Connect & Thrive

Connect & Thrive


Our mission is to cultivate a thriving region by developing a collaborative technological and social infrastructure that empowers our communities while enhancing our quality of life. We use collaborative technologies to help WNC residents clarify challenges we face together and outcomes we desire so that we can locally develop future-forward solutions and apply them regionally.

What's Next

Join us at the Fall Retreat on Friday November 10 at Highland Lake Cove in Flat Rock. 

Let us know your level of interest in attending here.


Recent Community Involvement

Tracy Schmidt speaks on a panel with other WNC women leaders at the 2017 Economic Bruncheon.

You're Invited

to the UNITE WNC Fall Retreat. Date November 10, 2017

Our spring summit was a collaborative success. UniteWNC is now a permanent alliance and we are planning a Fall Retreat now. @UNITEWNC you will participate fully in planning for our vibrant tech community. Join us at Highland Lake Cove in Flat Rock for a meaningful team-building experience.

What Are the Fall Summit Goals?

Share successes and progress over the past 6 months

Work on plans for what’s next for each initiative

Get to know each other better and build stronger relationships

A key goal of the Fall Summit will be to discuss how to make sure that this is a regional effort, inclusive of all WNC, not just AVL.

Norris Gentry, Chairman of Madison County Board of Commissioners

"As a community, Madison County, is moving forward to empower our residents with the technology of today and tomorrow.  Access to these resources are critical to the continuing progress in an expanding and more prosperous future.  We embrace the challenge and support the Unite WNC goals to help support the regions growth."

Wanda Greene, Buncombe County Manager

"I believe that designing our digital future provides a tremendous opportunity to develop a strategic plan for the technology sector in our region. I am supportive of the UNITE WNC project and look forward to working with others to strengthen our talent base in this fast paced digital world."

David N. Wilcox, Vice President Tower Associates, Inc.

"Mature business ideas that took years to develop now happen overnight. Overwhelming data, untrained or undertrained employees, inadequate equipment and infrastructures and cyber-attacks are all battles that rage at every turn. Businesses depend on a collaborative model helping each other and that is why the UNITE WNC spring event is so vital for our region – to plan our digital IT future."

Josh Dorfman, Director of Venture Asheville and Asheville Angels

"It’s clear that technology will play a key role in WNC’s future. But whether it becomes a driving transformational force for regional economic prosperity is up to all of us to determine. UNITE WNC is playing a crucial role in charting the path forward! "

What Role Can You Play?

Check out the calendar and/or the one of the social platforms listed above to join the community!