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CEOS for Cities Asheville North Carolina

presentation for Connected City Workshop
by

Robin Cape

on 20 June 2014

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Transcript of CEOS for Cities Asheville North Carolina

Natural and Built Assets Key to Rebound
A Community to Match
The Mountains

A Mountain City Makes a Comeback
Asheville Stats and Stars
From Points of Light to Fireworks
Population: 85,000
26% minority pop.
MSA: 435,000
Western NC Region: 1+ million
Urban hub of WNC

National recognition as:
Top Small City for Art
Happiest City in America
Beer City USA
Tastiest Town In the South
One of Forbes’ Best Places for Business & Careers
Home to NCDC- world’s largest climate data archive
The most biodiverse region in the U.S.

Historical buildings attract private investment
Public investment in parking decks and civic center
Bele Chere sparks civic pride
Small businesses move in
Arts and culture play a key role in revitalization
June 20, 2014 CEOs for Cities Cluster Workshop
Our City, Our Story

Downtown Boarded Up in 70's
The Challenge
Downtown Asheville a Strong Asset

Shouldering the largest per capita debt burden in the country, Asheville committed to paying its obligation and had no money for "urban renewal."
The result was a flight to suburban malls leaving a 25% occupancy rate downtown. The property tax base and city population plummeted resulting in a ghost town.
Asheville North Carolina
$46 million in 1930's Depression-related debt stifled downtown investments
Asheville CEO Cluster Founding Members
Success Breeds New Challenges, New Opportunities
Asheville's growth brings with it a new set of challenges:
Addressing gentrification & affordability
Strengthening wage base, balancing tourism with economic cluster assets
Growing tax base with infill opportuities
Facing transportation challenges
Keeping our authentic Ashevilleness!
River Draws Development Focus

Brownfields
Greenways and Parks
Art Studios and Galleries
Breweries and Restaurants
Mixed Income Housing
Recreation and transportation

Asheville 5x5 Plan focuses on cluster assets
Art Galleries and Craft Studios
Music, from Blue Grass to Opera
Outdoor Recreation Paradise
Architecture and History
Festivals
Local food and retail
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