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Fun Stuff

No, this isn’t an average day in Asheville. A flash mob dance to Thriller was organized in Brevard.

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But It IS Good for Jobs

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce severed its affiliation with the US Chamber of Commerce. The action stems from local members’ concern about the national organization’s “conservative leanings on such hot button issues as climate change and healthcare reform legislation.”

The chamber’s website officially states stances of the national organization were a distraction from the local chamber’s nonpartisan goal of job attraction and creation. The national chamber responded to other local chambers’ decisions to sever relations for the same reasons by saying its stances are the best for job growth and business.

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What Are You Trying to Say?

I enjoyed participating in Moogfest. Only a dozen people had to bend over backwards to get me a credentialed press pass. Then, other exceptional people got me into Brian Eno’s presentations. His talk was rather fun. The workshops were also informative and fun. The live acts ranged from obnoxious noise to happy familiar melodies. Of everything going on, the local daily reported 30 arrests, most related to drugs.

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News?

Senator Kay Hagan went a-pickin’ apples, and her press agents were sure to let the newspaper know.

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Prisons Breed Gang Members

The Mountain Xpress reports the opinion of Asheville police detective Louis Tomasetti that gangs grow in prisons. Country folk who end up in jail seek friendship and fill their need to belong with recruiters who thrive on that need. Once the country folk are released, they take their recruiting skills to the fields “like dandelion seeds.”

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Economic Indicator?

It’s Halloween. The mall today was full of trick-or-treating kids, but the stores were empty enough to rattle and echo.

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Another Reason to Raise Corporate Taxes

Gourmet Group, LLC, will purchase Gepetto Kitchens, spend $2.3 million in Rutherford County, and create 136 jobs. These days, news of corporate expansion are normally a celebration of receipt of a government grant. Otherwise, it would be strange that the local daily was taking the governor’s word about the acquisition, rather than the company’s. Without much effort, it was discovered that, yes:

The project was made possible in part by a $270,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

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Matt Mittan Goes off Air – Again

WWNC AM570’s on-air drive-time talk host Matt Mittan and producer Agnes Cheek are now off the air. Matt calls it quits on a regular basis. It’s an effective publicity stunt. Did he mean it this time? Maybe he is trying to make it look like there is an evil conspiracy to silence him for speaking against the quarter-cent tax increase proposed on the current ballot, maybe he got in trouble for misrepresenting the issue, or maybe there is an evil conspiracy.

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More Greed?

The Pack Square Park Conservancy will soon receive a $500,000 anonymous donation for the completion of a pavilion. The park’s history has been marked by cost overruns and time delays, largely due to the strings attached to a federal grant arranged by former Congressman Charles Taylor.

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Developing Economic Development

The Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development recognized Don Hallingse, who does PR work for PSNC Energy, as Partner of the Year. The award is given for creating or retaining jobs in Henderson County.

Hallingse has played a major leadership role in HCPED trips to Raleigh to elevate the presence of the organization, in addition to hosting and sponsoring luncheons with the N.C. Commerce Department, N.C. Community College System and other leaders in the state capital, said HCPED Board Chairman Tom Cooper, who presented the award.

PSNC also provided financial support for renovations when HCPED moved its headquarters.

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