Western NC: A Center of Innovation

On Monday, business leaders from across North Carolina met for the AdvantageWest Economic Summit in downtown Asheville. The topic of the evening was

“The Western North Carolina Innovation Ecosystem: What’s Missing?”

brp_caseys_top-lightenedsmallOur region is known as a center for creativity and is becoming better known still as a center of innovation. Mark Erwin, the head of a Charlotte investment firm, says “Asheville and by extension all of Western North Carolina has a real chance. Asheville is a little bit offbeat, and not living in the past like some communities, but in the now.”

Just by walking the streets of downtown Asheville, Hendersonville and Waynesville, you can feel the buzz and know that positive change is to come. Two of our most recent accolades on business confirm that we are certainly headed in the right direction.

The Asheville region ranked:

  • #17 of “25 Best Places for Business and Careers”, Forbes.com June 2012 and #13 of 91 “Medium-Sized Cities”
  • #75 out of 398 “All Cities” in 2012 Best Cities for Job Growth, Forbes.com May 2012.

For detailed information on what’s happening in the local economy here, contact one of our NAI Beverly-Hanks commercial real estate agents or go to naibhcommercial.com for a thorough report of the region.