Civic Center Commission

The Civic Center Commission consists of nine voting members; seven voting members shall be appointed by the City Council and two voting members shall be appointed by the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. The term of office is three years. The Commission reviews and makes recommendations on programming goals and objectives; long-range plans; proposals for changes in the fees and charges; and encourages promotion of sports, recreation, entertainment, and cultural events and activities at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville, formerly known as the U.S. Cellular Center Asheville and the Asheville Civic Center.

Venue Address: 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC * 28801

Regular Scheduled Meetings

The commission meets on the first Tuesday on each month at 12:00 p.m., in the Banquet Hall at the Harrah’s Cherokee Cherokee Center – Asheville. The normal length of the meeting is two hours. Meeting and viewing information available here.

Upcoming 2022-2023 Meetings (12pm ET):

  • November 1
  • December 6
  • January 10
  • February 7
  • March 7
  • April 4
  • May 2
  • June 6


Member Contact: Corey Atkins (Vice Chair), Donna Bailey (Chairman), Yvonne Cook-Riley, John Ellis, Mukunda Pacifici, John Pierce, Chad Brown, Crissa Sinkovic, and Shay Brown.

Staff and Partner Liaisons: Chris Corl (General Manager), Nikki Reid (Community & Economic Development Director, City of Asheville), Madison Davis (Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission), and Marshall Hillyard (Vice President of Sales, Explore Asheville CVB)

Venue Information: Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville

Contact Information

For more information on the Civic Center Commission, contact Christopher Corl 

Updated October 2022