Economic Development

About Us

The Economic Development Division is part of the City’s Community & Economic Development Department.

The Division works to drive economic prosperity in Asheville. This division manages Outdoor Special Events, Workforce Development programs, Minority Business program, business resource support and the development of Business Toolkits. Working with a long list of partners, the City is responsible for implementing programs and services that attain job creation and retention, and increasing income within the city by attracting higher-wage job opportunities.

Through traditional and equity-based approaches, the Community and Economic Development department leads the business expansion, urban regeneration, small business development, cultural arts and music efforts for Asheville. We develop innovative programs that increase the prosperity of all Ashevillians, our businesses and our diverse communities.
Economic Development oversees a youth workforce development program, CAYLA, which mentors and supports high school students to ensure college readiness. This and other workforce development programs prepare our workforce to meet the demands of current and emerging industries. Through partnerships with business organizations, we create Business Toolkits to help specific geographical areas get the tailor-made resources they need grow and thrive within the local economy.

The Division supports Asheville area citizens on issues related to wealth-building and job growth.

Related Services

Cold weather emergency shelter

When extreme cold weather is expected, the Asheville Homeless Coalition issues a Code Purple Alert. Participating homeless shelters voluntarily add space beyond their normal capacity to keep as many people as possible out of the cold. To find out when Code Purple is in effect, visit the Homeless Coalition’s Code [...]

Economic Development News

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City of Asheville accepts significant donation for affordable housing from Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community

  In recognition of the City of Asheville’s commitment to the creation and expansion of affordable housing, a local organization decided to donate a quarter of a million dollars toward the effort. Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community is donating $250,000 to the Asheville Affordable Housing Trust to assist in the City’s efforts to increase the supply of [...]

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City of Asheville joins Buncombe County, MAHEC and Vaya for opiods community update

  According to recent statistics from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, opioid overdose deaths across North Carolina dropped for the first time in five years; yet the numbers from Buncombe County tell a different story.   Opioid use and overdose continue to impact our community in a number of ways. We’ve made progress but [...]

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Ticketed event scheduled Saturday at Carrier Park

  The interior portion of Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Road, will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 12, for a ticketed special event.   Park spaces outside the velodrome, including the picnic shelter, the ballfield and some open spaces will not be impacted. Use of the greenway will not be affected.   PostAnnouncementsNewsPress ReleasesCommunity and Economic DevelopmentParks and Recreation