In a series of statements posted to the Twitter social media platform Wednesday afternoon, Pam Lewis shed more more light on her high-profile - and controversial – dismissal from the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce last month. Kit Cramer, the head of the Asheville chamber, announced on Sept. 27 that Lewis was no longer working for the chamber.
Lewis had served as director of entrepreneurship for the Buncombe County Economic Development Coalition since 2011. She came to that job after working in a similar capacity at the AdvantageWest economic development group. Lewis took the EDC job as local economic development officials made major strides toward nurturing existing entrepreneurs and wooing others to come to Asheville.
Lewis lost her job after tensions between she and Cramer blew up over the posting of an innocent Facebook photo. Click to read the bizarre background.
On Wednesday, Lewis tweeted that she will continue to work with entrepreneurs, though it is unclear in what capacity. Lewis tweeted that Asheville chamber officials asked her to leave North Carolina so as not to compete with their efforts to recruit and develop entrepreneurs. She also offers a couple of other provocative statements. Here’s the series of tweets. @JakeFrankel is Mountain Xpress reporter Jake Frankel:
Can we be 100% confident in the information given us re: economic development deals?
@jramphis @Forbes #Avl has asked me to leave so I’m open to work anywhere and would love to work w/you
@tbeckett leadership with a conscience is hard to find
#avl has asked me not to compete with them in entrep. dev.
@JakeFrankel the only thing I know – work with growing the entrepreneurial scene
@LewisLightner @jramphis @Forbes #avl is prime for entrep. dev. @bfeld theory is 100% correct
My dad gave his life for this country – I will defend that sacrifice – pursuit of life, liberty and justice #vietnam
@JakeFrankel thank you
@JakeFrankel but #economic development is a zero sum game – offended to ask to leave the state
@JakeFrankel yes, the #avlchamber asked me not to compete for 1 year /
@JakeFrankel I am the 5th woman to be terminated by @kitcramer in her 3 years of service
@JakeFrankel – questions to be asked for sure unless #avl is comfortable with this
@JakeFrankel I can assure you I’ve only worked in best interest of #avlgov not just a select few
@BryanFreeborn I’ve been silent out if respect, but my silence will not move #Entrepreneurs forward #avlgov
@CarolinaCates they asked me to leave so as not to confuse marketplace