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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.

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Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day Ceremony to be held in Pack Square Park

  The City of Asheville and Buncombe County will host a Memorial Day Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. May 27 at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage, Roger McGuire Green in Pack Square Park.   The ceremony will feature short readings by Brothers Like These veterans that will recount their real-life experiences in service. Major General Rick […]

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Connect with down payment resources, lenders and realtors at Asheville Home Ownership Fair

  The City of Asheville will hold a Home Ownership Fair from 10 a.m. to noon May 18 at the Stephens Lee Center gymnasium, 30 George Washington Carver Ave. Come learn about resources available to help you and your family become homeowners in Asheville.   At the fair, residents can learn about the City’s down […]

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City’s Youth Leadership Academy class recognized and encouraged by Mayor

    Going to college, getting guidance on how to get there and intern experience along the way form key components of the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy, also known as CAYLA. At City Council’s April 23 meeting, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer recognized the 38 CAYLA participants from this year’s class. It’s a proud […]