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18 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — WESTERN NC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 ASHEVILLE Or hop on U.S. 276 and drive through Pigsah National Forest, home to 500,000 acres of craggy peaks, cascading waterfalls and tree-covered slopes. Just an hour away, search for elk along the Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or admire the breathtaking views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure at Chimney Rock State Park. Although it's always been wild and beautiful and tucked between the foothills, the city itself underwent years of revitalization to transform into the eclectic town it is today. Passionate locals helped push their beloved "Land of the Sky" out of the economic slump of the '60s, '70s and '80s and convert it into something greater. In the 1980s, on top of encouraging developers to build, city council members created change by approving liquor by the drink and sidewalk dining at restaurants, erecting new parking garages, maintaining vital public buildings downtown and establishing Bele Chere, a now popular outdoor summer festival. Today, Asheville's major industries include advanced manufacturing and technology, educational and health services, government, arts and tourism. Buncombe County Public Schools, Mission Health System and Hospital, the City of Asheville, The Biltmore Company and the Buncombe County Government are a few of the largest employers in the area. The median age of Asheville's population is 38 although this statistic might change considering Conde Nast Traveler named Asheville as one of its "12 Best Places to Retire" in 2016. Asheville is making waves as a startup hub as well. One local described it as a BYOJ (bring your own job) city, suggesting residents remain there to make the living they desire. Asheville's more than 20 breweries began as startups — probably thanks, in part, to Venture Asheville, which hosts a group of successful entrepreneurs who want to fund new businesses and mentor owners. Other organizations also assist budding businesses including Blue Ridge Food Ventures, an incubator for natural foods companies; Accelerating Appalachia, a hub offering 12-week programs to sustainable businesses; The Collider, a nonprofit "climate tech moonshot" that connects businesses to science to create climate solutions; and Hatch, a space for co-locating high- growth startups under one roof. In the last few years alone, Asheville has acquired a print shop that can transform your kids' artwork into coffee table books (Plum Print), a custom-fit clothing company (Appalatch), a developer of dynamic data- driven websites (PRC Applications), a subscription box service for athletes (The RunnerBox) and an outdoor gear membership program (GEARU). Whether you're catching a live show downtown, exploring the Blue Ridge, or consuming a seemingly endless amount of food and beer, the Asheville Chamber of Commerce offers residents and visitors alike this advice: "Pace yourself!" [] MODEL OPEN Asheville's Premier Condo-Hotel in the Heart of Biltmore Village Bruce Feldman • 828-484-4818 Residences-at-Biltmore.com FROM THE MID $200'S Two and three-bedroom fully-furnished condominiums are available for purchase and offer a hassle-free second home ownership opportunity. Enjoy all of the amenities and services of this luxury all-suite hotel while in residence. While away, offset the cost of ownership by placing your condo in The Residences at Biltmore's onsite rental program and share in the revenue it generates. Downtown Asheville Mission Hospital Biltmore Village Biltmore Ave. 40

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