Office of Economic Development

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The focus of the City of Asheville Office of Economic Development is to promote the City's economic development policies through linked and collaborative initiatives that leverage resources to create a vibrant and robust Asheville economy.  It is the policy of the City of Asheville to provide economic development grants for companies and industries seeking to relocate and expand business. The Economic Development Incentives Policy is designed to stimulate private sector investment, economic growth and job creation in the City by offering grants consistent with this policy and availability of funds.

For the presentations from the Fall 2014 City Manager's Development forum, please click below:

To view the FY 2014-2015 Quarter 1 Economic Indicators report, please click here.

To view the Development Services Department Construction, Permitting & Revenues for 2014, please click here. 

To view the supplement, News from the Asheville Fire Department, please click here.

To view the Mayor's Task Force on Development, please click here.

Supporting Business in and around Asheville

A commercial and social hub of the Southeast, Asheville regularly appears in national lists as one of the top cities in the arts, business climate, outdoor recreation opportunities, retirement, manufacturing, and quality of life. Two of the most recent accolades were appearing in the Forbes magazine list for Top Ten Best Places for Business and Careers, and being named the number two Arts Destinations among Small Cities in America by AmericanStyle magazine. These rankings share a common denominator: a vibrant city, with a culturally and socially diverse atmosphere and a business-friendly mindset.


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THRIVE in North Carolina

North Carolina has the tangibles that businesses need as well as a lifestyle that helps employees flourish. People are at their best in North Carolina and in this increasingly global economy, happy and productive people are the source of a company's competitive advantage.

To view the AccessNC Profile for Buncombe county, click here, select "Buncombe" under County Profiles and Run Report.

Current Projects

Downtown Master Plan

In 2009, Asheville City Council accepted the Downtown Master Plan, a vision for the future development of Downtown Asheville. The plan addresses issues of development, culture, and historic preservation across five “neighborhoods” of Downtown. An online version of the plan is available here.


Map Asheville, recognized as an Outstanding New Media by the International Economic Development Council in 2008, offers users a variety of mapping features. MapAsheville includes Crime Mapper, a service that allows users to view up-to-date crime statistics; Development Mapper, which contains information about large-scale development projects; and Priority Places, an interactive map focused on economic development projects; among others.

City-owned Land Initiative

The City of Asheville is currently pursuing a process for redeveloping city-owned properties to advance Council’s and the community’s strategic goals for Asheville. 

Biltmore Park Town Square

Located approximately ten miles south of Downtown, the newly developed Biltmore Park Town Square combines shopping, dining, movie-going, living, and working into one location. A true Urban Village, the Biltmore Park Town Square mixes high-density housing with commercial needs to become a destination for any purpose.


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Venture Asheville is the entrepreneurship initiative of the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. Venture Asheville's work centers on catalyzing Asheville’s high-growth entrepreneurial ecosystem and connecting entrepreneurs with startup funding.

Boards & Commissions

Contact Us

Sam Powers
Director of Economic Development
(828) 259-5433 

Nikki Reid
Real Estate Manager
(828) 259-5729

Brenda Mills
Economic Development Specialist
(828) 259-8050

Stephanie Monson

Urban Planner III
(828) 232-4502 
Ellen McKinnon
Real Estate Coordinator
(828) 259-5725

Jon Fillman
Economic Development Specialist
(828) 259-5738
 Caroline Long
Administrative Assistant
(828) 232-4505 

Office of Economic Development is located on the 5th floor of City Hall, 70 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801. Hours: 8:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

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