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The Collider & Our Members In The News: 2017

*Please note: Links to the coverage below may be deactivated or changed over time.

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Asheville filmmaker debuts documentary on climate change

[March 27, 2017]: The Collider is interviewed in an article about The Climate Listening Project’s new documentary. (Read more here.)

♦ 880 THE REVOLUTION: The Jeff Messer Show features The Collider

[March 23, 2017]: Jeff Messer, voted #1 best radio host in a recent Mountain Xpress reader poll, interviews Collider Executive Director Megan Robinson and Director of Communications Kathi Petersen for the first hour of his show on March 23. (Listen here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Monthly climate change film series March 28 at The Collider

[March 23, 2017]: The Collider’s monthly movie night, presented by Oskar Blues Brewery and featuring films related to climate change and the environment, continues. (Read more here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Women make their mark in environmental sciences

[March 18, 2017]: A cover story that focuses on Collider friend, the Climate Listening Project, features a photo of the organization’s founder as well as The Collider’s founder Mack Pearsall. (Read more here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Letter to Editor “Every energy move we make matters”

[March 9, 2017]: An attendee of Oskar Blues Presents Movie Night at The Collider writes about what she learned from the climate film she watched at The Collider. (Read more here.)

♦ MOUNTAIN XPRESS: AMOS Science Pub presents Southern Appalachians during the Ice Age

[March 9, 2017]: The Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) and The Collider announce their next co-hosted installment of the AMOS Science Pub, the free Friday night guest speaker series, with a program on Mar. 24th titled, “The Southern Appalachians During the Ice Age” with former Colburn Museum’s Executive Director, Dan Lazar. (Read more here.)


(February 27, 2017): In its Winter newsletter, Leadership Asheville recalls the Economic Development session that was conducted at The Collider in January. (Read more here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Free popcorn, Oskar Blues brews at movies on climate change

[February 23, 2017]: Wondering where to take the kids for movie night? Try a free film with big-name stars, free popcorn, and a side of educational entertainment. “Oskar Blues Presents Movie Night at The Collider” features films related to climate change and the environment. (Read more here.)

♦ BUNCOMBE MINUTE: Beer City Science Pub at The Collider

[February 17, 2017]: A video shared through the Buncombe County enews, “County Center” talks about the upcoming Beer City Science Pub event on February 24, “Out of Africa: the Story of the Homo Erectus.” (View the video here.)

♦ BILTMORE BEACON: Exploring the connection between wildfires and climate change

[February 16, 2017]: Wildfires in Western NC have people wondering exactly what role global warming might have played in their destructive rampage. The Collider is a good place to start looking for answers. (Read more here.)

♦ MOUNTAIN XPRESS: The Collider to host monthly movie nights

[February 7, 2017]: A new monthly movie night featuring films related to climate change and the environment will continue on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at The Collider, a nonprofit innovation center in downtown Asheville focused on catalyzing climate solutions. (Read more here.)

♦ UNC-TV: Innovate NC Asheville – A Profile of The Collider and Brightfield Transportation Solutions

[February 2, 2017]: The city of Asheville, with one of the largest collectors of climate data in the world, is creating innovative ways to help businesses develop climate-related goods and services. In this segment, UNC-TV features The Collider and an innovative business, Brightfield Transportation Solutions. (Watch the video here.)

♦ WCQS-FM: ‘Climate City’ Lines up to Advance Climate Change Issues in Trump Era

[January 31, 2017]: The federal government’s role in studying climate change will change under President Donald Trump. In this interview, members of The Collider discuss the importance of private firms working on climate science. (Read more and listen to the interview here.)

♦ BILTMORE BEACON: Climate Change Experts Offer Talks at OLLI in February and March

[January 29, 2017]: Experts in the field of climate science, including Collider CEO James McMahon and Jim Fox, director of Collider partner NEMAC, will present in a series of lectures on climate change hosted by OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville. (Read more here.)

♦ WCQS-FM: Asheville: Dog City, USA?

[January 26, 2017]: An interview in advance of a Beer City Science Pub held at The Collider with Asheville Museum of Science on the subject of the science of dog behavior. (Read more and listen to the interview here.)

♦ WLOS-TV: Hanger Hall students coming up with solutions for global warming

[January 20, 2017]: The Collider hosted a World Climate Simulation led by Collider member Climate Interactive and featuring middle school students, as seen in this “Never Stop Learning” segment. (View video here.)

♦ WCQS-FM: Local Climate Change Advocate ‘Hopeful by Choice’ in Wake of Trump Election

[January 12, 2017]: The co-director of Collider member Climate Interactive is interviewed about the group’s work and what he calls his hopeful outlook following the elections. (Read more and listen to the interview here.)

