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 2023 Meetings (12pm ET):

  • October 3
  • November 7
  • December 5

*Upcoming meeting agendas to be posted within 48 hours of the meeting date.

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No July Meeting – – – – – –
August 2023 Agenda Notes
September 2023 Agenda No Notes Available
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Member Contact: John Ellis (Vice Chair), Donna Bailey (Chairman), Yvonne Cook-Riley, Mukunda Pacifici, John Pierce, Chad Brown, Crissa Sinkovic, and Shay Brown.

Staff and Partner Liaisons: Chris Corl (General Manager, Director of Community & Regional Entertainment Facilities), Chris Smith (Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission), and Michael Kryzanek (Vice President of Sales, Explore Asheville CVB), Maggie Ullman (City Council Liason)

Venue Information: Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville

Contact Information

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

Updated February 7, 2023