The Asheville Chamber is collaborating with regional partners to receive input from private and public sectors in the Asheville MSA five counties for connecting and implementing sustainable development plans. The collaboration will consider a customized approach, such as the Urban Land Institute’s “Reality Check,” or other similar processes.
This initiative is a critical part of a larger “Sustainable Community Regional Planning HUD Grant Project,” which is fiscally managed by the Land-of-Sky Regional Council. This grant project is designed to support regional efforts that promote more transportation choices; equitable and affordable housing; economic competitiveness and revitalization; social equity, inclusion, and access to opportunity; energy use; public health and environmental impacts that support our existing communities.
The Chamber’s participation in this effort is critical for providing the private sector voice from the five counties to insure our region’s competitive edge in a global and interconnected economy.
The Chamber is providing leadership for partners to:
- Engage representatives from public, private, and non-profit stakeholders throughout the region
- Leverage expertise from the Chamber and universities/colleges, governmental agencies, and other planning organizations in the field of economic development and job growth
- Develop long term, collaborative solutions and policies on shared regional issues such as jobs, housing, transportation, energy and natural resources
- Require staff support, data gathering, logistical coordination, and cost analyses
- Culminate in a long-range implementation plan that includes a menu of dedicated funding sources, which allocates assignments and responsibilities to appropriate organizations and agencies and delivers a high return on the region’s investment.
For more information or to get involved, contact the Chamber’s public policy department at 828.258.6118 or email us.