Asheville Attorney and Mayor Esther Manheimer today joined U.S. Secretary
of Transportation Anthony Foxx as a keynote speaker at the opening of
"The Collider," a climate sciences innovation center in downtown
Esther’s remarks are included here:
The Collider marks the culmination of literally decades of public and
private efforts to leverage the significant federal investment in the
NCEI for private sector job growth in Asheville. It’s a cornerstone
of Asheville’s current economic development strategy (AVL 5x5) for
science and technology.
The public and private sector partners that convene in the Collider for
meetings, or that choose to locate in the Collider to conduct business,
are putting Asheville on the map among the world’s most respected
scientists and big data technologists. That’s the kind of intellectual
and human capital that strengthens and grows the economy.
Beyond the walls of the Federal Building and its archive of data, today
there is a flourishing network of dozens of Asheville-based businesses,
entrepreneurs, technologists, consultants with considerable spinoff economic
activity. These innovators use NCEI data to build technology tools that
allow local and national governments, and increasingly, corporations to
make better decisions for their citizens and stake holders.
Good examples of Asheville-based, private sector businesses in the ‘climate
services’ sector include these firms in The Collider: FernLeaf Interactive;
Global Science & Technology; Acclimatise Group Ltd.; the Earth Partners;
HyrdoCycle Engineering, PC; and UNC Asheville’s National Environmental
Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC).
In Asheville the list of climate services firms includes: Locus Technologies;
Case Consultants; Climate Data Solutions; Riverside Technologies; Climate
Interactive and more.
This emerging economic activity around environmental and climate data
technology, tools and services is estimated to be a one trillion-dollar
industry in coming years. Asheville is positioned to be the center of
that industry – and we are ready, willing, and able to welcome and
encourage this industry.
To the firms that we have here right now – thank you for investing
To any firm that might be considering locating here – we would be
thrilled to have you. Right now in The Collider there is half an acre
of space available. So when I say that we are ready for you I mean that
literally. We are ready for you on Monday.
Let me know what questions you have about Asheville. We are not only a
unique destination on so many top ten lists – we are a great place
to raise a family and to build a fulfilling and rewarding life.