The purpose of the group is to work together to create real solutions to problems of income disparity in Asheville. This means building a business community that can sustain higher wages and step away from the tourism model. In an ideal world, this would be homegrown businesses with national clientele. However, it also means actively recruiting businesses to the area that can help support a dying middle class.
Nothing warms the heart like sitting around an bitching. My hope is to make this a proactive group, but sometimes a pity party is a good place to start. Let's discuss what's wrong with Asheville. Let's discuss what's wrong with our solutions and why nothing is going to change. Let's discuss the real roadblocks ahead. Let's get depressed (and take notes) so we can build a real framework of the challenges ahead.