Those who live there already know this: Western North Carolina is "hot."
Trendy restaurants, breweries and shops are popping up throughout this part of the state, while outdoor enthusiasts and artists flock to Asheville to take advantage of all the city's perks and undiscovered treasures.
But with these benefits come drawbacks. Housing costs are rising dramatically. As the population surges, there are new demands on the natural resources that make the area so appealing. As more newcomers arrive, will there be conflicts between them and those who have made the mountain region their home for generations?
Natalie Cofield, @ncofield, founder and CEO of Walker's Legacy (@walkerslegacy), Walker's Legacy Foundation (@WalkersFnd) and Urban Co-Lab (@UrbanCoLabATX), an expert on diversity and inclusion in the workplace in Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C.
Jeremy Jones, @thejeremybjones, North Carolina native, author of Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland which documents the cultural and economic changes in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Appalachia
Fred McGhee, @fred_mcghee, historical archaeologist and urban and environmental anthropologist, advocate for affordable housing, education, community policing and environmental justice in East and South Austin, Texas
Jason Sandford, @ashevegas, founder and editor of ashvegas.com — an Asheville independent news blog, Asheville native and 20-year veteran journalist