♦ THE 828: Neil deGrasse Tyson Holds Asheville Science Class

[January 11, 2017]: It may be tough to be the smartest the guy in the room, but Astrophysicist and bestselling author Neil deGrasse Tyson makes it look easy, and does it with a disarming grace. He brings his beautiful brain and ability to break down complex ideas into easily digestible, highly entertaining mental morsels for a science talk in Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium June 13. (Read more here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Charlie Daniels, deGrasse Tyson head to Asheville venue

[January 10, 2017]: In June, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will grace the stage of the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium to give a science talk that’s, in part, presented by The Collider. (Read more here.)

♦ WLOS-TV: Neil deGrasse Tyson to speak in Asheville in June

[January 9, 2017]: Astrophysicist, author, and “Cosmos” host Neil deGrasse Tyson is coming to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in June. The Collider, downtown Asheville’s climate innovation center, is offering a VIP Package. (See more here.)

♦ INTERNATIONAL & US MEDIA OUTLETS: Study confirms findings of NOAA scientists, including Collider CEO

[January 5, 2017]: A roundup of coverage from media outlets worldwide about a new study that confirms the earlier findings of NOAA scientists, including Collider CEO James McMahon, which challenged a pause in climate change. (Read more here.)

The Collider & Our Members In The News: 2016

*Please note: Links to the coverage below may be deactivated or changed over time.

♦ SCIENCE WRITERS MAGAZINE: Asheville conference report

[December 22, 2016]: A meeting organized by The Collider with members of Science Communicators of NC, staff at Duke University and NC State University, US Forest Service, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, and the Economic Development Coalition of Asheville-Buncombe County brought together journalists from across the Southeast for a glimpse of what’s coming next in the climate story (Read more here.)

♦ HENDERSONVILLE TIMES-NEWS: After historic wildfire season, experts prepare for increased risk

[December 21, 2016]: “If it could happen in Gatlinburg, could it happen here?” Jim Fox, director of UNC Asheville’s National Environmental and Modeling Analysis Center, asked that question of the crowd of about 140 people who attended a discussion at The Collider about the increasing risk of devastating wildfires in Western North Carolina. (Read more here.)

♦ MOUNTAIN XPRESS: MountainTrue, The Collider host “After The Wildfire” climate change presentation

[December 15, 2016]: In the wake of a historic wildfire season that has burned more than 150,000 acres throughout the Southeast, event will address how climate change is affecting our region . (Read more here.}

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Mitigating climate change after wildfire

[December 15, 2016]: Was climate change the culprit behind the historic wildfires that burned through WNC this fall? MountainTrue will hold a talk, “After the Wildfires: Mitigating Climate Change and Adapting to the New Normal,” at an event at The Collider at 4 pm Monday, Dec. 19 at The Collider. [Read more here.]

♦ MOUNTAIN XPRESS: Asheville beer happenings Dec. 13-19

[December 13, 2016]: The weekly roundup of activities at the breweries mentions Beer City Science Pub, taking place at The Collider on December 16. (Read more here.)

♦ THE NEW YORK TIMES: How Trump Can Influence Climate Change

[December 8, 2016]: Collider member Climate Interactive worked on this interactive “data story” with The New York Times. (Read more here.)

♦ WCQS-FM: Collider Sees Its Mission Take on Greater Importance With Trump Win

[December 5, 2016]: Fresh from his visit to the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Collider CEO James McMahon stopped by WCQS to talk with Jeremy Loeb about what a Trump presidency could mean for the climate and The Collider. (Listen here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE SCENE: Try this – an educational and food-focused event at The Collider, Asheville innovation center.

[December 2, 2016]: The Collider with Asheville Museum of Science host another Beer City Science Pub with a science-backed look at the value of Western North Carolina’s food system using field evidence. (Read more here.)

♦ THE LAUREL OF ASHEVILLE: The Collider, Meeting Place for Innovative Climate Ideas

[December 1, 2016]: The Collider is featured in the December edition of this culture and lifestyle magazine. (Read more here.)


[November 29, 2016]: London-based Acclimatise interviews CEO James McMahon about the recent climate change conference (COP22) in Marrakesh. (Listen here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: New museum puts science at the center of Asheville

[November 25, 2016]: In a cover story about Asheville Museum of Science, Collider CEO James McMahon is interviewed. (Read more here.)

♦ NY TIMES, ASSOCIATED PRESS, and others: Climate Interactive Quantifies Implications of Trump Presidency for the Climate

[November 21, 2016]: Climate Interactive, a member of The Collider, is interviewed in several major media outlets. Here’s a roundup of some of that media coverage. (Read more here.)

♦ MOUNTAIN XPRESS: City plans to head off climate-related disasters

[November 17, 2016]: A draft Asheville city climate-resiliency plan created with help from Collider member NEMAC was presented to City Council members and the public at The Collider. (Read more here.)

