Economic Development

Invest in people. Collaborate with partners. Build an equitable economy.

About Us

The Economic Development Division fosters upward economic mobility, equitable and sustainable economic growth, and community-centered economic opportunities in Asheville. The Division supports existing businesses, enables reinvestment and revitalization, and promotes the attraction and creation of new businesses, living wage jobs, and workforce options to enhance the quality of life in Asheville by improving access to services and opportunities, economic incentives, and programming.

The Economic Development Division develops innovative programs that increase the prosperity of all Ashevillians, our businesses, and our diverse communities. Our programs include the Business Inclusion Office, the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy, and the City Real Estate Office. We provide business resource support, youth and workforce development support, and economic development services.

The Division also works with many partners to implement programs and services that attain job creation and retention and increase income within the city by attracting higher-wage job opportunities.

The Division supports Asheville area citizens on issues related to economic mobility, equitable economic development, wealth-building, and job growth.

Meet Our Economic Development Team

Community and Economic Development Department

Nikki Reid, Department Director | 828.259.5729

Frank McGowan Interim Assistant Director | 828.259.5811

Promise Boseman, Business Services Administrator | 828.232.4505

Business Inclusion Office

Frank McGowan, Interim Assistant Director, Community & Economic Development | 828.259-5811

City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA) Program

Alex Mitchner, CAYLA-Workforce Programs Coordinator | 828.259.5735

City Real Estate Office

Ellen McKinnon, City Real Estate Coordinator | 828.259.5725

Economic Development

Rachel Taylor, Economic Development Specialist | 828.251.4055

Get Involved and Stay Connected

Participate in City Council Meetings

City of Asheville’s Virtual Engagement Hub

Boards and Commissions

Planning and Economic Development Committee

Housing and Community Development Committee – (Coming January 2023: Equity & Engagement Committee)

Mountain Community Capital Fund Operating Committee

Economic Development Projects and Initiatives

View some of our notable projects here!


Promise Boseman, Business Services Administrator

Economic Development Division