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Join us for a conversation about Western North Carolina’s road and highway conditions and construction at Carolina Public Press’s next free and public Newsmakers event, which will be held on Tuesday, June 14, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the United Way Building in Asheville. RSVPs are required; tickets may be reserved below.

This will be your chance to hear about and discuss the challenges facing the region’s road systems, including the major interstates and state highways crossing the 18-county region. In recent weeks, legislation was introduced aiming to help Yancey County and the Town of Burnsville recover costs some of the damage done by extensive delays in the Burnsville section of the U.S. 19 East widening project. Details were released by the N.C. Department of Transportation regarding future construction plans on Interstate 26 through Asheville. And the state agency also faces restructuring at its highest levels. These are just a few of the many road-related issues facing the region and state.

Panelists include:

Jeff Joyce, director of public policy at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
Drew Joyner, public involvement officer with the N.C. Department of Transportation
Lyuba Zuyeva, director of the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization

A light breakfast and an opportunity to meet the panelists and moderators will be held from 8:30-9:15 a.m., with the forum beginning at 9:15 a.m. Journalists with Carolina Public Press will moderate the event, which will also be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend in person. RSVP for more information on how to connect remotely.

For more information or help with tickets, please contact Carolina Public Press at 828-774-5290 or at

ABOUT NEWSMAKERS: The Newsmakers series seeks to go beyond headlines and soundbites to provide in-depth conversations about top public policy issues facing Western North Carolina with business leaders, lawmakers, agency administrators and public policy influencers. Moderated by the expert journalists and contributors with Carolina Public Press, the series includes a light breakfast and question-and-answer time. For those unable to attend in person, we are now working to livestream each event. These sessions, as well as all programs and journalism done by Carolina Public Press, are supported through the generous contributions of foundations and readers like you.

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Angie Newsome is the executive director and editor of Carolina Public Press. Contact her at (828) 774-5290 or e-mail her at

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