Trade group seeks to build awareness in Western NC

February 2, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Fletcher-based Outdoor Gear Builders, a trade group that comprises 24 manufacturers based in Western N.C., will hold its first demo-day March 21. Outdoor-gear companies based in Western N.C. employ about 470 people, according to the AdvantageWest economic-development organization.

No end in sight for migration to Asheville

January 30, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville's population is growing at a rate of about three people a day, and the city will gain about 3,000 new apartment units over the next two years. The metro area, which includes Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Madison counties hasn't lost population in more than four decades.

Asheville Outlets to open May 1

January 29, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville Outlets, an open-air shopping center featuring about 75 retail shops, will open May 1. A job fair will be held March 26, though some stores are already hiring for management positions.

Asheville City Council considers 477 new apartments

January 27, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville City Council could approve two apartment projects totaling 477 units at its Tuesday meeting. A group of local residents have expressed concern over the 309-unit Biltmore Apartments, which they say will cause increased traffic and will be priced too high for the Oakley and East Asheville area.

Caterpillar to close Franklin plant, lay off 150 people

January 19, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Caterpillar will close its plant in Franklin, idling 150 workers by the end of next year. Opened in the early 1990s, the Macon County plant makes seals for heavy equipment. The Peoria, Ill.-based company said it will try to help workers find jobs at other plants.

Asheville Angels makes first investment in Plum Print

January 19, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville Angels has made its first investment, totaling more than $100,000, in Plum Print, a two-year-old local business that turns children's artwork into books. The group of angel investors was formed last year to invest in startups in the Asheville area and across the Southeast.

Rutherford County's first solar farm producing on target

January 19, 2015

(The Daily Courier, Forest City)

Rutherford County's first solar farm is up and running, and Asheville-based FLS Energy, which built the farm and leases the property, is talking with local economic-development officials about building a second farm. The 15-acre solar array is projected to produce enough electricity to power 300 to 350 homes.

Small Western NC breweries grow, thrive near larger ones

January 19, 2015

(Hendersonville Times-News)

Small craft breweries in Henderson and Transylvania counties are thriving in the shadow of Asheville (known as Beer CIty USA) and larger brewers such as Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues and New Belgium. 

Leader says Asheville needs to appeal to both locals and visitors

January 16, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The president of a downtown advocacy group says Asheville needs to be more welcoming to locals, who often avoid downtown on the weekends due to crowds of tourists and parking concerns.

Mission Health addresses care deficit in Haywood County

January 15, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Mission Health says its new outpatient-care clinic in Haywood County will provide basic health care in an area that is underserved. The Asheville-based health-care system expects to serve 5,000 patients annually at the new medical-office building in Clyde, which is expected to be completed by fall.

Restaurants, art studios planned building in Asheville's River Arts District

January 13, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The architect and developer of Asheville's River Arts District project plans art studios, restaurants, a rooftop bar and other food-related businesses at the 60,000-square-foot 95 Roberts St. building. 

Biotech company to hire 65 in Asheville

January 12, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

White Labs will invest $8.1 million and hire 65 workers over five years in Asheville. The San Diego, Calif.-based biotech company makes yeast for beer and other alcoholic drinks.

Thousands seek jobs at annual recruiting event in Western NC

January 8, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Thousand of people turned out Wednesday for the annual Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce job fair, where 98 employers were looking to fill about 6,000 positions. The Asheville MSA, which includes Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Madison counties, had the state's lowest unemployment rate in November.

Asheville-based Ingles stock hits record high

January 8, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Shares of Asheville-based Ingles Markets closed at $40.90 on Monday, setting a record high for the grocery-store chain, and trading volume was about five times its normal pace. Ingles stock has risen about 43% over the past month.

Tupelo Honey introduces new menu

January 7, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Asheville-based Tupelo Honey Cafe is updating its menu, bar menu and interior look to appeal to a new generation of diners, the company said in a news release. Started in 2000 in Asheville, the company now has eight locations in the Carolinas and Tennessee and will expand to Virginia later this year.

Mission Health ends contract with American Red Cross

January 5, 2015

(The Sylva Herald)

Mission Hospital announced a new contract with South Carolina-based The Blood Connection, which provides blood and blood-related products. The Asheville-based health system says the contract will allow it to cut costs because the South Carolina nonprofit charges 15% less than the national average. Mission said the Red Cross was unable to meet its blood demands.

Tourism, breweries and manufacturing boost Asheville economy

January 2, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Tourism led the Asheville area's economy in 2014, where at least six new hotels are planned or under construction. Other jobs announcements included multiple brewery expansions and manufacturing expansions by GE Aviation and Linamar.

Wong passes torch to daughter at Highland Brewing

January 2, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Oscar Wong is stepping down as president of Highland Brewing, the Asheville based company he founded 20 years ago. His daughter, Leah Wong Ashburn, will run the craft brewery while Wong will remain as chairman. 
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Campaign underway to increase solar projects in Western NC counties

December 22, 2014

(The Watauga Democrat)

A local effort is underway to install as many rooftop solar systems as possible in Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties before North Carolina's 35% renewable-energy tax credit expires Dec. 31, 2015. Clean Energy for Boone will offer subsidies of up to $1,500 to homeowners and businesses who participate in its program.

$26M Cherokee Justice Center opens

December 18, 2014

(The Sylva Herald)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians opened a $26 million justice center Wednesday near downtown Cherokee. The 76,000-square-foot center will house a tribal police station, courthouse and a 96-bed jail.