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 works to increase the prosperity of all Ashevillians, our businesses, and our diverse communities. Our work includes 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

Megan Owens, Business Services Administrator | 828-251-4098

Business Inclusion Office

Marcus Kirkman, Business Inclusion Manager | 828-259-8050

City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA) Program

Promise Boseman, CAYLA-Workforce Programs Coordinator | 828-259-5735

City Real Estate Office

Kimmy Hunter, City Real Estate Manager | 828-259-5725

Economic Development

Charlie Savage, Economic Development Specialist | 828-747-8893

Rachel Taylor, Economic Development Division Manager | 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

Equity & Engagement Committee

Mountain Community Capital Fund Operating Committee

Economic Development Projects and Initiatives

View some of our notable projects here


Megan Owens, Business Services Administrator | 828-251-4098

Economic Development Division