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Buncombe commissioners point fingers after loss of Deschutes brewery

April 7, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Buncombe County commissioners bickered over the loss Deschutes Brewery, which picked Roanoke, Va., over Asheville for its East Coast brewery, in a seven-hour meeting Tuesday. Commissioners who supported purchasing a $6.8 million parcel to attract the Oregon-based company blamed Republican Commissioner Miranda DeBruhl. DeBruhl opposed the land purchase, publicly called the deal a "fairy tale" and, according to Chairman David Gantt, pressured the company to make a decision at a critical point of negotiations.

Another western NC economic recruiter disbands

April 5, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The Smoky Mountain Development Corp. is disbanding due to a revenue shortfall. The organization was founded in 1984 and serves 10 counties in western N.C. Executive Director Alan Steinberg says the group's revenue has declined due to fewer businesses in the region obtaining 504 loans, which help small companies buy properties.

Wilkes Regional picks Wake Forest Baptist to take over management

April 4, 2016

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The board of directors of Wilkes Regional Medical Center voted 13-0 to pursue a long-term lease agreement with Wake Forest Baptist. Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare System has managed the 130-bed hospital since 2006, while Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has supplied doctors for the ER. Wake has agreed to invest $238 million in the 63-year-old hospital and possibly purchase it from the town of North Wilkesboro. Novant and Duke LifePoint also submitted proposals.

Condo plan near Country Club of Asheville draws criticism

April 4, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Developers are proposing a 184-unit condo project in Woodfin, adjacent to the Country Club of Asheville. Nearby residents are raising objections to the plan, which also calls for a dozen single-family homes on the 114-acre site. The property now pays taxes on about $47,000 of assessed value, while taxes are deferred on more than $1 million of value because of a forestry-related program, according to Buncombe County tax records.

N.C. Rural Economic rebounds after state funding cut

April 1, 2016

The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center is recovering from a loss of state funding in 2013. The nonprofit agency, which aims to boost the economy in rural North Carolina, received $20 million to $24 million annual for three decades. The center has $3 million in operating expenses and a $5 million reserve.

 

Asheville's HomeTrust Bancshares adds 3 directors

March 29, 2016

The holding company for HomeTrust Bank increased the size of its board from 10 to 13 directors, adding Laura Kendall, Richard "Stick" Williams and Robert "Bob" James Jr. Kendall is a managing director at Aurora Management Partners. Williams retired last year after 37 years at Duke Energy, and James, a banking-industry veteran, has worked for Grant Thornton as a senior adviser since 2012.

Asheville Outlets plans 83,000-square-foot addition

March 29, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Less than a year after its grand opening, Asheville Outlets plans to add 83,000 square feet to its footprint, which now includes more than 523,000 square feet of retail space. Plans submitted to the city show spaces for two big-box tenants plus an additional freestanding building. The shopping center recently announced the addition of six new stores and two restaurants, bringing it close to its current capacity.

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.