State of Our Workforce: Western North Carolina

AHBA Members and building industry business leaders are encouraged to take part in this collaborative survey addressing current and future workforce needs.

The quality of our current and future workforce is increasingly seen as the most important factor in our region’s economic growth and vitality. Our thriving business community benefits from Western North Carolina’s intrepid workforce, but we know employers of every size are still facing challenges in finding talent and preparing for the future. That’s why the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the North Carolina Chamber Foundation, the Economic Development Partnership of NC, and the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, is launching a regional workforce analysis called the State of Our Workforce: Western NC.

The Asheville Home Builders Association’s participation is critical in helping identify solutions to close the skills gap and improve the workforce pipeline—which will ensure that local companies have the resources and people they need to succeed. With the data provided from this analysis, we can better align education systems, economic development initiatives, and business needs so our region can continue to grow and thrive.

The State of Our Workforce is a regional initiative with statewide ramifications. Launched first as a local study in the Triangle, today’s expanded program aims to help stakeholders like local businesses, educators, and community leaders better understand their workforce challenges through area-specific data. While the North Carolina Chamber Foundation will use the aggregate regional data to guide statewide decision-making, The State of Our Workforce: Western NC is solely focused on us.

That’s why we need your help.

The survey is being administered by RTI International (, who is working with over 40 regional economic development organizations in Western North Carolina to share this survey.


Unlike other studies, this program doesn’t stop with just collecting the data.

Results of the survey will be used to:

  • Inform policymakers and stakeholders about the realities of workforce development in Western NC and across the state
  • Improve both short- and long-term hiring needs
  • Develop an effective cradle-to-career talent pipeline, complete with actionable strategies and policy recommendations
  • Create an efficient structure for ongoing industry feedback

Thank you in advance for your feedback. Should you have additional questions, please reach out to Michael Hogan at [email protected].

The Asheville HBA is committed to promoting careers in construction and supporting valuable opportunities to meet our members’ current and future workforce needs.  Learn more here about the AHBA’s Scholarship Program, Speakers Bureau, Playhouse Showdown program and more.