technology, western region, from Brevard; Nancy Critcher-White, manager of employee engagement at Mission Hospital, from Asheville; Rodney Foushee, regional director of marketing, western region, from Etowah; John Grindstaff, nursing unit supervisor at Mission Hospital, from Weaverville; Danny Gualano, systems engineer at Mission Hospital, from Leicester; Pam Hardin, coordinator of pet therapy at Mission Hospital, from Asheville; Alice Iannetta, laboratory manager at Mission Hospital, from Asheville; Caroline Lieberman, supervisor of inpatient rehabilitation services at Mission Hospital, from Asheville; John Locke, business performance coach for the Carolinas region at Dixon Hughes Goodman, from Arden; Megaan Lorenzen, director of clinical outcomes administration at Mission Hospital, from Asheville; Lakesha McDay, consultant for the Center for Leadership and Professional Development at Mission Hospital, from Asheville; Brandy Mills, manager of nursing professional development at Mission Hospital, from Arden; Maryalice Mobley, system manager for revenue cycle education at Mission Hospital, from Leicester; Maureen Winkenwerder, registered nurse at Mission Hospital, from Asheville; and Mary Ellen Wright, nurse researcher at Mission Hospital, from Fairview.

Hi-Wire Brewing to Add 15 Jobs New Brewing Facility

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – In conjunction with the Buncombe County Commission, Asheville City Council, and the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC), Hi-Wire Brewing announced today it will add 15 jobs and invest $1.62 million in a new brewing facility and equipment.

Hi-Wire’s investment will increase capacity from 4,000 to 17,000 barrels, with the potential to grow to 50,000 barrels a year. The new facility, which includes a tasting room, will enable increased statewide distribution and significantly higher production of its six-pack products with a new bottling line. Hi-Wire’s current brewery with seven employees at 197 Hilliard Avenue on Asheville’s South Slope will focus on featuring more special releases of unique styles and barrel-aged beer.

Since opening in June 2013, Hi-Wire Brewing was named Best New N.C. Brewery in 2013 by RateBeer and was awarded the most medals at the 2014 N.C. Brewer’s Cup. Hi-Wire’s light-hearted circus theme and artist-drawn labels embody the fun, authenticity, and creativity of its deep-rooted handmade craft.

“Hi-Wire is one of the success stories in the emergence of the City’s South Slope as a major economic engine. The City of Asheville’s focus on revitalizing this district will stimulate more private capital investment and employment, along with public improvements to infrastructure and walkability,” said Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer.

“We are grateful to the City of Asheville and Buncombe County for their support. And we wouldn’t be where we are today without all of our loyal fans in Asheville and across North Carolina. We’re excited about the opportunity to produce a lot more of our popular Hi-Wire LAGER and flagship beers,” remarked Adam Charnack, co-owner and Ringmaster of Hi-Wire Brewing.

“In the tradition of Asheville’s brewing community, Hi-Wire opened on day one with great beer and high demand. It’s exciting to see the company growing fast and adding good jobs,” commented David Gantt, Chairman of the Buncombe County Commissioners.

“The future is bright for young entrepreneurs like Adam at Hi-Wire whose dedication to quality and high growth elevate Asheville’s reputation as a national leader in craft brewing. The community’s sustained efforts to grow strategic target clusters have reached critical mass in the brewing industry,” said EDC Chairman Paul Szurek.

Hi-Wire Brewing, located in downtown Asheville, N.C., embraces its craft from top to bottom, from its hand-produced beers to its artwork, hand-drawn by a local artist. Hi-Wire was awarded the most medals at the 2014 N.C. Brewer’s Cup and the Best New N.C. Brewery for 2013 by RateBeer. Hi-Wire’s award-winning beers are available on draft at North Carolina bars, restaurants, and its downtown Asheville tasting room, as well as in 6-packs at retail outlets. Featuring four year-round beers—Hi-Wire LAGER, Prime Time PALE, Bed of Nails BROWN, and Hi-Pitch IPA—as well as a rotating selection of seasonal offerings, Hi-Wire Brewing invites you to “Walk on the Wire Side.” For an up-to-date listing of places to find Hi-Wire’s beer, visit hiwirebrewing.com.

The Economic Development Coalition (EDC) for Asheville-Buncombe County is a public-private partnership committed to: creating and retaining high quality jobs, community leadership, and being a resource for better business decisions.  The EDC accomplishes this mission through its four core services: business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurship, research, and marketing and recruitment.  The EDC is funded by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, the Town of Weaverville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and the AVL 5×5 Campaign. Visit www.ashevillechamber.org/economic-development.

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization with over 1,800 member businesses and organizations. Chamber members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business. The Chamber is home to a 4,000 square foot Visitor Center which welcomes over 200,000 visitors per year. To get active in the Chamber, visit www.ashevillechamber.org.