(Asheville Citizen-Times) Mike Adams is betting serious money the revamped Moogfest that opens April 23 is not just going to attract thousands of music fans and tech geeks. If successful, the five-day event could become Asheville’s next signature event, possibly bringing new jobs, better wages and high-growth tech companies to the mountains, according to Adams, president and CEO of Moog Music, the private manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and the festival’s prime sponsor. “This is about economic development,” Adams said. “This is about whether my children’s children can find good jobs in town.”

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(Ashvegas) Asheville police recently made two arrests, while someone tagged a beautiful landmark mural on the side of Hunter Banks on Montford Avenue. In addition to increased police patrols, City staff members across the organization have been working with business owners and community leaders to address the graffiti problem. Efforts are aimed at both immediate and mid-to-long term solutions.

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(Asheville Citizen-Times) Should city government require housing developers to include a certain percentage of affordable units when they build a new project? A City Council committee batted the idea around a bit Tuesday after hearing a staff report on how such a requirement could work. But the committee took no action. Councilman Gordon Smith, chairman of council’s Housing and Community Development Committee, said after the meeting that instituting what is called mandatory “inclusionary zoning” is a possibility, but that city government will probably look first to other solutions to the city’s shortage of affordable housing.

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(Ashvegas) The event, organized by Jessica Tomasin of Asheville. She’s known for her work with Echo Mountain Recording Studios, but she’s branching out with her a new event production and business development company called Jet Up. It’s a tribute to Motown Legend Eddie Holland and features some of Asheville’s finest, such as River Guerguerian, Jim Arrendell, Debrissa McKinney, Chuck Beattie, Josh Blake, Ryan Burns, Casey Cramer, Steve Cohen,Michael Selverne, Mike Rhodes and more. There’s a girl who just moved to town from Chicago named Jeanine Smith who will be performing and also this killer young girl we’ve been working with over here at the studio named Indigo De Souza. We’ll be raffling off some pretty cool prizes as well. The ticket is $20 and includes two drinks which are being provided by Asheville Brewing Company and Joni Artisanal Wine and Beer and food is being provided by Taste & See. We’ll have an area set up as with some photos from the Motown Records days. The main technician from Motown Records lives here in Asheville and he’s provided us with some photos to display.

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(WLOS News 13) The Rotary Club of Asheville and Rotary Club of Hendersonville are pleased to announce Operation Overlord 2014, a new project that entails taking all surviving Normandy invasion campaign veterans (D-day Veterans) living in North Carolina and Virginia to Bedford, Virginia for the 70th Anniversary commemoration. The 70th Anniversary commemoration of D-day will kick off on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11am at the National D-day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Special commemoration events will be held daily and conclude with a field chapel service on Sunday, June 8. The trip to the memorial is free for all Normandy invasion campaign veterans living in Virginia and North Carolina. Local Rotary Clubs will provide transportation, meals, overnight stays (when applicable), guardians to assist vets, and wheelchairs. “This is a huge undertaking involving many of the organizers of the HonorAir program,” said John Palmer, Co-Chair of the project. “So far we have over 130 Rotary clubs on board throughout the western parts of North Carolina and Virginia.”

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lle are pleased to announce Operation Overlord 2014, a new project that entails taking all surviving Normandy invasion campaign veterans (D-day Veterans) living in North Carolina and Virginia to Bedford, Virginia for the 70th Anniversary commemoration. The 70th Anniversary commemoration of D-day will kick off on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11am at the National D-day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Special commemoration events will be held daily and conclude with a field chapel service on Sunday, June 8.

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The Rotary Club of Asheville and Rotary Club of Hendersonville are pleased to announce Operation Overlord 2014, a new project that entails taking all surviving Normandy invasion campaign veterans (D-day Veterans) living in North Carolina and Virginia to Bedford, Virginia for the 70th Anniversary commemoration. The 70th Anniversary commemoration of D-day will kick off on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11am at the National D-day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Special commemoration events will be held daily and conclude with a field chapel service on Sunday, June 8.

