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Allegiant to begin nonstop service from Asheville to Palm Beach, Fla.

March 5, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Allegiant Air will begin nonstop flights from Asheville to Palm Beach, Fla. beginning in May. Las Vegas-based Allegiant has added nonstop flights to Florida destinations including Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers over the past several years.

Buncombe commissioners approve funding for Moogfest

March 5, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved a request to give $90,000 to Moogfest, the annual electronic music festival to be held in April that will expand this year to include a technology expo. Festival organizers expect a $30 million economic impact from the five-day event.

National parks made $2 billion impact on Western NC in 2012

March 4, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

A National Park Service study shows that visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Carl Sandburg Home and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Western N.C. supported 23,201 jobs in 2012 and made a $2 billion economic impact on the region.

Biltmore tops list of NC tourist attractions

March 4, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Matthews-based Carolina Publishing Associates ranked Biltmore Estate in Asheville as the state's most visited attraction in 2013, ahead of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh and the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro.

Kearfott to expand Buncombe County manufacturing plant

March 3, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Kearfott Corp. will add 75 jobs and invest $11.8 million over three years in an expansion of its Black Mountain plant. The New Jersey-based company makes navigation systems for drones and other military equipment.

Cherokee County businesses preparing for arrival of new casino

March 3, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Small-business owners in Cherokee County are hopeful the new Harrah's casino and hotel, scheduled to open next year, will be good for business, but they are equally concerned the project will attract more national chains to the area. Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel will invest $110 million in the county, and expects to hire 900 full-time workers.

California HVAC manufacturer to open Rutherford County plant

February 28, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

California-based Team Air Inc. will open a manufacturing plant in Rutherford County and will create 70 jobs there. The company is investing $4.2 million over the next three years at the plant, which will make custom HVAC products for commercial and industrial customers.

Festival organizers use studies to predict economic impact

February 27, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Organizers of festivals and cultural events such as the upcoming Moogfest in Asheville are commissioning economic impact studies in order to secure government and private funding and to provide a benchmark for determining whether or not an event is successful.

Duke studies impact of Cherokee casino funds on families

February 27, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In a study of members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Duke University researchers concluded that cash supplements from casino profits can improve the lives of children. The study followed 1,400 people in Western N.C., including 350 Cherokees tribe members. 

Montreat merger with Georgia's Point University is off

February 26, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Point University will not merge with Montreat College, citing complications involving legal agreements and concerns about the merger from Montreat students and faculty. The merger between the East Point, Ga. university and Montreat, which has struggled financially, was announced last year.

Sierra Nevada getting closer to production at Mills River

February 20, 2014

(Hendersonville Times-News)

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has achieved a flavor-match between two of its brands produced at its new brewery in Mills River and at its Chico, Calif. brewery, bringing the company a step closer to full-scale production. The brewery hopes to open its doors to the public in August.

NCDOT to build bridge, new road to Cherokee casino site in Murphy

February 19, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a Tennessee construction company a contract to build a bridge to the site of a planned casino in Murphy. The DOT will also build a road near the site of the casino and a hotel to be operated by Caesar's Entertainment Corp. The casino and hotel are expected to create 900 jobs.

Asheville's HomeTrust Bank to repurchase shares

February 17, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

HomeTrust Bancshares Inc., holding company for Asheville-based HomeTrust Bank, will repurchase 5% of the company's outstanding shares. It's the company's third repurchase plan since going public in July 2012.

Chinese importers tour North Carolina distilleries

February 14, 2014

(Lenoir News-Topic)

A group of Chinese business representatives visited Lenoir's Carolina Distillery to sample the company's apple brandy this week as part of a tour of North Carolina distilleries. The companies are looking for hand-crafted spirits and new products to bring to the Chinese market.  

Millions of dollars invested in Asheville craft breweries

February 10, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

In 2004, Highland Brewing opened Asheville's first craft brewery with three employees. Twenty years later, area breweries employ more than 250 workers, a number that should more than double when New Belgium and Sierra Nevada open operations there. 

Apple farmers, vendors share ideas at winter conference

February 7, 2014

(Hendersonville Times-News)

About 200 people attended the 2014 Winter Apple School in Flat Rock this week, where topics included cold-weather crop damage, disease prevention and marketing. Henderson County is No. 1 in the state in apple production; a bumper crop in 2013 brought in $39 million in gross revenue and provided jobs for more than 8,000 people.

Asheville's Hi-Wire named Best New Brewery

February 6, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The website ratebeer.com has named downtown Asheville's Hi-Wire Brewing Co. the Best New Brewery in N.C. The Hilliard Ave. brewery opened just seven months ago.

Zoning approved for downtown Asheville hotel

February 6, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville's Planning and Zoning Commission approved plans for a 12-story Cambria Suites hotel to be built downtown across from the historic Grove Arcade. Developer Tony Fraga expects contruction to begin this summer.

Co-defendant in Seven Falls case gets sentence reduced

February 5, 2014

(Hendersonville Times-News)

Former bank president George Gordon "Buddy" Greenwood received a six-month reduction in a four-year prison sentence for cooperating with federal prosecutors in the Seven Falls development case. Greenwood pleaded guilty to embezzlement and money-laundering charges in June 2011.

Western NC hospital joins Mission Health

February 4, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital has joined Mission Health, hospital officials announced Monday. Highlands CEO Craig James will now be an employee of the not-for-profit Mission, the state's sixth largest health system.