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Planning and Development


Asheville Innovation Districts designed to enhance smart growth

Asheville Innovation Districts designed to enhance smart growth

Asheville’s Innovation Districts are emerging platforms where public-private partnerships intersect with City infrastructure, designed to promote hubs where jobs and sense of place connect with community. The Innovation Districts were the topic of a Leadership Asheville Buzz breakfast panel discussion Aug. 18, moderated by Steph Monson Dahl, the City’s Riverfront Redevelopment Office Director. Asheville Mayor

Asheville Innovation Districts the topic of Leadership Asheville breakfast

Asheville Innovation Districts the topic of Leadership Asheville breakfast

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer will participate in a panel discussion on the City’s Innovation Districts at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, as part of Leadership Asheville’s latest Buzz breakfast. The event at Renaissance Asheville Hotel, downtown, will be moderated by Steph Monson Dahl, the City’s Riverfront Redevelopment Office Director. Other panelists will include New Belgium


City of Asheville wins SBA grant to help streamline business start-up process

City of Asheville wins SBA grant to help streamline business start-up process

The City of Asheville is committed to making it easier for every entrepreneur to start a business. A $50,000 grant awarded to the City from the Small Business Administration will go toward helping the City streamline permitting and other necessary paperwork for start-ups. “We believe an entrepreneur’s time is best spent developing innovative products and

City of Asheville hires planning director

City of Asheville hires planning director

The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that, after a nationwide search, Todd Okolichany will serve as the City’s new Planning Director, effective Sept. 8. Okolichany comes to the City of Asheville from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he served as principal planner for the Department of Sustainable Development. A LEED-Green Associate accredited by the Green

City of Asheville’s economic development toolbox: Incentives and infrastructure

City of Asheville’s economic development toolbox: Incentives and infrastructure

Sam Powers knows there’s a boom of manufacturing growth going on in Asheville – something on the order of a 100-year flood of it. “We’ve had this wave of catalytic projects that are over $100 million and that’s unheard of,” said Powers, director of Asheville’s Community & Economic Development Department. “Most communities see a project


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