Read More at: http://wlos.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wlos_operation-overlord-honoring-dday-vets-15390.shtml

The Rotary Club of Asheville and Rotary Club of Hendersonville are pleased to announce Operation Overlord 2014, a new project that entails taking all surviving Normandy invasion campaign veterans (D-day Veterans) living in North Carolina and Virginia to Bedford, Virginia for the 70th Anniversary commemoration. The 70th Anniversary commemoration of D-day will kick off on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11am at the National D-day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Special commemoration events will be held daily and conclude with a field chapel service on Sunday, June 8.

Read More at: http://wlos.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wlos_operation-overlord-honoring-dday-vets-15390.shtml

The Rotary Club of Asheville and Rotary Club of Hendersonville are pleased to announce Operation Overlord 2014, a new project that entails taking all surviving Normandy invasion campaign veterans (D-day Veterans) living in North Carolina and Virginia to Bedford, Virginia for the 70th Anniversary commemoration. The 70th Anniversary commemoration of D-day will kick off on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11am at the National D-day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Special commemoration events will be held daily and conclude with a field chapel service on Sunday, June 8.

Read More at: http://wlos.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wlos_operation-overlord-honoring-dday-vets-15390.shtml

(Asheville Citizen-Times) The development company who is transforming Biltmore Square Mall into an outlet center has posted some details about the transformation, including a picture of the plans. The mall shut its doors in January, as part of its transition into an outdoor outlet center. Since then, the organization — which is now called Asheville Outlets — has selected a general contractor and demolition has begun (The demolition, however, is on the inside of the building right now and is not visible). Winter Construction out of Atlanta is the project’s general contractor, said Sharon Morgan, general manager of Asheville Outlets. “They are now on the property,” she said.

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And in other ‘new business’ news – there’s about to be a Chipotle Mexican Grill. They will opening a restaurant in South Asheville, click HERE for the story.>

(Mounain XPress) While Asheville City Council’s meeting next Tuesday, April 8, doesn’t include any hot-button public hearings, it does include projects meant to tackle the lack of housing, especially for the chronically homeless, and improve economic development by bringing in a tech sector “fellow.” Council is considering using $58,106 from its affordable housing trust fund for the 30-unit Oak Hill Commons development in West Asheville, intended for “hard-to-house” locals, especially the chronically homeless. According to the city’s most recent count of the local homeless population, there are 47 chronically homeless people remaining in Asheville, and this project is intended “as the last necessary step to ending chronic homelessness in Asheville and Buncombe County,” according to the staff memo summarizing it. The project will also require additional financing from other public and private organizations before it’s built.

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Additional information about homelessness in Asheville HERE>

(Asheville Citizen-Times) If you’re planning a spring lawn project that requires a bale of straw, you might be waiting a while. Wet weather and a poor wheat harvest last fall are contributing to a shortage of straw across the Southeast, home improvement giant Home Depot said Monday. Lowe’s also pointed to the wet weather and high demand during the spring lawn care season as reasons for the shortage. Workers at Lowe’s and Home Depot told local customers over the weekend and on Monday that it would be a month or two before they had any bales for sale.

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(Mountain XPress) Local business owners raised their voices and things got, by the moderator’s own admission, “a little out of hand” at this morning’s Council of Independent Business Owners meeting when it came to the issue of graffiti. With the district attorney, city leaders and a state representative on hand, opinions differed — sometimes sharply — on possible solutions and who should foot the bill. “It’s a disgrace, it’s costing people business,” CIBO’s Max Swicegood, who owns property downtown, said of the level of graffiti in his introduction of the issue. “There are some businesses downtown, looking to do developments, that have pulled out because they’re scared of it.” Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer handed out draft copies of an overhauled city ordinance, which calls graffiti “a threat to public safety” and would require perpetrators or property owners to clean it up.

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