♦ FOUR TWENTY SEVEN CLIMATE SOLUTIONS: Marrakesh Side Event: Private Sector Perspectives on Climate Resilience

[November 14, 2016]: Four Twenty Seven with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Global Adaptation & Resilience Investment (GARI) Working Group, bring together thought leaders from the private sector and international financial institutions, including The Collider, to examine challenges and opportunities facing private actors in the arena of climate resilience. (Listen to recording of event here.)

♦ UNC-TV: New Weather Warnings

[November 10, 2016]: UNC-TV takes a visit to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, just down the street from The Collider, for a look at weather and climate archives and trends. (Watch the video and read more here.)

♦ WASHINGTON POST: What it would really mean if Trump pulls the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement

[November 9, 2016]: While The Collider itself is not an advocacy organization with regard to climate policy, many of our members are valued nationally and even internationally as experts on the issues. Here’s an interview with Collider member Climate Interactive. (Read more here.)

♦ VENTURE ASHEVILLE NEWSLETTER: CEO of The Collider in Morocco for Global Cimate Conference

[November 8, 2016]: The CEO of The Collider, James McMahon, is headed to Marrakesh to appear on a panel, “Turning Climate Risks into Private Opportunities,” hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank in partnership with Four Twenty Seven and the Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment (GARI) Working Group. (Read more here.)

♦ 880 THE REVOLUTION: Interview on The Jeff Messer Show – “Where Building Science Meets Climate Science”

[November 1, 2016]: Radio host Jeff Messer interviews The Collider and architects with The American Institute of Architects-Asheville about the upcoming symposium “Where Building Science Meets Climate Science.” (Listen here – Interview starts at 23:40 and runs through 42:30.)

♦ VENTURE ASHEVILLE NEWSLETTER: Climate Entrepreneur Keynotes Computer Sciences Conference

[November 1, 2016]: Collider member Stephen Del Greco, founder of Black Swan Innovations, will deliver the keynote presentation at the 30th Annual Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, held at UNC Asheville. (Read more here.)

♦ 880 THE REVOLUTION: Interview on The Jeff Messer Show – “Beer City Science Pub”

[October 25, 2016]: Radio host Jeff Messer interviews Collider Director of Communications Kathi Petersen and Anna Priest, Executive Director of Asheville Museum of Science about the upcoming Beer City Science Pub at The Collider. (Listen here – Interview starts at about 44:30 and runs through 68:55.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Climate-change models inform negotiators, engage regular folks

[October 16, 2016]: An article about Climate Interactive, an organization with offices at The Collider that uses real-time simulations to let people know if proposed climate-change polices will work. (Read more here and see photo gallery.)

♦ THE FARM SOHO: The Top 19 Coworking Spaces in the Carolinas

[October 11, 2016]: Open just over six months, The Collider has been ranked #10 among all cowork spaces in North and South Carolina by a SoHo New York City cowork organization. (Read more here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Asheville Museum of Science announces Beer City Science Pub series fall lineup

[October 11, 2016]: In an article about AMOS’s plans to open in new space on the ground floor of the same building The Collider is located in, the Citizen-Times also shares information on upcoming Beer City Science Pub events to be held at The Collider. (Read more here.)

♦ 880 THE REVOLUTION: Drew Jones discusses climate, hurricanes, and steroids on talk radio

[October 10, 2016] The co-director of Collider member Climate Interactive is interviewed on the Jeff Messer Show as part of World Climate Week. (Learn more and listen here.)

♦ THE 828: Science and Beer Collide at The Collider

[October 10, 2016]: Absorb science while sipping on suds AMOS, the Asheville Museum of Science, announces the Beer City Science Pub Fall Line Up, to be held at The Collider. (Read more here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Asheville’s Krull & Co. named among top 10 percent of B Corps

[October 6, 2016]: Congratulations to Krull & Company, a responsible investing and financial advising firm that recently partnered with The Collider on a lecture about sustainable business practices. The Collider’s founding philanthropist is interviewed for this article. (Read more here.)

♦ INQUISITR: Amelia Earhart Mystery May Finally Be Solved

[October 3, 2016]: An article about the search for Amelia Earhart mentions The Collider, where expedition leader Ric Gillespie spoke as part of a Beer City Science Pub, along with Collider member and climatologist L. DeWayne Cecil. (Read more here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Bitten by the bug: New tech-driven cricket farm for WNC

[September 30, 2016]: In a cover story, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports on Collider member Bitwater Farms, a startup whose innovations could revolutionize sustainable farming. (Read more here.)

♦ BOOK/CHAPTER REVIEW: Building a Creative Molecular Economy — Can we be ready?

[September 30, 2016]: Rick Smyre and Neil Richardson are co-authors of a book called Preparing for a World that Doesn’t Exist – Yet: Creating a Framework for Communities of the Future. Consultant Rick DuBose reviews the chapter on building a “Creative Molecular Economy,” in which The Collider is mentioned. (Read more here.)

