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Chamber E-NEWS 8/30/2017
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Looking at the City's comprehensive plan
The Asheville Chamber's Board of Directors and Leadership Circle businesses heard from Todd Okolichany Tuesday with an overview of the City's comprehensive plan.
The new plan called "Living Asheville, A Comprehensive Plan for Our Future" will be used by the City to guide its long-term development. More than a year in the making, the comprehensive plan process has included data gathering and community input and is now in its last phases. Asheville Chamber leadership has participated in forums and provided input at various stages.
Among the themes in the plan, Okolichany highlighted "Resilient Economy" and "Responsible Regionalism" as being potentially of particular interest to the business community. "We want to make sure the City is good partner for our shared values," Okolichany said.
The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee will be meeting in September to to review and prioritize the plan strategies. Current timeline has the plan being presented to Council in early 2018.
Learn more and read the draft comprehensive plan.

Welcoming new Venture Asheville Operations Manager
Hannah Sizemore has joined the Asheville Chamber as Operations Manager for Venture Asheville, the Asheville Chamber and Economic Development Coalition's high-growth entrepreneurship initiative. Hannah is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in Communication. She previously worked with Element-360 here in Asheville. As Venture Asheville Operations Manager, Hannah will assist with catalyzing Asheville’s high-growth entrepreneurial ecosystem and connecting entrepreneurs with startup funding, mentors and talent to scale their ventures.
Member Appreciation Open House
We appreciate YOU, our members and your commitment to the Chamber and Visitor Center! Allow us to say thank you with a Member Appreciation Reception. Plan to join us for a relaxed happy hour in the Visitor Center lobby where you can connect with your business friends and spend time with Chamber staff.
Green Opportunities is creating delicious hors d'oeuvres, and, of course, there will be beer and wine.
Please bring your co-workers and drop in anytime from 4:00 until 5:30 pm on Thursday, September 14th.
Connect on the course during Chamber Classic Golf Tournament
The Chamber Classic Golf Tournament is a fun opportunity for members of the business community to network, connect with colleagues, and enjoy a beautiful fall day out of the office. Presented by Build Carolina and Coldwell Banker King, the Chamber Classic takes place at The Cliffs at Walnut Cove on Tuesday, Sept. 19th. Spots remain only in the afternoon flight.

Details & Registration
Upcoming Events
Sept. 6
Smart Series - Social Media: Latest & Greatest
12 noon | Chamber Boardroom, 2nd floor, 36 Montford Ave., Asheville 28801
Details & Registration
Sept. 6
Ribbon Cutting for SHiFT Brain Integration
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | 1293 Hendersonville Rd., Suite 18, Asheville 28803 | Details
Sept. 7
September Business After Hours
5:30-7:00p.m. | Hyatt Place Asheville - Downtown, 199 Haywood St., Asheville | Details
Sept. 14
Member Appreciation Open House
4-5:30 p.m. | Asheville Chamber/Asheville Visitor Center, 36 Montford Ave. | Details
Sept. 19
2017 Chamber Classic Golf Tournament
Morning Flight is Full. Registration still open for Afternoon Flight - 2:30 p.m. | The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, Arden, NC 28704 | Details & Registration
Sept. 20
Fall Chamber Orientation
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. | Chamber Boardroom, 2nd floor, 36 Montford Ave.| Details & Register
Sept. 21
September Business Before Hours
8:00-9:00 a.m. | Loving Food Resources, 123 Kenilworth Rd., Asheville | Details
Note: This event is Thursday (not the usual Tuesday).
Sept. 22
Railroads & Regional Economic Development Conference
8:00a.m. - 3:30 p.m.| US Cellular Center Banquet Room, 87 Haywood St. | Details & Registration
Save These Dates
Oct. 19
Metro Economy Outlook
11:30 a.m. | Celine & Co., On Broadway, 49 Broadway, Asheville 28801

Community Events

Aug 31 - Smartlipo Laser Launch
Sept 1 - Craft City: Light Up Dioramas
Sept 1 - Glassworks Concert Series ft Redleg Husky & Wedge Brewing
Sept 5 - Local Government Candidate Forum on Entrepreneurship
Sept 7 - Hatch Pitch Party
Sept 8 - Event Planning Certificate Program
Sept 12 - Close The Confidence Gap: Speak Authentically; Present Powerfully
Sept 12 - New Volunteer Hospice Orientation Training
Sept 13 - ECS Client Appreciation Event at Bier Garden
Sept 13 - Ideation and Validating an Idea Workshop
Sept 14 - Women's Friendship Day Celebration - Spa Night
Sept 14 - Asheville Affiliates Presents - Opening Night at Open Hearts
Sept 14 - Return of the Raptors, presentation with live raptors
Sept 14 - Women's Friendship Day Celebration - Spa Night
Sept 16 - Art in Autumn
Sept 16 - Women's Friendship Day Celebration - Dress Like Edna Day
Sept 16 - North Asheville Food Truck Festival
Sept 16 - Return of the Raptors Hike
Sept 16 - Heritage Weekend
Sept 16 - Men's Breakfast & Tour
News from Members
City to host Open House on City Boards and Commissions
Be a Local Leader - Have you ever wondered how you could share your experience, knowledge and community passion? The City is hosting an Open House on Sept. 7 for people to learn about the various Boards and Commissions, hear from current members and learn how to get involved. Learn more
JB Media Institute is Giving Away a Lifetime of Digital Marketing Training
The JB Media Institute, a digital marketing training program offering online and in-person classes, is giving away a lifetime of digital marketing training to the winner of its Summer Sweepstakes, including one seat in the JB Media Institute in-person or online training program, lifetime membership in the online learning community, one 90-minute private coaching sessions 4 times per year for 2 years, access to all of the Institute's local bootcamps and workshops for 2 years. Learn more


Folk Art Center to host 37th Annual Heritage Weekend

Beer City Cup 2017 - biggest adult soccer event in the US

WCU offering new certificate programs for business employees and managers

Telethon raises $208,000 towards new radio system in Smokies

The Collider to host workshop on real estate investing

Asheville's hotels help bring sweet dreams to life with huge anti-hunger initiative

New partnership expands WellCare members' access to Mission Health System in NC next year

Two Pardee UNC Health Care physicians named to 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America list

Better Business Bureau offers guidelines for safe giving to charitable organizations

New MAHEC residency will address critical shortage of psychiatrists in WNC

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