What is the AAWNC?


The AAWNC (formerly Greater Asheville Area Apartment Association GAAAA) was founded in early 1980 by a group of apartment managers and management firms to provide the apartment industry with an association that could unite them under one name, offer continuing education for their personnel, and providing related service groups the opportunity to become involved. These three factors became the foundation of the present association.

In 2010, the name was changed to the Apartment Association of Western North Carolina to further serve multi-housing professionals in our region.


The three primary objectives of the AAWNC are:

  • To promote goodwill and professionalism within the industry and the community.
  • To provide ongoing educational opportunities for all members.
  • To promote the continuing growth of our industry through legislative guidance and support.

Each of the above objectives is of vital importance to every member of the Association, especially now, as our industry prepares for a future of increased governmental regulation at all levels, increased competition, and diminishing profitability industry-wide. Our ability to adapt to the future successfully depends to a large degree upon our joint efforts in accomplishing these goals.


Our affiliation with the National Apartment Association enables us to offer educational courses and opportunities to promote professionalism. As a registered lobbyist in Washington, the NAA represents our views on industry issues.

AAWNC is a local affiliate of the Apartment Association of North Carolina, and the National Apartment Association. When you join the AAWNC, you become a member of all three associations!

The Apartment Association of North Carolina is dedicated to leading and supporting its members' ever-changing needs through regulatory and legislative advocacy, industry education and communication.

The National Apartment Association's mission is to serve as a trusted, preeminent resource for all stakeholders in the rental housing industry through advocacy, education and collaboration. Click here for NAA's Member Benefits.