Government Accountability Project Asheville


Things that sound like a step in the right direction

City Council supports hiring of Boosting the Block Community Facilitator and potential revision of the City’s government contracting award processes.

In our 3/11/24 GAP Report, we highlighted challenges in the selection process for a contractor for “Boosting the Block” in downtown Asheville. In our 5/27/24 GAP Report, we recognized the leadership of Council Members Antanette Mosley, Kim Roney, and Sage Turner in pushing for a revision in the City’s Request for Proposal (RFP) process so that firms with local knowledge and relationships might get more recognition. 

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We suggested that folks email Council Members Mosley, Roney, and Turner to thank them for advocating for a revised process.




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Update 5/31/24: City Council voted 5-1 (Roney opposing) to approve the contract with Illumined Leadership Solutions. There was no further discussion of the need for a revised process, however City staff made a commitment at the City Council Briefing on May 23rd to review the process and present a new approach at a forthcoming Policy, Finance, and Human Resources Committee meeting. We are encouraged by this commitment.

This process will continue to unfold over the next few months, and we’ll continue to monitor it. 

GAP Supporter Actions Taken: 3

Recipients and Responses:

Asheville City Council Members

  • City Council Member Antanette Mosley: No response
  • City Council Member Kim Roney: No response
  • City Council Member Sage Turner: No response