Economic Development Specialist, Office of Economic Development for the City of Asheville
Brenda Mills is an Economic Development Specialist with the Office of Economic Development for the City of Asheville. Brenda has been in Western North Carolina (WNC) since 1992, working in the public sector for over 25 years, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, supporting both Buncombe County and the City of Asheville’s initiatives on minority business & community outreach. She served eight (8) years on the Asheville Regional Housing Consortium as the city’s representative and recently joined the Land of Sky Regional Council’s board as minority representative for Buncombe County. She currently works on economic initiatives to include minority business outreach for all city contracting and public art acquisition, which includes being staff liaison to the Public Art & Cultural Commission, and she works with the city’s current and future incentives supporting job growth and increasing the tax base for the City. Brenda has worked extensively in WNC with other business assistance agencies, colleges, universities and non-profits to support a vibrant region with such efforts as Minority Enterprise Development Week, the City’s Reverse Vendor Fair, community visioning in the French Broad and East End neighborhoods, and recommendation and implementation of the city’s living wage policy.