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.