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Asheville is recognized worldwide for being a hub for healthcare industries, maker economies and craft entrepreneurship, breweries, small businesses, travel and tourism, breathtaking natural resources, and a rich place for arts, culture, music and entertainment. The Community and Economic Development Department promotes the City’s development polices and leverages resources in order to enhance economic opportunity. We work with the community to improve economic and social conditions to create a vibrant, robust and sustainable city.

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Visiting Artist Project: Community input/design workshops announced for Celebrating African-Americans Through Public Art project

  The City of Asheville, in partnership with Art Ecologie abd adé PROJECT, will host four community workshops to help in the completion of a mural and two installations representing the legacy and memories of THE BLOCK.  Residents are invited to become part of the artistic process. The final piece will be unveiled in September during the Goombay [...]

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Fourth of July: Change in sanitation schedule, holiday bus service, plus information about downtown fireworks

    Sanitation schedule shifts, ART buses to run on holiday schedule   Asheville City government offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.   Trash and recycling collection Asheville Sanitation will be closed July 4, as the local landfill and transfer stations will be closed. Residents whose collection day is Thursday will have their trash and [...]

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City launches survey on Thomas Wolfe Auditorium renovation

    The City of Asheville is launching a community survey to inform the future design of Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. During the next few months, U.S. Cellular Center staff will engage the public as well as faculty stakeholders to determine how to best update the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium to meet community and patron needs.   The survey, which will [...]