A strategic plan that unites our community for better jobs and a growing 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

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

U.S. Climate Organization Selects Asheville for National Office

August 25, 2015 by EDC

The American Association of State Climatologists (AASC) announced today it will locate its headquarters and first full-time executive director in Asheville, N.C.

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Climate organization could bring economic impact to Asheville

August 25, 2015 by Citizen-Times

If you look across a map, there is nowhere else in the U.S. that all of these different climate-related groups come together like this, except in Asheville. We wanted to sit right in the middle of that nexus,” Leathers said.

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Asheville’s AVL 5x5 Campaign Impact

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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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