This week we were super excited to personally host several ULI councils in Asheville, NC. Our topics of discussions included:
- The Biltmore Farms history (1897 – Present), core values and economic philosophies by Jack Cecil
- Economic Development in Asheville, a case study on how Asheville became the right fit for New Belgium, by Ben Teague and Clark Duncan
- New Belgium core values related to local economic interests, by Gabe Quesinberry
- Emerging developments around the river arts district and West Asheville, by Chris Eller and Matthew Dyer
- The Asheville river arts district greenway present and future, by Stephanie Monson Dahl
Our councils are mainly regional from Raleigh, Charlotte, and Greenville. So, Asheville was very interested in collaborating and discussing what the future holds for our city. The councils covered a lot of space around the River Arts District located on the French Broad River. Some of the main takeaways included: the need for real estate development anchors that are community focused, the River Arts District investment opportunities, and ideals for the River Arts District.
Many of the inquiries I received from ULI council members were questions about job and wage growth in Asheville, which are very strong right now. One of the best questions I received regarded what the obstacles were for big business in Asheville. I always respect someone who wants to know what they should keep an eye out for with big business decisions.
By the end of the meeting council members received a warm welcoming with local entertainment, local spa gifts and knowledge on how capital investment is trending in Asheville. I look forward to giving a warm welcome to any of you in the future.