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Vibrant Economy

Focus Area

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

Goal: Increase median household income to North Carolina benchmark

Rationale: Buncombe County has a thriving economy that demonstrates job growth, low unemployment and thriving industry clusters. Even with these positive attributes, annual median household income ($50,668) continues to lag behind 2018 North Carolina state benchmarks ($52,413)14 while costs of living increase.


  • Increase average wage for incentivized projects by Buncombe County.
  • Set standard for community by supporting $15 minimum wage.
  • Increase number of certified apprenticeship slots offered throughout Buncombe County.

Most Recently Reported Results

Goal: Increase total employment in region’s targeted industries

Rationale: Buncombe County is home to several industries that were born here and grew up here. These industries give us a competitive advantage – from attracting new business to developing our workforce. Continued growth in our strong sectors will promote opportunities in high wage sectors for job seekers with a variety of skill and education level.


  • Increase total employment in targeted Professional Office and Information Technology jobs.
  • Increase total employment in targeted advanced manufacturing jobs.
  • Increase small business and “startup” jobs.

Most Recently Reported Results

Goal: Implement land use strategies that encourage affordable housing near transportation and jobs

Rationale: Land use strategies guide the future actions of a community. These strategies help to support a vision for the future by identifying long-range goals and objectives for all activities that affect the community. These strategies account for changes in Buncombe County’s growth patterns, development scenarios, land use demands, and demographic composition. Robust land use strategies will help to identify the “best use” of our scarce developable land resources and encourage development that meets the community needs for affordability and accessibility.


  • Evaluate existing and potential programs and incentives that encourage affordable housing along transportation corridors and in areas where adequate public infrastructure exists
  • Initiate a robust, citizen engaged and policy-focused comprehensive planning process.

Most Recently Reported Results

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Rafael Baptista

Strategy & Innovation Department
200 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801

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