Three of the new courses at Blue Ridge Community College are endorsed by Pratt & Whitney, which is expected to employ up to 800 people at its new Buncombe County plant. Students who complete the courses will automatically qualify for an interview with the company. Plus, more business openings and updates.
According to personal finance website WalletHub, Asheville is the nation’s 39th best small city in which to start a business. A combination of industry variety, high workforce educational attainment and low labor costs helped the city beat out over 1,200 other markets with fewer than 100,000 residents.
Passenger numbers increased by 18.6 percent compared to 2017, assisted by new nonstop routes to destinations such as Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa, Fla. A recent economic impact study found that the airport contributes nearly $1.5 billion per year to the local economy.