Success Stories and Testimonials

Asheville Creates: From local independent artists to craft manufacturers and global tech companies, the connection between arts and commerce is strong in Asheville, North Carolina. Featuring local band The Broadcast, the EDC explores how a creative culture drives an economy of innovation in Asheville.


Local Inspiration, Global Innovation: Asheville, North Carolina, is an inspiring place to call home. Talented local business leaders and entrepreneurs across Buncombe County are creating and distributing innovative products that impact people throughout America and worldwide.


AVL 5x5: The 5-year job creation strategy added 6,385 new jobs and $1 Billion in capital investments to Asheville and Buncombe County in 2010-2015, far exceeding the EDC's goal. Here are a few inspiring success stories of companies that have expanded here and are making a difference in our community.

The EDC's support extends to a range of industries, from technology, to manufacturing, as well as the fast-growing Asheville breweries. New Belgium Brewing's investment in the Western North Carolina economy is slated at $175 million.  New Belgium CEO and co-founder Kim Jordan comments on the company's choice of location: “From the deep sense of community to the rich, natural environment and the opportunity to revitalize a brownfield site near a vibrant downtown, Asheville has everything we've been looking for in a location for our second brewery.” New Belgium is investing in Asheville not only for the existing beer culture, but for the quality of the water, and the quality of life. To learn more about local company successes, click on the links to the left.