Buncombe County TDA
The proposed legislation, titled the "Buncombe County Tourism Jobs Recovery Act," must be approved by the N.C. General Assembly.
With the city's tourism industry in stasis, local small business owners must start getting creative, while local residents should consider doubling down on the "buy local" movement, McCall writes.
The new LEAF Global Arts Center is set for a Feb. 14 opening.
Here are two from the list of about 20 awardees: Winter Lights at The N.C. Arboretum received $10,000, the Sourwood Festival in Black Mountain received $9,000.
The public will have the chance to comment on the TDA's spending plan at a June 27 public hearing.
Another factor in bringing the first round of the women's Fed Cup international tennis tournament to Asheville is the overall interest in tennis expressed by a hard core group of fans.
Also, the Buncombe County TDA's retreat is set for March 23-24 at Lioncrest.
Asheville has lost 9 planned meeting events because of the controversial new state law, a loss of at least $1 million.
Apply now for a slice of the Buncombe County hotel room tax revenue.
Twenty-five percent of total hotel occupancy tax collections for 2015 went to City of Asheville projects, Buncombe TDA officials noted.
Scrutiny over tourism officials' pay follows controversy over an increase in the Buncombe County hotel room tax.