Economic Development

Welcome to Asheville, North Carolina.

Originally established as a mountain retreat, Asheville continues to grow as a world-class destination celebrated for its high quality of life and pioneering business community. Our region’s economic development growth is propelled by businesses constantly innovating in our core target clusters of advanced manufacturing, science and technology, healthcare, arts and culture, and knowledge-based entrepreneurship. These industries for economic development in the AVL 5x5: Vision 2020 strategic plan are supported by a highly skilled workforce, steady population growth and reputable colleges and educational institutions meeting the talent needs of top-tier companies.

Now Asheville stands as a hub for technology, business innovation and growth, making it an attractive destination for corporate relocation. Thanks to its remarkable quality of life, Asheville is a thriving center for outdoor recreation, creative arts and mountain cultures, as well as a budding community for entrepreneurs across all industries. Our region's local inspiration leads to global innovation—watch the video highlighting local companies and their products.

Site Selection and Corporate Relocation

Our team at the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County is experienced in assisting businesses with site selection, relocations to the Asheville area and expansions for existing employers that are growing. Whatever your industry, this Economic Development website provides research reports and a comprehensive resource for businesses considering corporate relocation or expansion in Asheville. View the resources below, or contact our Economic Development team directly to leverage us as a site selection consultant for your move to Asheville. Top accolades include:

  • Forbes ranked Asheville #12 among the "Best Places for Business and Careers" in 2015
  • Ranked one of the best mid-markets in the South to relocate your headquarters by Southern Business & Development, 2016
  • Asheville is the 7th fastest growing small U.S. city, according to WalletHub, 2014

2016 Metro Economy Outlook: Join us Sept. 12 for emerging trends and economic insights.