♦ YALE CLIMATE CONNECTIONS: Climate Data: Business Opportunity?

[September 29, 2016]: A trove of climate data in Asheville, N.C. could drive both innovation and new jobs, says this radio interview broadcast across the U.S. The Collider is mentioned as one of reasons Asheville is known as “Climate City.” (Read more and listen here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Chelsea Clinton talks climate change, Appalachian issues at The Collider

[September 29, 2016]: In a cover story, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports on the visit by Chelsea Clinton. The story includes a brief interview with Collider member Matt Rudolf, a renewable fuels policy expert. (Read more here, see a full video of Clinton’s speech, and see a photo gallery.)

♦ ASSOCIATED PRESS: Scientists: World likely won’t avoid dangerous warming mark

[September 29, 2016]: Collider member organization Climate Interactive is mentioned in a national article about a new report on climate change. (Read more here.)

♦ WCQS-FM: Chelsea Clinton Talks Clean Energy in Asheville at The Collider

[September 28, 2016]: Public radio station WCQS reports on Chelsea Clinton’s visit to The Collider. (Read more, listen to the radio news report, and view a video of Clinton’s remarks here.)

♦ WLOS-TV: Chelsea Clinton Clean Energy Event at The Collider

[September 28, 2016]: WLOS-TV covers the visit to The Collider by Chelsea Clinton, who spoke about clean energy and climate change. Among those interviewed was Collider member Ellie Johnston of Climate Interactive. (Read more and see the video here.)

♦ WCQS-FM: The Collider CEO Talks About Chelsea Clinton Visit

[September 28, 2016]: The Collider’s CEO James McMahon speaks with public radio station WCQS before the clean energy discussion at The Collider led by Chelsea Clinton. (Listen to the interview here.)

♦ WLOS-TV: Chelsea Clinton to push Hillary’s clean energy & jobs plan at Asheville roundtable

[September 28, 2016]: WLOS-TV is live in front of The Collider on the morning of a visit there by Chelsea Clinton. (Read more and view the four live news segments here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Debate may give Clinton slight edge in one WNC town

[September 27, 2016]: An overview of the presidential debate includes a mention of The Collider as the site of an event on September 28 featuring Chelsea Clinton, who will host a clean energy roundtable discussion. (Read more here.)

♦ WCQS-FM: Climate Change and Your Health

[September 26, 2016]: Extreme climate events in the Southeast that not only impacted the environment – but human health. And while the climate change-health connection is probably not a conversation you’ll hear in the doctor’s office today, the topic is gaining momentum across the country. (Read more and hear the story here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Climate change brews big problems for coffee production

[September 25, 2016]: In advance of a presentation at The Collider on the impacts of climate change on the coffee industry, the Sunday Asheville Citizen-Times features a front-page article on the subject. (Read more here.)

♦ FOX CAROLINA: Chelsea Clinton to campaign for Hillary in Asheville

[September 25, 2016]:Chelsea Clinton will participate in a round table comprised of community and business leaders on Hillary Clinton’s plans for clean energy and building economy. The event will take place at The Collider. (Read more here).

♦ 880 THE REVOLUTION: The Jeff Messer Show Interviews The Collider

[September 22, 2016]: Jeff Messer interviews Collider Director of Communications Kathi Petersen about the work of The Collider and some of the upcoming events. (Listen to the interview here – the segment starts at about 41:30 and runs through 84:15.)

♦ NEWSMAX: Amelia Earhart Latest Theory Recasts Her as Just a Castaway

[September 16, 2016: An article about the Amelia Earhart expedition that involves a climate scientist from The Collider; includes video from a presentation made at The Collider. (Read more and view video here.)

♦ ASHVEGAS: TED talks returns to Asheville with star lineup

[September 14, 2016]: TEDx Asheville, the local version of the inspirational TED talks, is set to return on Oct. 4 at The Collider. Tickets cost $25. (Read more here.)

♦ MOUNTAIN XPRESS: Collider program to explore impact of climate change on personal health Sept. 26

[September 9, 2016]: The impacts of climate change on personal health will be the topic of discussion at a free lecture at The Collider, led by physician Alan H. Lockwood, author of the book, Heath Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet. (Read more here.)

♦ WNC MAGAZINE: A Catalyst for Change

[September 2016]: The Collider and our partners and members are featured in the cover story on climate services and why experts are looking to Asheville for solutions to climate change. (Read story and see photo gallery here.)

♦ COMPASS LIVE: Paris of the South, Beer City — and Now Climate City, a new nickname for Asheville

[September 7, 2016]: A recent conference sponsored in part by The Collider brought 35 journalists to Asheville to learn more about what researchers and entrepreneurs are doing to address climate change — and may have also sparked a new nickname for the city of Asheville. (Read more here.)

