BorgWarner seeks to fill 60 jobs in Arden

October 23, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

BorgWarner has 60 third-shift positions to fill at its Arden plant. The Michigan-based powertrain manufacturer said it is producing a new line of turbochargers for General Motors.

Millennials fuel Western NC population growth

October 21, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Census data shows millennials – not baby boomers – are the major source of population change over the last five years in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties.

Asheville approves 12-story medical tower

October 15, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville City Council approved Mission Health's site plan for a 12-story, $400 million tower that will likely be the largest construction project in the city's history. The 681,000-square-foot structure will replace the aging St. Joseph's hospital campus and will include new operating rooms and a new ER. Construction is scheduled to be completed in November 2018.

Asheville on short list for major brewery

October 14, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The president of Bend, Ore.-based Deschutes Brewery will visit with local brewers in Asheville next week. The nation's sixth-largest craft brewer is also considering Charlottesville and Roanoke in Virginia and Greenville and Charleston in South Carolina for its first East Coast facility. Deschutes says it will make its decision by year-end.

Warren Wilson to pull investments in fossil fuels

October 13, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa is the latest higher-education institution to commit to selling its shares of investments in fossil fuels. Trustees voted unanimously to divest endowment funds from fossil fuels by 2020. Warren Wilson's endowment totals nearly $55 million. Brevard College in Transylvania County announced a similar plan earlier this year (Statewide, April).

Former Asheville coffee house owners issue statement

October 7, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The former owners of Waking Life coffee shop in West Asheville released an emotional farewell statement after turning over the keys to the owners of Izzy's Coffee Den, another downtown coffee house. Waking Life was forced to close last month after its owners posted misogynistic statements online which they believed were anonymous.

Buncombe commissioners divided over land sale

October 6, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Three Buncombe County commissioners want to sell a 137-acre parcel of land the county acquired in May as a possible industrial site. Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery looked at the land in December for an East Coast brewery and distribution center that would employ about 100 people. Deschutes plans to decide by year-end where it will locate the brewery.

Asheville's emergence as a tourism-retiree community

October 5, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville and Buncombe County's evolution into a popular tourist destination and a haven for retirees has brought a mix of good and bad, including a scarcity of affordable housing.

Facebook investing $200 million in Rutherford County site

October 2, 2015

Facebook is adding a third data center in Forest City, about 70 miles west of Charlotte, entailing an investment of more than $200 million. The company started construction on its Rutherford County site in 2010.

Mars Hill University kicks off $31M fundraising campaign

October 1, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Mars Hill University has raised $25 million toward a fundraising goal of $31 million. The money will be used for a 29,000-square-foot health-sciences building, other construction and renovation projects and student scholarships. The Madison County institution enrolls about 1,300 undergraduates.

Asheville Citizen-Times publisher resigns

September 29, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

David Neill announced his resignation Monday as publisher of the Asheville Citizen-Times and Greenville News. Neill, who has held the position for two years, said he is leaving Oct. 16 to be closer to his family in Florida.

Asheville nonprofit asks business to return loan after online posts

September 23, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The nonprofit Mountain BizWorks has asked the owners of an Asheville coffee shop to return money it loaned them to open a second location after its owners posted derogatory accounts of sex acts with women online.

Mission Health expanding its network of doctors

September 21, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Mission Health Partners, the accountable-care organization formed by the Asheville-based health system in June 2014, will add 550 specialists to its network of 275 primary-care doctors in 2016. The physician-led network includes private and company physicians and community health centers that all follow the same standards of care.

App State receives $1.16M grant to address STEM teacher shortage in rural areas

September 21, 2015

(The Watauga Democrat)

Appalachian State University was awarded a $1.16 million grant from the National Science Foundation to provide scholarships for math and science majors who agree to teach in rural schools. The scholarships are valued at $10,000 per year and are renewable for up to three years.

New Belgium has begun hiring for West Asheville brewery

September 16, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

New Belgium should be making beer at its new West Asheville brewery by year-end. About 600 people have applied for 80 jobs in the brewery's initial hiring phase; New Belgium plans to eventually employ up to 140 workers.

Henderson County passes resolution opposing Duke power lines

September 9, 2015

(Hendersonville Times-News)

Henderson County commissioners passed a resolution that says a proposed Duke Energy transmission line project would have a negative impact on property owners and the county's economy. The utility wants to run 45 miles of power lines from a proposed Asheville power plant to a substation in South Carolina.

New Harrah's casino hopes to draw gamblers across state lines

September 8, 2015

(Rocky Mount Telegram)

The Cherokee tribe is hoping to lure more gamblers from Georgia and Tennessee when it opens a new, $110 million casino in Murphy on Sept. 28. The new location is about 60 miles southwest of the tribe's existing casino, which opened in 1997 and underwent a $650 expansion in 2012 ("Double down," June 2012).

Airbnb reporting leads to spike in Buncombe County travel sales

September 3, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Local online travel company sales for Buncombe County jumped from $344,177 in May to $1.4 million in June, the same month Airbnb began reporting sales to the county tax department. The San Francisco-based company allows homeowners to rent out their properties to travelers on a short-term basis.

Western NC sees more international tourists

August 31, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville business owners are noticing an uptick in the number of international tourists. About 1.2 million international travelers visited the state in 2013, the latest year statistics are available, but tourism officials expect a significant increase in 2014 and 2015.

Henderson County businesses concerned over power lines

August 31, 2015

(Hendersonville Times-News)

Summer camps and apple orchards are among Henderson County businesses concerned over the impact of transmission lines Duke Energy plans to install to connect a new Asheville power plant to a substation in South Carolina.