EDC Landing Page: Asheville Metro Area

  • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Western North Carolina has long been known for its craftsmanship, a tradition that continues with a thriving advanced manufacturing industry, including medical device manufacturing and aircraft parts manufacturing. The creative-quality driven culture is evident today where well over 300 companies create products that are used worldwide and the outstanding workforce is repeatedly identified as one of the reasons manufacturers choose Asheville.
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  • Science & Technology
    • The frontier ethic of innovation and collaboration that accompanied early pioneers to the Asheville area is alive today in the region's exciting science and high tech sector, making the city a top choice for companies involved in cloud computing, data management, geo-spatial visualization, and climate science. Broadband infrastructure, colleges, and business-friendly technical schools have proven key elements helping to meet the needs of new and expanding companies requiring highly skilled talent.
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  • Healthcare
    • Still a destination for rejuvenation and nationally recognized for delivering exceptional care, healthcare is a driving force in the Asheville metro region. It is the largest industry in terms of employment with a diverse range of organizations--from traditional healthcare services, to companies focusing on medical device manufacturing, to natural and alternative healthcare, to commercial avenues such as Mission Health -- all of which add strength to the region's growing economy. Health services and medical device manufacturing in the Asheville metro is a progressive industry utilizing cutting edge and advanced technologies to deliver high quality care.
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  • Arts & Culture
    • One of Asheville's most distinct and deeply-rooted assets is the arts. With a well-established arts community comes a creative independence that not only sustains the art culture, but advances and enriches business activity across industries. With the dramatic beauty of the region providing natural inspiration, it is no surprise that Asheville has been recognized numerous times as "A Top Small City for Art" by AmericanStyle Magazine. The region's national reputation includes high praise for architecture as well as genres in music, craft, the performing arts, design, and much more.
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  • Entrepreneur-
    • With 96% of establishments in the Asheville Metro having fewer than 50 employees, small business and entrepreneurship fuel the region's business landscape. Entrepreneurship in the region complements all other industry clusters by offering an impressive array of services and products--from finance and insurance to professional and technical services -- to breweries, fine chocolates and crafts. Entrepreneurship is an essential key to economic growth. Entrepreneurs interested in start-up ventures in the Asheville region can find a variety of services to assist with their enterprise.
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What are clusters?

Industry "clusters" are geographic concentrations of interconnected companies and institutions in a particular field.

"Clusters" also include the institutions & professional organizations that provide research assistance and support to the industry.