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.
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.
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.
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.
Boards & Commissions
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.