Duncan to head Economic Development Coalition

May 25, 2018

Asheville, NC, May 25, 2018 – Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that Clark Duncan, currently Vice President of Economic Development, will assume the role of Senior Vice President of Economic Development and Executive Director of the Economic Development Coalition (EDC) July 1, 2018.

Duncan takes over leadership of the EDC from Ben Teague who is joining Biltmore Farms as Vice President for Strategic Development. Teague will maintain strong ties with the Asheville Chamber and has been nominated to serve on the Asheville Chamber Board of Directors given his new role with Biltmore Farms.

“One of Ben’s legacies is an outstanding economic development staff, so it makes total sense that we would promote from within,” said Kit Cramer, President & CEO for the Asheville Chamber. “Clark has been a key member of the economic development team since 2008 I have every confidence that he will provide strong leadership for our economic development initiatives.”

Duncan has been instrumental in numerous economic development projects including securing New Belgium, White Labs and Fox Factories location in Asheville. In his new role, Duncan will oversee the Chamber’s company retention and recruitment efforts; Venture Asheville, the Chamber’s high-growth entrepreneurship initiative; execution of the AVL 5×5 economic development strategy; and research.

The Economic Development Coalition (EDC) for Asheville-Buncombe County is a public-private partnership committed to: creating and retaining high quality jobs, community leadership, and being a resource for better business decisions.  The EDC accomplishes this mission through its four core services: business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurship, research, and marketing and recruitment.  The EDC is funded by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and over 80 private investors through AVL 5×5: Vision 2020. Visit www.ashevillechamber.org/economic-development. Learn more about AVL 5×5: Vision 2020 at www.asheville5x5.com.

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization with over 1,700 member businesses and organizations. Chamber members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business. The Chamber is home to the Asheville Visitor Center that welcomes over 200,000 visitors per year. To get active in the Chamber, visit ashevillechamber.org.