While not a be-all and end-all solution, a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis is a classic strategy tool is often a helpful outline of status. I’ll be adding more to this post, including a preliminary Asheville SWOT analysis. Here’s a few notes about changes in June 2015 to our entrepreneurial ecosystem. I use the term innovation and opportunity ecosystem (IOE).
How our economics work (sustainable or not) is one of the keys to sustainability innovation. While entrepreneurship isn’t the solution to everything, these changes at A-B Tech are disturbing… especially in combination with AdvantageWest shutting down and the premature close of GroWNC.
It’s strange how those who promote the most really don’t. The reason is that the GOP is about gross wealth accumulation and corporatism.
I’ve got to add that this article is saying A-B Tech wants to keep the programs going. It would b helpful if they released even a short online of a plan covering how all this works.
A-B Tech closing Enka campus building
Julie Ball, Citizen-Times, June 23, 2015
I worked in the store that used to be where Lexington Avenue Brewery is now, and where the new Anthropologie location is sited for. That was T.S. Morrison & Co., which my parents owned (building too).
Taxes and creating our moral budget
On ‘fiscal conservativism’ that a lot of our supposed progressives bought into, at least in the past, I look forward to pointing out the risky 10:1 ratio of local economy dollars that have to be raised by city hall and other municipalities against the paltry ‘intergovernmental’ (state and Federal) ‘11th dollar’. Or in simplest terms City of Asheville’s intergovernmental revenue are only $15 million our of $160 million.
Reaganonics means more property taxes, city fees, and sales taxes a lot of the time hitting people with little more than what those in relative poverty have. Next, there’s the unfortunate GOP approach to infrastructure, human capital, healthcare, and the environment.
Airbnb and the ‘creative economy’
Airbnb isn’t a long-range income generating solution. Dropping the cost of living is.
We are loading in hotels where affordable housing could go… and more higher paying white collar, ‘green collar’, and ’no collar’ jobs to help pay for higher quality housing for each citizen. People in poverty in Asheville have emergency level needs. Increasing net worth by cutting housing costs and increasing SNAP funds while raising the Federal poverty level limits are the big steps.
I agree walkability is an issue, but there’s a range of basic economic equity matters that take higher priority. Putting poverty in the past and folks having funds to engage with these downtown amenities is part of the way to make Asheville more inclusive.
That’s different than continually raising property values and taxes. Policies with direct benefit to those currently at the base of the economic pyramid puts more cash in everyone’s pockets from the bottom to the middle of the economic ladder.