Grand Opening of the newly renovated Maple Building

Our Mission

Our mission: grow businesses, grow jobs and grow skills
We offer:
  • Classroom training, or training at your site
  • Standard curriculum, or training customized to your needs
  • Implementation on the shop floor
Our business model: training to implementation to measurable results

Skills learned in the classroom are not always applied in the workplace. Our business model aims at implementing for results. To do this, measurement is part of our training model.


Economic and Workforce Development

Kevin Kimrey, Director of Economic and Workforce Development, heads a team of professionals dedicated to serving the businesses and industries of Buncombe and Madison counties.  Contact us for more information at (828) 398-7921.



Economic and Workforce Development is located in the Haynes Center, a vital component of the BASE, AB Tech's Business Acceleration Site in Enka. It's a hub for business advancement and continuing education in Asheville and Western North Carolina. The state-of-the-art training facility includes both small group and traditional classroom training areas, computer labs, the small business incubator, a conference center, and wet laboratory space suitable for biotechnology and food industry start ups.