…about The Collider


John Firth, CEO & Co-Founder, Acclimatise Group Ltd, London:

“There is nowhere else in the world like The Collider in Asheville, North Carolina. It’s not just an office; it’s a concept. Think of it as the climate sciences version of Silicon Valley. It’s an incredibly exciting opportunity for Acclimatise to locate our North America office here.”

Henry Doss, Columnist, Forbes magazine:

“[The Collider has] a big vision — accelerating an emerging climate resilient economy. They have a state-of-the-art facility. They have a broad and deep community of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and investors. And they have the commitment to marry commerce with idealism to foster pragmatic solutions. But most of all they have what may be the single most important ingredient for success — the rapidly developing innovation culture of their home city, Asheville.”

Attorney David Gantt, Former Chairman of the Buncombe County Commissioners:

“The Collider fills a much needed void in our community.”

Clark S. Duncan, Director of Business Development, Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County:

“Corporate America is waking up, getting past the political football of climate change and talking about how we are going to deal with it. Asking, ‘How can we use climate data to forecast our business, to better plan our business, to better grow our business?’ The Collider is a place where innovators and the climate science industry can connect, develop and launch their products, and find new ways of utilizing the rich data resources from the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Not just for the benefit of strengthening the economy of Asheville, but for what’s truly going to be impacting the economy nationwide and globally for the next decade or more.”

Dr. David G. Brown, Provost Emeritus, Wake Forest University; former Chancellor, UNC Asheville:

“Your courageous vision is a win-win, for the community as well as a business venture.”

Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., Executive Director, Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority:

“The Collider is very exciting and a great addition to the community. It’s one of a kind and Asheville is at the center!”

Robert T. Geolas, President & CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina:

“Congratulations to The Collider. A great project for North Carolina.”

…about ‘Climate City’ – Asheville North Carolina


Dr. Daniel J. Leathers, President, American Association of State Climatologists:

“If you look across a map, there is nowhere else in the United States that all of these different climate-related groups come together like this…except in Asheville.”

Bruce Katz, Inaugural Centennial Scholar and Vice President & Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution:

“You have something that is truly global. Climate change is a global phenomenon that the marketplace is both concerned about its implications and then also trying to innovate to solve problems and make money at the same time. I think you’ve got something the world wants.”

Drew Jones, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Climate Interactive:

“So many people around the world right now are trying to figure out, ‘How are we going to adapt to the changes that are coming with our climate?’ What I see is increasing demand for visualizations, for analysis, for solutions, for better thinking tools – from corporations, from governments, from people around the world, from civil society, asking ‘How are going to adapt to climate change? How are we going to avoid it in the future?’ The demand is growing and I see Asheville’s climate tech cluster as a group that can respond to that demand.”

…about Climate Change


Former President Barack Obama:

“There’s one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate.”

Pope Francis:

“Climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation.”

Robert Swan, renowned Polar explorer:

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”