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Asheville philanthropist celebrates launch of climate center

March 28, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Mack Pearsall believes this month's opening of The Collider in downtown Asheville can bring high-paying jobs to the city and make it a hub for the climate-data industry.

Site of proposed Tiger Woods golf course listed at $24M

March 25, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

A 795-acre parcel of land about 25 minutes from downtown Asheville is for sale. Asking price: nearly $24 million. The land is part of the Cliffs at High Carolina, a development announced in 2007 that was to include about 1,000 upscale homes and the first U.S. golf course designed by Tiger Woods ("Life after Tiger," April 2014).

Deschutes Brewery chooses Roanoke over Asheville

March 23, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery said Tuesday it has picked Roanoke, Va., as the location for its East Coast brewery. Buncombe County had spent $6.8 million to buy 137 acres for the project; David Gantt, chairman of the Buncombe County commission, said he believes the county will be able to sell the land without losing money.

Asheville's Parsec Financial expands with purchase of Millard & Co.

March 22, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville wealth management firm Parsec Financial will expand in southwestern North Carolina and upstate South Carolina with the acquisition of Tryon-based Millard & Co. Founder Andy Millard is stepping aside to focus on his campaign for North Carolina's 10th Congressional District.

3 film projects expected to spend $41M in Asheville area

March 14, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Three film productions, including a made-for-TV remake of the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing, are expected to spend more than $41 million in the Asheville area this year. The projects are expected to provide jobs for a combined 465 local crew members and 1,411 local extras.

Allegiant adds flight from Asheville to Jacksonville

March 9, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Low-cost carrier Allegiant announced a new route between Asheville and Jacksonville, Fla. The flight will be available on Mondays and Fridays from May 27 to Aug. 15.

Berger assembles group to look at Charlotte's LGBT ordinance

March 9, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger named 10 state senators that will explore possible ways to overturn a Charlotte ordinance that would allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice. Meanwhile, Asheville City Council said Tuesday that city doesn't need a similar ordinance.

Asheville's Tupelo Honey heading to Colorado

March 3, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Tupelo Honey will open a restaurant in Denver, its first location outside the Southeast. The chain, started in Asheville in 2000, opened four new stores last year and has another planned in Atlanta this year.

Asheville's Biltmore Park a boon for South Buncombe

March 2, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Retail space is 90% full, while office space is 95% full at the 10-year-old, 1,000-acre Asheville development owned by Biltmore Farms. The company owns an adjacent 100 acres for future development. The area includes 650 single-family homes, 120 apartments and 72 condos. About 2,000 people live and work in the 43-acre Town Square, an urban village that is the commercial core of Biltmore Park.

Duke Energy gets approval for new Asheville power plant

March 1, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The state Utilities Commission approved Duke Energy's $1 billion plan to build two natural-gas turbines to replace its coal-burning units at Lake Julian near Asheville. The commission rejected Duke's request to build a third unit, though the utility could seek approval for that project at a later date.

3 film projects receive state incentives

February 29, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Lionsgate TV was awarded a $4 million state film grant for a remake of the 80s movie Dirty Dancing. Filming will take place in Buncombe and Jackson counties. The state Commerce department also awarded film grants for Shots Fired, a TV show that will film in Charlotte, and an independent movie titled Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which will film in western N.C.

Western NC schools face declining enrollments

February 26, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The Haywood County school board voted this week to close Central Elementary at the end of the school year, a casualty of declining enrollment that is becoming common in some rural western N.C. counties due to the loss of manufacturing jobs.

Linamar adding 350 jobs in Henderson County

February 23, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

A joint venture that includes Ontario-based auto-parts manufacturer Linamar will open a new plant in Mills River in mid-2017, hiring 350 people to make aluminum components for cars. The company will invest $217 million in the plant and could receive up to $4.7 million in state incentives.

Huge demand for New Belgium jobs in Asheville

February 18, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

New Belgium Brewing received about 200 applications for each of the 20 jobs at its Liquid Center tasting room in West Asheville. The brewery now has about 80 employees; a spokeswoman said that number should increase to 140-150 by the end of 2017. When the tasting room opens later this month, the Colorado company will become Buncombe County's 25th craft brewery.

Opposition grows over proposed Asheville power plant

February 16, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Opponents of Duke Energy's plans to build two natural-gas power plants in the Asheville region will have to submit written critiques; a quick 45-day approval process requested by legislators leaves no time for customary hearings.

DMV denies photo ID for 86-year-old Asheville woman

February 12, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The tale of an 86-year-old Asheville woman who applied for a photo ID so she could vote in next month's election — and was turned away — has sparked more debate over the state's voter ID law. "We messed that one up," state DMV Commissioner Kelly Thomas said.

Ingles reports first quarter results

February 10, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Net sales declined 1.4% to $951.1 million, but gross profit increased to $225.6 million from $224.4 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2016 at Ingles Markets. The Asheville-based grocery chain is planning capital investments of $100 million to $140 million in 2016.

SC energy company says it can power western NC

February 8, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Columbia Energy says it can provide Duke Energy Progress with 523 megawatts of power produced at its Gaston, S.C.-based plant, a deal the South Carolina company says would lead to cheaper power bills for western N.C. residents than Duke's proposed natural-gas plants in Asheville.

Asheville awaits brewery announcement

February 5, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Deschutes Brewery will announce in about a month where it plans to build its East Coast brewery. The Bend, Ore.-based beer company is believed to be considering Asheville; Roanoke, Va.; and Charleston and Greenville, S.C. The brewery would create 100 jobs and is expected to become a tourist destination similar to Sierra Nevada's Mills River brewery.

New Belgium pushes back opening of Asheville brewery

February 3, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

New Belgium has delayed the opening of its $140 million West Asheville brewery by a month. The beer-maker will open its tasting room in March and begin brewery tours in April.