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Please take the Downtown Business Census


With the new year upon us, we invite you to share your feedback about 2018 to help guide us in growing our downtown for all.

Last year over 200 businesses responded to the first Downtown Asheville Business Census, a collaborative effort led by the Downtown Commission’s Local Economy Committee, Asheville Downtown Association (ADA), Asheville Grown Business Alliance (AGBA) and Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR). Results of the survey were shared with Council, city leadership, organizations, funders, boards and commissions, and the public. Click this link for a snapshot of results and actions taken in 2018.

The information gathered through this survey helps inform ADA policy initiatives and directives and is crucial in understanding the makeup of our downtown business community.

Downtown is the economic hub for Asheville and a five-county area. We’re booming. We’re growing. We’re attracting millions of tourists and are featured on dozens of top ten lists. How do we ensure we grow responsibly? How do we ensure businesses that have helped establish our downtown have a voice and are prioritized in how we grow and what we need?

One way is to collect ongoing data about who we are and what we observe. We hope you will take this opportunity to share your input with us. And please share with colleagues and other businesses in downtown. Information specific to businesses will not be public or shared; only summaries will be shared.


The survey is about 50 questions and will take about 15 minutes to complete.

Our thanks for you input and we look forward to sharing the results with you.