Jim Daniels honored as a Downtown Hero!

On 20150115_123743January 15, 2015, the Asheville Downtown Association honored 3 Downtown Heroes at their “State of Downtown” luncheon.

Karen Tessier of Market Connections gave a heartfelt introduction to Jim Daniels,  who won this award for years of efforts to improve our downtown.

From the Mountain ExpressJim Daniels is owner of Daniels Graphics, a family business that operated in downtown Asheville for many years. As a downtown business and property owner, Daniels knew the importance of attracting more people to downtown and was one of the founders of Quality 76 (now Asheville GreenWorks) and th20150115_123730e Bele Chere festival. He has also served on the boards of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Asheville Area Arts Council, and the Buncombe County Economic Development Commission, among many others.

The luncheon was also an opportunity to hear about the upcoming efforts of the ADA in downtown and what to expect for next year. Congratulations, Jim!

About the ADA

Founded in 1987 by a group of business owners, residents and city staff, the ADA remains committed to the preservation and improvement of the central business district through programming, civic support and annual objectives. As the voice of downtown residents, merchants, and workers, the ADA advocates for policies and practices that will best help growth and preserve the quality of life in downtown. Annually, the organization produces events including Downtown After 5, the Asheville Holiday Parade, Oktoberfest, the Independence Day Celebration, the State of Downtown Luncheon and the Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program. The Asheville Downtown Association Foundation carries out the altruistic goals of the ADA including the Spare Change for Real Change program.