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City of Asheville staff get hands-on lessons in home energy savings

City of Asheville employees attending two Nov. 17 workshops got hands-on lessons in increasing energy efficiency and saving money through finding and sealing attic and basement gaps and leaks in their homes. Around 70 city employees attended the workshops hosted by the City of Asheville’s Office of Sustainability and conducted in partnership with the city’s […]

Asheville Buncombe Homeless Initiative launches social media tools

November 14 – 20 is National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week, and the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Initiative is utilizing the event to push its newly-developed social media effort into the community. Homeless Initiative Coordinator Amy Sawyer says the social media component is intended to strengthen the information network built by the Asheville Buncombe Homeless Coalition and […]

Asheville firefighters stay on top of training opportunities

When your job can involve any dangerous scenario from burning buildings to high-rise rescues, you never stop preparing, says Asheville Fire Department Division Chief of Safety and Training Barry Hendren. “We’re always ready to do training for the unexpected,” says Hendren. “It just helps us be better prepared for what comes our way.” In recent […]

City of Asheville’s technology roll out increases efficiency across departments

In an organization of more than 1,000 people, speedy and accurate information flow means not only increased efficiency but also real dollars. That’s an underlying theme that emerges when City of Asheville employees talk about the recently launched technology upgrade that provides not only swifter access to data but also easier communication between city departments […]

In the halls with Asheville Police Department’s School Resource Officers

Before becoming a School Resource Officer, Jason Briscoe served in the military and worked as a patrol officer for the Asheville Police Department. But the Asheville native says working among students, teachers and administrators, first at Asheville Middle School, then at Asheville High, was an eye-opener. “My hat goes off to the teachers and principals […]

City of Asheville named as recipient of HUD and DOT Livable Communities award

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that the City of Asheville is among 62 nationwide recipients of sustainable community grant funding stemming from a collaboration between the DOT and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (See the DOT press release here.) DOT and HUD announced a total of $68 million in Challenge […]

Land-Of-Sky Regional Council wins $1.6 million Sustainable Communities Grant

The Land-of-Sky Regional Council has been awarded a $1.6 million grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Sustainable Housing and Community Planning in Western North Carolina. The Council is the lead agency in a WNC Livable Communities effort and a consortium of partners that includes the City of Asheville. The Livable […]

City of Asheville secures FTA grant for pedestrian crossing signals in key transit areas

The City of Asheville has secured grant funding that will allow for the installation of crossing signals at four high-traffic intersections that connect pedestrian commuters with transit and business centers. The Federal Transit Administration grant, secured through the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization, will fund the majority of the cost for pedestrian signals at […]

Advisory Committee tour part of community process for river district redesign

On October 29, an advisory committee made up of members from a diverse selection of stakeholder organizations got a first hand look at the challenges and opportunities in creating a riverway redevelopment plan in the City of Asheville’s River District. For three hours, the Advisory Committee for the Wilma Dykeman Riverway River Arts District Section […]