Community & Economic Development

Asheville is recognized worldwide for being a hub for healthcare industries, maker economies and craft entrepreneurship, breweries, small businesses, travel and tourism, breathtaking natural resources, and a rich place for arts, culture, music and entertainment. The Community and Economic Development Department promotes the City's development polices and leverages resources in order to enhance economic opportunity. We work with the community to improve economic and social conditions to create a vibrant, robust and sustainable city.


Community DevelopmentEconomic DevelopmentStrategic Development



Affordable HousingMinority BusinessDowntown DevelopmentHomelessnessBusiness ToolkitRiverfront RedevelopmentRedevelopment of City-owned LandSpecial Event Permitting and ResourcesCharlotte StreetReal EstateCommercial Filming and PhotographySouth SlopePartnershipsYouth Leadership AcademyArts and EntertainmentUS Cellular CenterExplore AshevilleEconomic Development CoalitionMeet the Staff


Location: 5th Floor City Hall, 70 Court Plaza
Sam Powers, Director
Department Phone: 828-232-4505