Success Stories and Testimonials

Asheville Creates: From local artist studios to craft manufacturers and global technology companies, arts and commerce share a strong bond in Asheville. Featuring over 75 local artists and businesses, including the band The Broadcast, the EDC explores connections between Asheville’s creative culture, the economy, and innovation.


Local Inspiration, Global Innovation: Asheville's scenic beauty provides an inspirational backdrop for innovative work. Across Buncombe County, forward-thinking business leaders and entrepreneurs are passionately creating and distributing cutting-edge products that impact people's lives across the national and around the world.


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. We spoke with a handful of leaders in our community and learned some inspiring success stories of companies that have expanded in the Asheville area and are making a difference.

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.