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Downtown After 5 2021 Lineup Features All Local Bands

The 33rd season of Downtown After 5, presented by Prestige Subaru, kicks off Friday, July 16 from 5-9pm. For 2021, Downtown After 5 will take place the 3rd Friday of the month July – September and is held on North Lexington Avenue. Events are free and open to the public. 2021 Lineup July 16 Acoustic […]
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ADA Foundation Funds Micro-Grants for BIPOC-owned Downtown Businesses

Seven BIPOC-owned, downtown businesses receive grant awards through Asheville Downtown Association Foundation and Mountain BizWorks partnership The Asheville Downtown Association Foundation (ADAF) in partnership with Mountain BizWorks has awarded a total of $17,500 to seven BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) -owned, downtown Asheville businesses as part of the Multicultural Catalyst Fund Micro-Grant Program. […]

Surveys on How to Prioritize Federal Covid-Relief Funding

Buncombe County and the City of Asheville will receive significant funding from the American Rescue Plan for Covid-relief. The County expects $51 million and the City $26 million. It’s vital that downtown business provide feedback on their needs and priorities. While the specific guidance on how funding can be spent has not been released, it […]
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Engage in the City of Asheville’s Budget Process

From the City of Asheville: The City of Asheville wants to hear from you!  City staff have approached the budget process differently this year by reviewing existing services with a focus on members of our community that experience inequity. Through our internal department work, and from what heard through Reimagining Public Safety several opportunities for […]

State of Downtown Update – Recording and Survey Results

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, the Asheville Downtown Association hosted its annual State of Downtown Update in a virtual format. The event was presented by First Bank, with additional support from Ward and Smith, P.A. 2021 ADA Board President Tommy Dennison and Executive Director Meghan Rogers provided an update on the association’s program of work and […]

Arts Impact Survey Shows $23.1M in Local Losses

February 1, 2021 – Asheville, N.C. | The Asheville Area Arts Council’s most recent arts impact survey further highlights the devastating impact of COVID on the Buncombe County creative sector.  Findings show $23.1 million in lost revenue since March 2020, with 16 businesses likely to close in the next 3 months. According to Americans for […]
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Virtual State of Downtown Update Tuesday, Feb. 23

The Asheville Downtown Association will host its annual State of Downtown Update virtually this year. The event, presented by First Bank with support from Ward and Smith, P.A., is Tuesday, February 23 beginning at noon. The update will include a review of 2020 initiatives, as well as priority areas and programs for 2021, 2021 ADA […]
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828 Go Local Challenge

We’re partnering with Asheville Grown, Just Economics and the City of Asheville to launch the 828 Go Local Challenge. We know our small, local businesses need our support more than ever right now. Here’s a fun way to support them, and you may win a fun prize. It’s become an Asheville tradition to celebrate Love […]
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Asheville Wellness Tours Offers Virtual and Hybrid Retreats

From ADA Member Asheville Wellness Tours: Amid new restrictions on local businesses’ operating abilities and continued surges in COVID 19 cases across Western NC, we at Asheville Wellness Tours would like to introduce… ​Virtual/Hybrid Retreats​! We’ve adapted and added extensively to our local tour offerings, and are ​entering 2021 with new and improved “COVID Edition” […]