|Recommendations Under Consideration to Build on Sports Tourism Success
|Founding Members Consider Merging Sports Commission Team with Explore Asheville
The Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission (ABRSC) was created in 2010 with four founding members: the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, UNC Asheville, and Explore Asheville/the BCTDA. At that time the City, County, and TDA equally invested $45K each annually, with UNC Asheville providing in-kind facilities and expertise. Today, Explore Asheville funds a majority of the investment at $230K, while the City of Asheville and Buncombe County's contributions remain at $45K and UNC Asheville provides the same in-kind services.
Founding members collectively agreed on an independent review to determine a sustainable way forward to build on the success of sports tourism efforts. Huddle Up Group presented their recommendations at an in-person stakeholder meeting on April 17, and now founders are considering these recommendations to merge the Sports Commission with Explore Asheville. The next steps for this process include the following:
- City Council to be briefed on recommendations by City staff on May 9
- Additional listening sessions will be held with founding members and the ABRSC advisory board
- Explore Asheville staff will work with Finance Committee on scenario planning as part of FY24 strategy and budget efforts that will be presented to the BCTDA in May
- Any change will require a vote of the founding members and ample notice to the Sports Commission