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Buncombe 2025

a strategic plan to move our County forward

What is Strategic Planning?

People gathering for strategic priorities training session

Buncombe 2025

Buncombe 2025 is a strategic plan that will guide County operations and set a course of action for moving forward and drive future policy and budget decisions.

The plan development began in July 2019 with a series of workshops with Commissioners facilitated by consultant Rebecca Ryan with guidance from UNC School of Government. Focus areas were defined by the Commissioners’ priorities and input from employees and the public was considered.

Download Strategic Plan 2025

Focus Areas

A caring community in harmony with its environment where citizens succeed, thrive, and realize their potential.
Respect – Integrity – Collaboration - Honesty - Equity

Focus Areas & Goals

Educated & Capable Community


A county where all residents thrive and demonstrate resilience throughout their lives.

2025 Goals

  • Increase third grade literacy rates especially among underperforming students
  • Increase kindergarten readiness
  • Improve college and career readiness
  • Protect older residents’ ability to age in place

Environmental & Energy Stewardship


High quality air, water, farmland and renewable energy for future generations.

2025 Goals

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Preserve farmland and environmentally sensitive tracts

Resident Well-Being


Our residents are safe, healthy, and engaged in their community.

2025 Goals

  • Expand and maintain cultural and recreational assets
  • Increase access to public transportation, including public transit and paratransit services
  • Reduce jail population and enhance public safety
  • Eliminate deaths as a result of substance abuse

Vibrant Economy


A robust and sustainable regional economy that builds on our homegrown industries and talent and provides economic mobility for residents.

2025 Goals

  • Increase median household income to North Carolina benchmark
  • Increase total employment in region’s targeted industries
  • Implement land use strategies that encourage affordable housing near transportation and jobs

Foundational Focus Areas


Systems, policies, and practices that support equity for all people and an organizational culture that embraces diversity and inclusion.

Operational Excellence:

Proactively managing an infrastructure that contributes to best-in-class performance.


Ensuring funding, talent, and partnerships that enable high quality delivery of services and information.



Locate & Contact


Avril Pinder
County Manager
P. (828) 250-4100
F. (828) 250-6076

County Manager
200 College Street, Suite 300
Asheville, NC 28801

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.