Buncombe County Submitted: July 27, 2023 | Updated: August 4, 2023

(July 2023) Request for Buncombe County, NC Tourism Development Authority [BCTDA]: List of all LIFT Fund Committee Member applicants 05/15/23 – 07/26/23

Hello again Ashley (or Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority Records Officer), all others CCed,

Please reply promptly to the following public records request, which is being made in accordance with NC Public Records Law. Ref: https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

** I’m simply requesting an electronic copy of an electronic record, if one exists. I am NOT asking to come in person to inspect, nor to obtain a printed copy of, these electronic records. I’m requesting explicitly that any responsive info be provided to me via an electronic medium / format (in which the copy of these records should already exist).

I do not have any further clarifying info I wish to provide to narrow this request. If the request is unclear, or if you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of the request, then please specifically cite where a reason for its denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

As of 07/26/23 at 5:00pm, the BCTDA has closed the application window for their new “Legacy Investment From Tourism (LIFT) Fund" Committee Member applications. https://www.ashevillecvb.com/lift/

Please provide the First Name, Last Name, and Organization Name (if that applies), of every applicant who submitted an application during the application period of May 15 through July 26, 2023. That information is a matter of public record under NC Public Records Law.

If any / all of this info is already publicly available online, please provide a link to where it can be accessed.
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** Please note that by submitting this request, I’m NOT agreeing to pay any potential fees or associated costs related to my request. If it isn’t possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost and explanations for those charges upfront, and DO NOT proceed until I respond.

By Law I’m not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

Sunshine Request
PO Box 17391
Asheville, NC 28816

The request has been sent solely from the email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me or my Team. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

Thank you for your assistance!

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • August 4, 2023 4:06 pm

    11 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ashley Greenstein <[email protected]>
    cc: Julia Simpson <[email protected]>, Vic Isley <[email protected]>, Luisa Yen <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 4, 2023, 4:06 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (July 2023) Request for Buncombe County, NC Tourism Development Authority [BCTDA]: List of all LIFT Fund Committee Member applicants 05/15/23 – 07/26/23

     

    Hi Ashley,

     

    Thank you very much for your prompt assistance with the request. 

     

    I’ve now marked this as “Completed” on our website.

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Completed
  • August 4, 2023 11:37 am

    11 months ago

    from: Ashley Greenstein <[email protected]>
    to: Julia Simpson <[email protected]>, Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: Vic Isley <[email protected]>, Luisa Yen <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 4, 2023, 11:37 AM
    subject: RE: Records Request: (July 2023) Request for Buncombe County, NC Tourism Development Authority [BCTDA]: List of all LIFT Fund Committee Member applicants 05/15/23 – 07/26/23

     

    Good Morning,

     

    I appreciate your patience. Below is the first name, last name, and organization (if provided) for all LIFT applicants.

     

    First Name Last Name Organization
    John Ellis N/A
    Kyle Highberg Biltmore Farms, LLC
    Walter Rapetski A-B Tech Community College
    Randy Claybrook Bent Creek Lodge
    Robert Sponder Parks Hospitality
    James Sutherland Second Nature Landscaping
    Himanshu Karvir Virtelle Hospitality, LLC
    Rebecca Lynch ArtsAVL
    Matt Kern M.C.Kern Contracting, Inc
    Barbara Benisch NA
    Sharon Goldstein NA
    Rusty Edwards First Bank
    Laura Webb Webb Investment Services, Inc.
    Rick Bell Asheville Buncombe Hotel Association
    Chris Cavanaugh Magellan Strategy Group
    Joseph Fox Fox Management Consulting Enterprises, LLC
    Jim Samsel Altamont Design
    Judi Jetson Local Cloth
    Mike McCarty The Lobster Trap
    Kathleen Mosher Biltmore
    Fielding Lowe Park National Bank
    Shelton Steele Wrong Way River Lodge and Cabins
    Chip Craig Greybeard Realty and Rentals
    Amy Kelly Hatteras Sky

     

     

    Best,

     

    Ashley S. Greenstein
    She/Her (what is this?)

    Public Information Manager

     

    Explore Asheville | Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority
    27 College Place | Suite 200 | Asheville, NC 28801
    P: 828.318.8960
    [email protected]

     

    ExploreAsheville.com

     

    Correspondence to and from this email address is subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties.

     

    Editor’s Note: The text table within Ashley’s email, is not formatted in a way that is entirely compatible to paste directly onto our website. Therefore, you can also see a PDF copy we made (“[Downloaded 08/04/23] BCTDA list of all LIFT Fund Committee Member applicants 05/15/23-07/26/23.pdf″ ) of that same info — at top left in our Documents section.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • July 31, 2023 3:27 pm

    11 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Julia Simpson <[email protected]>
    cc: Vic Isley <[email protected]>, Luisa Yen <[email protected]>,
    Ashley Greenstein <[email protected]>
    date: Jul 31, 2023, 3:27 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (July 2023) Request for Buncombe County, NC Tourism Development Authority [BCTDA]: List of all LIFT Fund Committee Member applicants 05/15/23 – 07/26/23

     

    Excellent. Thanks for the prompt response, Jula!

     

    I’ll follow up later next week, if I do not hear anything else this week.

