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Advocacy

The ADA is The Voice of Downtown by communicating concerns, advocating for policies, maintaining relationships with city and county officials and staff, and addressing important social issues. We are committed to the preservation and improvement of the central business district through programming, civic support and annual objectives. Representing downtown residents, merchants and workers, we advocate for practices that encourage smart growth and preserve the quality of life in downtown.

Our membership has grown to more than 300 businesses, nonprofits, families and individuals working together to advance and sustain Downtown Asheville as a thriving business district and residential center. Members continue to identify the need for additional parking and transportation options as their #1 concern for downtown. Infrastructure improvements come in a close 2nd, with cleanliness and safety rounding out the top challenges.

We formed the Asheville Downtown Association Foundation to carry out the altruistic goals of the ADA. The foundation’s main area of focus was the Spare Change for Real Change Program, but we are currently looking for other outlets for this program.

Through the foundation, we successfully raised the funds to install a permanent canopy over the stage at Pack Square Park. Designed and fabricated locally. The canopy was officially unveiled July 4, 2014 at the community's Independence Day Celebration. Our newest project is a public art piece for Lexington Avenue. Details will be available soon.

We also host the annual the State of Downtown Luncheon, featuring updates on downtown issues and projects from an ADA, city and county perspective, and the Downtown Heroes Celebration recognizing individuals who have made a significant impact on Downtown Asheville.

Another part of our mission is to bring more people to Downtown Asheville and we do that through our events and marketing. Downtown After 5, Oktoberfest, the Asheville Holiday Parade and the Holiday Windows Contest bring thousands of people, both residents and visitors, to downtown every year.