Oskar Blues ramps up production at Brevard brewery

June 11, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

With a 30% increase in annual sales, Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard will increase capacity from 85,000 barrels to 210,000 barrels. Construction on the project, which includes a 17,000-square-foot building addition and an expanded wastewater treatment building, is expected to be complete in six months.

Montreat College welcomes students from Florida school

June 10, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Montreat College has extended an offer for students of the shuttered Clearwater Christian College in Florida to transfer without delaying graduation or incurring additional costs. Each Clearwater student would receive a $6,000 award in addition to other financial aid for which the student may be eligible.

Asheville breweries pay living wage to retain, attract employees

June 8, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

More than a dozen breweries in the Asheville area pay their employees a certified living wage, while others strive to pay workers fair wages in a competitive industry and an expensive housing market. The Asheville Brewers Alliance estimates local brewers employ more than 1,000 people.

AdvantageWest to close by year-end

June 5, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

AdvantageWest will cease operations by year-end after 21 years. The regional economic-development group, which represents 23 counties in western N.C., is working to transfer its programs to other nonprofits in the region.

Asheville's AvL Technologies adding 90 jobs

June 4, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

AvL Technologies will create 90 new jobs in an expansion of its Asheville plant, where it makes mobile satellite antenna systems. Buncombe County commissioners approved incentives of more than $300,000 for the 21-year-old company. AvL will invest at least $11.5 million in facility improvements.

Three sentenced to prison in Seven Falls case

June 3, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Three people involved in the Seven Falls real-estate and bank fraud case were sentenced to prison on Tuesday. Eight people have received prison time in the case, which involved a failed residential development in Henderson County. Developer Keith Vinson is scheduled to be sentenced June 25.

A-B Tech faces budget shortfall

June 2, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College will lay off six employees and cut another four jobs through attrition as a result of an unexpected budget shortfall. The college will receive less state funding than expected due to a 4% drop in student enrollment.

Blowing Rock health care facility to open March 2016

May 29, 2015

(The Watauga Democrat)

Construction of Chestnut Ridge at Blowing Rock, a health care facility on 68 acres that will replace Blowing Rock Hospital and an extended-care center, is moving ahead of schedule and is now 47% complete.

Record job growth lifts Asheville housing market

May 28, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Local job growth – which is twice the national average over the last year, according to an economist with Nationwide Insurance –  and steep rents are contributing to a strong housing market in Asheville.

Duke Energy to shutter Asheville coal plant

May 20, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Duke Energy Progress said Tuesday it will close its 376-megawatt, coal-fired power plant at Lake Julian within five years. The utility will build a new 650-watt, natural gas-fired plant that also will utilize solar energy. Duke plans to invest $1.1 billion in the project, which includes a new transmission substation in South Carolina. Pending state regulatory approval, the new plant could go online by 2020.

Western NC, upstate SC leaders join forces

May 20, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Business leaders from western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina met Tuesday to discuss taking a regional approach to economic development. The inaugural meeting of the I-26 Regional Business Leadership drew more than 80 business members from cities including Asheville, Spartanburg, S.C., and Greenville, S.C.

Asheville's Biltmore Village attracts new merchants

May 19, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville's historic Biltmore Village is thriving, with nine new independent merchants slated to open by June. Retail shops and restaurants there have reported a 5 to 20% increase in sales from 2013-14.

Asheville City Council cracks down on short-term rentals

May 14, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Members of the Asheville City Council want to toughen enforcement on short-term property rentals gaining popularity through websites such as Airbnb.com, saying the practice turns quiet, residential neighborhoods into noisy hotel districts and reduces affordable housing.

New Belgium's distribution center is complete

May 13, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

New Belgium Brewing has completed construction of a 141,000-square-foot distribution center in Enka. The Fort Collins, Colo.-based beer company's West Asheville brewery, which will serve the eastern United States, is under construction and scheduled to open by year-end.

Asheville restaurateurs: Lower taxes would help with wage issues

May 7, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville restaurant owners say there's no quick fix to wage disputes in the industry, particularly in a city where a rising cost of living forces many workers to live outside the city limit.

Buncombe may tighten construction rules near parkway

May 5, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Concerned that development will impact tourism, Buncombe County commissioners plan to vote Tuesday on strengthening restrictions on construction along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Asheville's BB&T building to become upscale hotel

April 29, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

McKibbon Hotel Group will convert Asheville's 17-story BB&T building into a high-end, boutique hotel with rates comparable to those of the Omni Grove Park Inn and the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville. Construction is scheduled to be complete in 2017. "It will absolutely be the nicest hotel in the city," according to John McKibbon, chairman of the Tampa, Fla.-based hotel group.

Another craft brewer eyes Asheville for expansion

April 27, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery, the nation's sixth largest craft-beer brewer, is looking to build a brewery and distribution center that will allow it to expand in the Southeast and along the East Coast. Deschutes representatives in December visited several Asheville sites, including a 137-acre parcel recently purchased by Buncombe County, and plan to return in May.

Mission Health ranked among nation's best hospital systems

April 24, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

For the fourth consecutive year, Truven Health Analytics named Asheville's Mission Health one of the top 15 health systems in the United States. Mission earned the recognition for its low rate of complications, low death rates and high marks on overall patient satisfaction, among other criteria.

Yancey County deploys gigabit Internet service

April 21, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Yancey County deployed an ultra-fast Internet network in March, offering residents speeds of up to one gigabit per second. The project, which will expand into Mitchell County, was funded by an $18.6 million federal grant and a $6.6 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.