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • July 31, 2023 3:23 pm

    11 months ago

    from: Julia Simpson <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: Vic Isley <[email protected]>, Luisa Yen <[email protected]>,
    Ashley Greenstein <[email protected]>
    date: Jul 31, 2023, 3:23 PM
    subject: RE: Records Request: (July 2023) Request for Buncombe County, NC Tourism Development Authority [BCTDA]: List of all LIFT Fund Committee Member applicants 05/15/23 – 07/26/23

     

    Good Afternoon,

     

    Ashley is currently out of office. I’m writing to confirm that we have received your request, and we will provide the list to you by the end of this week.

     

    Thank you.

     

    Julia Simpson
    She/Her (what is this?)

    Manager, Executive & Strategy

     

    Explore Asheville | Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority
    27 College Place | Suite 200 | Asheville, NC 28801
    P: 828.333.5831
    [email protected]

     

    ExploreAsheville.com

     

    Correspondence to and from this email address is subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties.


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • July 28, 2023 3:54 pm

    11 months ago

    from: Vic Isley <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Jul 28, 2023, 3:54 PM
    subject: Automatic reply: Records Request: (July 2023) Request for Buncombe County, NC Tourism Development Authority [BCTDA]: List of all LIFT Fund Committee Member applicants 05/15/23 – 07/26/23

     

    Thank you for your interest in Asheville!

     

    II’m out of the office attending the US Travel Association board meeting.. Will be back in the office Monday. I will be checking messages periodically, and will reply upon my return. If you require immediate attention, please reach out to Julia Simpson at [email protected].


     

    from: Ashley Greenstein <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Jul 28, 2023, 3:54 PM
    subject: Automatic reply: Records Request: (July 2023) Request for Buncombe County, NC Tourism Development Authority [BCTDA]: List of all LIFT Fund Committee Member applicants 05/15/23 – 07/26/23

     

    Greetings,

     

    I am out of the office and will be returning Tuesday August 1.

     

    If this is a local media request please get in touch with Cass Herrington at [email protected].

     

    If this is a question about the BCTDA board please reach out to Julia Simpson at [email protected].

     

    Lastly, if you have a question regarding Partnership and Destination Management please contact Penelope Whitman at [email protected].

     

    I appreciate your patience, and I hope you have a nice day!

     

    Best,
    Ashley S. Greenstein


     

    from: Luisa Yen <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Jul 28, 2023, 3:54 PM
    subject: Automatic reply: Records Request: (July 2023) Request for Buncombe County, NC Tourism Development Authority [BCTDA]: List of all LIFT Fund Committee Member applicants 05/15/23 – 07/26/23

     

    Thank you for your email. I am out of the office until July 31. Please reach out to our PR team at [email protected] for immediate support. Thank you.

     

    Best,

    Luisa Yen

     

    She/Her
    Director of Public Relations

     

    Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau
    27 College Place | Suite 200 | Asheville, NC 28801
    O: 828.257.4959 | C: 954.439.1331
    [email protected]

     

    ExploreAsheville.com

     

    Correspondence to and from this email address is subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties.


    Status: Sent to Government
  • July 28, 2023 3:54 pm

    11 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ashley Greenstein <[email protected]>
    cc: Victoria Vic Isley <[email protected]>, Julia Simpson <[email protected]>, Luisa Yen <[email protected]>
    date: Jul 28, 2023, 3:54 PM
    subject: Records Request: (July 2023) Request for Buncombe County, NC Tourism Development Authority [BCTDA]: List of all LIFT Fund Committee Member applicants 05/15/23 – 07/26/23

     

    Hello again Ashley (or Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority Records Officer), all others CCed,

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for information that may be available in your office.

     

    If you’re not the appropriate party to contact about the request, please provide the correct name and email address of whom I should send it to.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let me know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. I will plan on following up again soon if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (July 2023) Request for Buncombe County, NC Tourism Development Authority [BCTDA]: List of all LIFT Fund Committee Member applicants 05/15/23 – 07/26/23

     

    Message: “Hello again Ashley (or Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority Records Officer), all others CCed,

     

    Please reply promptly to the following public records request, which is being made in accordance with NC Public Records Law. Ref: https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

     

    ** I’m simply requesting an electronic copy of an electronic record, if one exists. I am NOT asking to come in person to inspect, nor to obtain a printed copy of, these electronic records. I’m requesting explicitly that any responsive info be provided to me via an electronic medium / format (in which the copy of these records should already exist).

     

    I do not have any further clarifying info I wish to provide to narrow this request. If the request is unclear, or if you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of the request, then please specifically cite where a reason for its denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

     

    As of 07/26/23 at 5:00pm, the BCTDA has closed the application window for their new “Legacy Investment From Tourism (LIFT) Fund” Committee Member applications. https://www.ashevillecvb.com/lift/

     

    Please provide the First Name, Last Name, and Organization Name (if that applies), of every applicant who submitted an application during the application period of May 15 through July 26, 2023. That information is a matter of public record under NC Public Records Law.

     

    If any / all of this info is already publicly available online, please provide a link to where it can be accessed.
    ——————

     

    ** Please note that by submitting this request, I’m NOT agreeing to pay any potential fees or associated costs related to my request. If it isn’t possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost and explanations for those charges upfront, and DO NOT proceed until I respond.

     

    By Law I’m not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

     

    Sunshine Request
    PO Box 17391
    Asheville, NC 28816

     

    The request has been sent solely from the email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me or my Team. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    Thank you!

     

    ** Sunshine Request (www.sunshinerequest.com) makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.


    Status: Sent to Government
  • July 27, 2023 5:17 pm

    11 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending