A strategic plan that unites our community for higher-wage jobs and a healthy local economy

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AVL 5x5 Creates Asheville Jobs

Launched in 2010 by the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC) and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, AVL 5x5 was the first 5-year strategic plan, designed to add 5,000 new jobs and $500 million in capital investment within five target clusters.

The Asheville 5x5 campaign united business leaders, the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, educational institutions and community around a common goal to attract and retain metro Asheville jobs that improve career opportunities, expand our key industries and boost our economy, now and for future generations.

AVL 5x5 Surpasses its Goals

For every $1 invested in AVL 5x5, $100 was returned back to the community in new labor income.

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6,385 JOBS
Total of Direct, Indirect and Induced Jobs

$1 BILLION
Capital Investment, 2X Our Goal

The AVL 5x5 strategy focused on five strategic Target Clusters over five years: Advanced Manufacturing, Science & Technology, Healthcare, Arts & Culture, and Entrepreneurship.

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The Rise of Advanced Manufacturing

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The Rise of Advanced Manufacturing

The most successful industry within AVL 5x5 has been advanced manufacturing, which announced 1,850 new jobs in Buncombe County over the past 5 years. World-class manufacturers located here develop turbo chargers for Indy 500 cars, precision cutting tools to make Apple iPhone components, solar integrated electric car charging stations and even components designed and made for NASA’s Voyager I.

The region’s talented workforce and aptitude for metals machining in automotive manufacturing and aviation manufacturing industries led Canada-based Linamar to invest $315 million in Buncombe County, ramping up to 800 employees by 2020. Asheville grown AvL Technologies, whose mobile satellite antennas comprise 85 percent of the TV broadcast market, announced plans in 2015 to increase its workforce by over 50 percent.

Increasingly recognized as a leader in the southeast, Asheville’s manufacturing employment, including automotive manufacturing and aviation manufacturing, grew at 7.3% for five years, ahead of North Carolina’s 5% and outpacing the growth of U.S. manufacturing jobs.

“Asheville has all the tools that support long-term growth, community leaders supportive of advanced technology, an innovative workforce, and best of all a location that attracts talent,” said Michael Meguiar, plant manager at GE Aviation, a division of the Fortune 10 company.

 

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Asheville Jobs & Economic Development News

Burial Beer Expands Again with Second Asheville Location

January 06, 2016 by EDC

Burial Beer Co. announced today it will create 17 new jobs and invest $1.8 million for its second brewing facility and tasting room in Asheville.

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WNC Career Fair Features 4,500 Job Openings

December 23, 2015 by Asheville Citizen-Times

Featuring a record number of employers, the region's largest job fair will offer job seekers up to 4,500 openings. The event will be held 11am-4 pm on Thursday, Jan. 7 at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher.

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AVL 5x5 Campaign Impact 2010-2015

AVL 5x5 Investors

AVL 5x5 was incredibly successful, thanks to support by the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, Town of Weaverville, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, and nearly 80 local investors and organizations.

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