EDC Science & Technology: Infographic

Advanced technology companies such as AvL Technologies pave the way for Asheville's economic growth

Innovation and collaboration are part and parcel to science & technology in Asheville.
Asheville's diverse economy strengthens stability, providing new opportunities for development. High-tech companies span virtually all industries and include international names such as Plasticard-Locktech International (PLI), the world's largest keycard maker, as well as AvL Technologies, a high-tech manufacturer of mobile satellite telecommunications antennas. AvL Technologies holds the largest range of satellite antennas in the world for vehicle mount and flyaway applications. With state-of-the-art abilities and design, these antennas are very secure, efficient, and reliable. In addition, the company is well-known for providing customization to meet needs. These, and many other success stories, showcase the region's proficiency for advanced and high-tech activity in the region.
"There seems to be a lot more focus on collaboration and building the community rather than just the bottom line. People are more willing to come together for work and to share their expertise."
  • - Dr. Todd Pierce, Director,
  • Geographical Information Systems, Locus Technologies

The capacity for climate science

Headquartered in the heart of downtown Asheville, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) house the world's largest store of weather data. NOAA and NCEI work together to unlock the value within a mass amount of data that has the potential to support every sector of the economy. The ability to better understand impacts of weather on communities and businesses often improves outcomes.  Climate science offers opportunities to better enable preparedness, address natural resource concerns such as water, air, and agriculture, improve safety and the bottom line.