♦ VENTURE ASHEVILLE: Building a Climate Services and Innovation Lab in Asheville

[September 6, 2016]: From rebuilding Pakistan’s transportation infrastructure to tracking Zika virus zones in Florida, some of Asheville’s roughly 20 climate organizations – including The Collider – are joining forces to address global climate adaptation and resiliency in the $300 billion industry. (Read more here.)

♦ MOUNTAIN XPRESS: Interview with Asheville downtown development specialist

[August 24, 2016]: In an article about downtown development, The Collider is mentioned as one effort to ensure that tourism isn’t Asheville’s only economic driver downtown. (Read more here.)

 ♦ VIDEO: A look back at the science journalists climate conference in Asheville, “Climate City”

[August 19, 2016]: Take a look back at “Measure Locally, Respond Globally: The Business and Science of Climate in the Southern Appalachians,” the climate conference that brought together science and business journalists in “Climate City” – Asheville, NC. (View video here.)

♦ WLOS-TV: ‘Climate City’: Asheville hosts climate change conference

[August 16, 2016]: The Collider is among the places visited by science and business journalists from the southeast and beyond as part of a conference organized by Duke University with support from the National Association of Science Writers. (View video here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Asheville scientist helps find clues in Earhart mystery

[August 5, 2016]: Collider member Dr. L. DeWayne Cecil will join Pennsylvania-based Ric Gillespie next summer, the 80th anniversary of the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart, on a month-long trip to prove their hypothesis of what happened. (Read more here.)

[August 4, 2016]: The end of summer is fast approaching and that means student are wrapping up their internships. The back-to-school season is apparent as The Collider hosts three different education–related events on August 5. (Read more here.)

[August 3, 2016]: A new map developed by two Asheville firms at The Collider has identified the North Carolina coast as a potential hot zone for Zika. (Read more and view video here.)

[August 3, 2016]: A new website,, developed by two Asheville companies at The Collider uses data from NOAA to provide an up-to-date map where the Aedes aegypti mosquito is most likely to breed, bite and potentially infect humans with Zika. (Read more here.)

♦ WRAL TECH WIRE: NC coast a ‘hot zone’ for Zika; feds provide $560K grant for state

[August 3, 2016]: In an article outlining growing concerns about the Zika virus, is mentioned as a new online tool, developed at The Collider by CASE Consultants International and FernLeaf Interactive. (Read more here.)

♦ WLOS-TV: Asheville partnership leads to online resource for Zika virus

[August 2, 2016]: CASE Consultants International and FernLeaf Interactive have partnered at The Collider to develop a new online tool showing areas where the environmental conditions are right for the mosquito that can carry the Zika virus. (Read more and view story here.)

♦ VENTURE ASHEVILLE: AVL’s FernLeaf Interactive Combats Zika Virus with Risk Analysis Maps

[August 2, 2016]: FernLeaf Interactive, part of Venture Asheville’s Elevate program and located at The Collider, rolled out a new online tool to help reduce the spread of the Zika virus across the U.S. (Read more here.)

♦ WCQS-FM: Asheville Climate Scientist selected to help locate Amelia Earhart aircraft

[August 1, 2016]: Collider member and climate scientist DeWayne Cecil talks about his role in the “The Earhart Project” and an upcoming expedition to search for clues surrounding the mysterious disappearance of legendary aviator Amelia Earhart. (Read more and listen here.)

♦ ASK MEN: Scientists Warn That The Climate Is Now Hotter, Riskier: The Climate You Remembered From Your Childhood Is Officially Gone

[July 21, 2016]: Climate scientist Deke Arndt from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information talks about the continued record-breaking heat and its impact. (Read more here.)

♦ MOUNTAIN XPRESS: ‘Beer City Science Pub’ event on Aug. 5 hosted by Asheville Museum of Science and The Collider; open to the public

[July 20, 2016]: As National Amelia Earhart Day approaches on July 24, The Collider and Asheville Museum of Science present an evening with an Asheville climate scientist who has been selected to participate in an expedition to locate Earhart’s aircraft that mysteriously disappeared nearly 80 years ago. (Read more here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Asheville continues rise as climate science powerhouse

[July 14, 2016]: An editorial about the value of NCEI and the climate services industry in Asheville: “It provides a vital service while producing a lot of jobs that pay well. Asheville could become the center of a $1 trillion industry expected to grow around adapting and understanding climate change….” (Read more here.)

