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Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer announces City Manager Gary Jackson’s retirement

Gary Jackson today is publicly announcing his retirement as City Manager of Asheville.   Gary has served Asheville faithfully and effectively since June 27, 2005. He has served with dignity and integrity. The City of Asheville owes Gary a huge debt of gratitude for his leadership and effectiveness throughout his tenure. We will miss Gary […]

Asheville Mayor, councilmembers sworn into office

Surrounded by her family, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer takes her oath of office for her second term Dec. 5, 2017.     Re-elected Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer and three councilmembers were sworn into office Dec. 5 in City Hall’s Council Chambers.  These included re-elected councilwoman Gwen Wisler and newly elected councilmembers Sheneika Smith and Vijay Kapoor.   […]

Asheville awarded $4.6 million by TDA to complete the RADTIP Project

Left to right are TPDF Committee Chair Robert Foster, Mayor Esther Manheimer, BCTDA Chair Jim Muth and Explore Asheville President & CEO Stephanie Brown.   The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) voted at its regular Oct. 25 board meeting  to increase its investment in the City of Asheville’s Riverfront Redevelopment Program. The board voted […]

Historic panels installed on Montford bus shelters

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer, above right, joined members of the Montford community  in an Oct. 3 celebration of five panels outlining the neighborhood’s history recently installed on City bus shelters along Montford Avenue. The panels honor Montford’s lost homes, past residents, bygone scenes and African American heritage. They highlight the neighborhood’s diversity and its struggles with […]

Asheville Mayor calls on activists to exercise their rights peacefully

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer calls on activists to exercise their rights peacefully, with respect for the law, and with respect for others.   “Since Charlottesville, the people of Asheville have overwhelmingly expressed that they oppose Neo-Nazi and White Supremacist agendas,” the Mayor noted. “Since Charlottesville, more people have become galvanized to work together to dismantle […]

Asheville Mayor Manheimer issues statement condemning hate speech, promoting unity

In the wake of the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va., the Asheville community condemns the actions of people who espouse hate speech against any race or ethnicity, and especially those who promote white supremacy. Let us be clear that inclusion and diversity are core values of the City of Asheville. City Council’s Vision 2036 promotes our […]

Plaque honoring African American brick artisan to be dedicated at Asheville’s Municipal Building

James Vester Miller     Born a slave, an Asheville man went on to leave his fingerprints on some of Asheville’s most prominent buildings. At 4 p.m. July 27, a plaque commemorating the contributions of famed African American brick artisan James Vester Miller will be dedicated in front of Asheville’s Municipal Building, 100 Court Plaza. […]

Memorial Day Concert and Ceremony to be held in Pack Square Park

The City of Asheville Mayor’s Committee for Veterans Affairs will host its annual Memorial Day Concert and Ceremony on the Roger McGuire Green stage of Pack Square Park starting at 2:30 p.m. May 29. The award-winning North Carolina Fort Bragg 82nd Airborne Band will perform before, after and during the ceremony. Asheville’s noted choral group The […]

Asheville Mayor issues statement about introduction of bill to repeal HB2

Asheville Esther Manheimer released the following statement today:   “Yesterday Representative Chuck McGrady, along with Representatives Marvin Lucas, Ken Goodman and Ted Davis, filed House Bill 186 titled Repeal HB2/State Nondiscrimination Policies. I appreciate Representative McGrady’s and his colleagues’ continued efforts to identify a bipartisan solution that will bring back our conventions, sporting events and […]

Asheville Mayor issues statement about civil liberties resolution

A statement by Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer:   With the recently signed executive order, many in our community are worried and scared about what their future holds.  Please know that Asheville remains an open and welcoming community where we recognize that our nation’s strength was born out of our diversity.  Our diversity is to be […]

NC Supreme Court ruling allows City of Asheville to retain water system

The North Carolina Supreme Court has issued a decision. The decision indicates that the Court has overturned the original legislation which allows the City of Asheville to retain operation of the water system. City legal staff is currently reviewing the decision and will issue any additional information as it becomes available. The decision is posted […]