What Are We Doing?

HISTORICAL OVERVIEW:

Over the past 16 years, there have been a number of socially or environmentally responsible business ventures considered -- a small number of which were actually started in-house. However, at least half involved the housing or sponsoring of non-fortunity residents/members.

During 2006-2009 an over-zealous effort was made to expand and create three active divisions – related to media/communication, food/gardening, and alternative building/energy. For a variety of reasons (including the U.S. economic downturn), this overextension was followed by a sober restructuring and downsizing -- including most of the core members living, working, and developing them. The end result has been a slow focalizing, liquidating, and re-birthing phase initiated at the end of ’09 – and which will extend through 2017, tying most businesses directly together in one way or another.

Thus our immediate goal is to continue renting, using, or otherwise creatively selling/refinancing some of the existing real estate to create more stable sources of revenue. With 5-10 projects on our current list, only a few are active or on the front burner. The rest simmer quietly in the background waiting for a full course meal one of these days.  ;)  Ultimately, we hope to grow businesses which will both support fortunity's mission and core membership while also joining the greater Asheville/regional potluck of creative community visions already established.

Our current business interests continue to be varied -- primarily involving the sustainable use of residential & commercial space, creative information gathering, gardening & farming, healing & personal growth, and future food service & retail plans. A metal shop, garden-farm, and library will slowly be developing during warmer months ahead. Meeting and educational spaces are available in The Fortune Building, which will eventually become the front end flagship of fortunity itself. It is truly the essence of why we're here patiently preparing in the background, and what we hope to replicate elsewhere in the future.

Keep in touch, watch us grow, or get involved in whatever way you can as we re-invent ourselves and each other in the process.

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Projects We're Currently Engaging

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