♦ MOUNTAIN XPRESS: Local climate science industry primed for takeoff

[July 13, 2016]: The Collider and several of our members and partners are featured in a cover story about Asheville’s climate services industry, complete with archival photos of the early days of NOAA in Western North Carolina. (Read more here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Globe turning to Asheville’s tech to help assess flood risks

[July 8, 2016]: A cover story and video about Collider partner and member UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling & Analysis Center (NEMAC), which recently won the “Special Achievement in GIS Award” from Esri, a world leader in GIS technology. (Read more here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CVB PARTNER CONNECT: Tourism dollars at work in the community

[June 30, 2016]: An article in the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau newsletter features an article on the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority’s Tourism Product Development Fund, which has awarded $23 million to 27 community tourism projects, including The Collider. (Read more here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: 15 high-growth Asheville companies selected for mentor program

[June 22, 2016]: More than a dozen Asheville companies will enter an elite mentoring program that targets business with potential to service national and global markets. One of those is FernLeaf Interactive, a member of The Collider. (Read more here.)

♦ VIDEO: What is climate resilience?

[June 2016]: The Collider’s CEO, Bill Dean, and Collider member John Firth, CEO and co-founder of Acclimatise, are featured in this short video by the Inter-American Development Bank, with offices in Washington DC, South America, and Europe. (Watch it here.)

♦ TRILLIONS MAGAZINE: The Collider – Big Data to the Rescue

[June 2016]: Something important is happening in Asheville, North Carolina and it could make a difference for us all. It is the beginning of a revolution, in how to deal with the biggest problem the world has ever known – climate change, and in how to bring together a group to help solve it. (Read more here.)


[June 2016]: Leadership Asheville’s newsletter takes a look back at LA 34, including the class’s final day of presentations that took place as The Collider, as well as looking ahead to the Summer Buzz Breakfast in July that features The Collider’s CEO Bill Dean. (Read more here.)


[Spring 2016]: UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC) has a new location, both in the heart of Asheville’s hub of climate and weather agencies and on the edge of the next wave of data innovation. [Read more here.]


[May 2016]: The Collider is featured with a photo from our launch with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx in the 35th anniversary edition of this monthly statewide business publication. (Read more here.)

♦ MOUNTAIN XPRESS: Space race: Coworking facilities catching on

[May 11, 2016]: The Collider is mentioned among the growing number of cowork spaces in Asheville. Most are general in their focus, while The Collider targets the climate sciences and knowledge-based entrepreneurs. (Read more here.)

♦ VENTURE ASHEVILLE: Where are all these entrepreneurs coming from? Hint: They’re already here

[May 10, 2016]: A look at the “cool spaces” that will transform awareness of entrepreneurship throughout the city, including The Collider. (Read more here.)

♦ MEETING NOTES: 5 Unique Venues for Meetings and Events in Asheville

[April 18, 2016]: Meeting Notes, the blog for the meeting management company To Plan Ahead, names The Collider one of the top 5 unique meeting venues in Asheville. (Read more here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: UNC Asheville moves to Collider location in downtown Asheville

[April 6, 2016: The National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center has moved its engagement site to The Collider, which allows NEMAC to “easily work with our partners,” says Director Jim Fox, and should lead to local jobs for UNCA students. (Read more here.)

♦ MOUNTAIN XPRESS: NEMAC moves in with The Collider

[April 4, 2015: The National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC), headquartered on UNC Asheville’s campus, has moved its downtown engagement site to The Collider at 1 Haywood Street in Asheville. The engagement site was previously located in the Grove Arcade. (Read more here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Collider-related programs already yielding new Asheville jobs

[April 1, 2016]: Alec Courtright could be the embodiment of what the minds behind The Collider imagined when they envisioned the Asheville climate-science collaborative. An intern since September in a program under a partnership between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the 23-year-old hopes to remain in Asheville and become a sustainable urban planner. (Read more here.)

♦ RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER: Asheville entrepreneurs are making a business out of climate change

[March 29, 2016]: The Collider will house businesses, host conferences and special events such as speeches by visiting scientists. It will also have a commercial side, possibly with staff scientists, to identify market opportunities and fast-track technological advances to fill them. (Read more and see videos here.)

♦ CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Nonprofit making a business out of climate change

[March 27, 2016]: Making money from Asheville’s mountains of climate data is Asheville’s ‘moonshot’. The Collider will offer work and meeting space as it chases market opportunities. (Read more and see the video here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Asheville’s ‘impatient philanthropist’ sets sights on climate jobs

[March 27, 2016]: The cover story of the Sunday paper profiled the founding philanthropist of The Collider, Mack Pearsall. (Read more here.)

♦ FORBES: Asheville, a budding hub for innovation, the next Silicon Valley

[March 21, 2016]: The Collider sees climate change as an opportunity, one that can put this growing network of climate innovators and scientists smack in the middle of a growing $1 trillion dollar industry.  (Read more here.)

♦ WLOS-TV: Forbes calls Asheville the next Silicon Valley

[March 21, 2016]: An article in Forbes calls Asheville the next Silicon Valley, optimistic about Asheville because of the amount of collaboration going on, including The Collider. (Read more and see the video here.)

♦ MOUNTAIN XPRESS: Local leaders weigh in on sustainable living

[March 19, 2016]: The Collider’s CEO Bill Dean is among the wide range of local leaders, thinkers and doers who were asked: “What defines a sustainable community? What’s Asheville doing right?” (Read more here.)

♦ ACCLIMATISE NETWORK: Meet the small U.S. city with big climate change ambition

[March 15, 2016]: Despite its size Asheville is fast becoming the center for climate change services in the U.S. and has ambitions to be a global player. (Read more here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Collider puts Asheville at center of climate data industry

[March 12, 2016]: Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx led a list of elected officials, scientists and business leaders attending the long-anticipated opening of The Collider, a new climate science and business center in downtown Asheville.(See video, photo gallery, and front-page story here.)

♦ WLOS-TV: The Launch of The Collider with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx

[March 11, 2016]: News 13’s Lauren Brigman reports live from The Collider. (See video, photo gallery, and story here.)

♦ WYFF-TV: New think space comes to Asheville

[March 11, 2016]: Reporter Aly Myles of the Greenville South Carolina NBC affiliate interviews Collider CEO Bill Dean at launch of The Collider. (See video here.)

♦ POLITICO: Coworking to save the planet

 [March 11, 2016]: POLITICO’s Morning Transportation tip sheet gives a shout-out to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, in Asheville to help launch The Collider. (Read more here.)

♦ BLOOMBERG GOVERNMENT: Anthony Foxx and The Collider

[March 11, 2016: No, it’s not the latest Marvel movie, instead the transportation secretary returns to his native North Carolina to open a new kind of innovation lab. The Collider. (Read more here.)

 ♦ ASHVEGAS: Opening of The Collider

[March 11, 2016]: A new downtown meeting space and location for entrepreneurs in the Wells Fargo bank building on Patton Avenue, held its official grand opening Friday. (Read more here.)

♦ UNC ASHEVILLE: On The Map with NEMAC – A Center for the City, Community, and Country

[March 9, 2016]: The National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center at UNC Asheville has long been engaged in downtown Asheville and on campus, but now the research center has a new place to call home as an inaugural member of The Collider. (Read more here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Asheville stands on the brink of its ‘Moonshot’

[March 4, 2016]: In a Sunday guest editorial, The Collider’s CEO Bill Dean discusses how The Collider, Asheville’s ‘Moonshot,’ will make capital, intellectual, and educational investments to build transformative businesses in Asheville that meet people’s needs for climate adaptation and resiliency. (Read more here.)

♦ UNC-TV ‘SCIENCE NOW’: Modeling your world

[March 2016]: A fascinating look at the work of UNC Asheville’s National Environmental & Analysis Modeling Center, a partner of The Collider. [Note: This video was shot before NEMAC moved to The Collider.] (Read more and view the video here.)

♦ UNCUBED’S WAKEFIELD: Startup City – Inside Asheville’s burgeoning tech scene

[March 2016]: This New York City-based tech blog mentions The Collider as part of its spotlight on Asheville’s startup and innovation scene. (Read more here.)

♦ MOUNTAIN XPRESS: Thinking Big: Colburn Museum embraces broader mission

[February 2016]: The Colburn Earth Science Museum, soon to be called the Asheville Museum of Science, will be located downstairs from The Collider, and is another development in ongoing efforts to make science a key component of the local economy. (Read more here.)

♦ PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE: Interview with the CEO of The Collider

[January 2016]: Reporter Stephanie Carson interviews CEO Bill Dean, about the connection between The Collider and Obama’s Climate Action Plan. (Read more and listen here.)

♦ SOUTHEAST GREEN: North Carolina next home to ‘Silicon Valley’ of Climate Action?

[January 2016]: The commitment to climate action that President Barack Obama emphasized in his State of the Union address this week came as ideal timing for The Collider. (Read more here.)

♦ MOUNTAIN XPRESS: Asheville Collider announces initiative encouraging private investments on climate action

[January 2016]: Goal of the business and education facility opening in downtown Asheville, quickly becoming known as ‘Climate City,’ is to fast-track an emerging climate resilient economy. (Read more here.)

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Paris climate accord could be boon for Asheville’s Collider

[January 2016]: The apolitical nonprofit could help new businesses profit from Paris Agreement on global climate change. (Read more here.)


 The Collider In The News: 2015

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♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Breaking down job creation in Asheville

[December 2015]: The job creation plan of the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County includes growing private-sector climate-science operations through partnerships with the National Centers for Environmental Information and The Collider. (Read more here.)


[December 2015]: AURP puts the spotlight on The Collider’s CEO, whose previous positions include President of the Assoc.of University Research Parks (Washington DC), Research Park Director of Cummings Research Park (Huntsville AL), President of Idealliance, directing  expansion of the Piedmont Triad Research Park (Winston-Salem NC) and Chairman of the NC Research Parks Network. (Read more here.)

♦ MODUS OPERANDI DESIGN BLOG: Looking back on AIA Asheville 2015

[December 2015]: The outgoing president of the American Institute of Architects – Asheville reflects on the year’s achievements, including the partnership with The Collider on the full day educational conference on climate awareness and resilient design in the Southeast. (Read more here.)

♦ GLOBE NEWSWIRE: Business leaders on climate change action

[December 2015]: Among the business leaders across the U.S. interviewed about climate change action was Chef William Dissen of Asheville. (Read more here.)

♦ BUSINESS FACILITIES MAGAZINE: Growing Innovation Throughout the Tarheel State

[November 2015]: North Carolina doubles down on growth plans for technology and innovation, with new funding and a new university-led program, InnovateNC. The application, submitted by The Collider and other partners, focuses on growing the climate science sector. (Read more here.)

MOUNTAIN XPRESS: Future shock: Designing climate-resilient buildings

[October 2015]: An educational event organized by The Collider and the Asheville chapter of The American Institute of Architects gives Asheville a lead role in efforts to integrate the latest climate science into the hands-on practices of architects, builders and others. (Read more here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Grants total $3.9M for tourism projects

[October 2015]: For the second consecutive year, The Collider receives funding from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority. The grant will pay for technology enhancements that will midweek conference and business meetings. (Read more here.)

♦ BUILDER ONLINE: “Designing for Climate Change” conference scheduled

[October 2015]: The daylong event will provide tips on designing buildings to withstand extreme weather, hotter temperatures, drier soils, and rising seas. (Read more here.)

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Collider on a mission for climate science innovation

[September 2015]: The Collider is featured as the lead story on the front page of the Asheville Citizen-Times, with an update on the new leadership team and progress toward an early 2016 opening. (Read more here.) (See a photo gallery here.)

♦ RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER: Creating innovation hubs key to NC’s economic future

[September 2015]: Asheville is selected as one of a handful of communities to participate in InnovateNC with its winning idea to leverage its national climate data center by building a robust climate science innovation economy anchored by The Collider. (Read more here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Asheville Chamber announces new 5-year plan

[September 2015]: Brookings Institution’s Bruce Katz inspires crowd during speech: Asheville’s geography and climate-science expertise, including The Collider, are unique assets that could lead to innovation and economic development. (Read more here.)

♦ BUSINESS NC: 5 NC cities picked for innovations program

[September 2015]: Asheville is selected for InnovateNC, an initiative that aims to help expand the innovation economy. The application, submitted by The Collider and other partners, focused on growing the climate science sector. (Read more here.)

♦ WLOS-TV: Finalists for grant money selected

[July 2015]: The Collider is one of seven projects in Buncombe that will be considered for a competitive grant to attract visitors to the area (Read more and view video here.)

♦ WASHINGTON TIMES: More coworking space available throughout Asheville

[June 2015]: Among several coworking spaces in Asheville targeting a variety of entrepreneurs, The Collider plans to be a cornerstone for collaboration on the topic of climate change. (Read more here.)

♦ SOUTHEAST DISCOVERY: Asheville’s growth: smart, mindful and naturally controlled

[March 2015]: The Collider is mentioned as one reason why Asheville was named a “smart city” by Forbes magazine. (Read more here.)

♦ MOUNTAIN XPRESS: The Collider brings a collision of ideas to help businesses navigate climate change

[March 2015]: A new business venture opening in Asheville will mine the massive data stores at the National Climatic Data Center, located right across the street, and present trend predictions as an asset for businesses. (Read more here.)


 The Collider In The News: 2014

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WLOS-TV: Community projects awarded millions in funding

[December 2014]: The Collider is among several projects awarded millions in funding by the Tourism Development Authority. (View video here.)

♦ VENTURE ASHEVILLE BLOG: Asheville Shapes U.S. Climate Resilience Toolbox

[November 2014]: Asheville’s climate cluster worked on the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit launched by the White House, which offers best practices to help communities prepare for and boost their resilience to the impacts of climate change. Other members of the climate science industry include The Collider. (Read more here.)

♦ HUFFINGTON POST: Innovation Earth – The Next Green Tech Town

[October 2014]: With a nod to The Collider, the National Climatic Data Center (now known as the National Centers for Environmental Information), and a variety of other projects, companies, and organizations, Asheville is recognized for efforts to become a hub for green tech and innovation that can bolster a city’s economy along with its resiliency. (Read more here.)

♦ ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Can Asheville capitalize on climate change?

[May 2014]: Plans are underway for a new downtown space to attract entrepreneurs, climatologists and data wizards to bounce off new ideas to decipher and deal with the challenges and opportunities of climate change. (Read more here.)


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