Terry Bellamy photo Asheville citizens elected Terry M. Bellamy to serve as Mayor of Asheville in November 2005 and re-elected her to a second four-year term in November 2009. During Bellamy's tenure as Mayor, Asheville has received numerous accolades and recognitions including the city’s designation as a Fit Community for 2006-2009; the Preserve America designation awarded by First Lady Laura Bush; one of the Top 25 Best Green Places by Country Home; one of the world’s top 12 Must-See Destinations by Frommer’s; one of the top 10 Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes; one of 50 Smart Cities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance; and the second best Arts Destination by AmericanStyle magazine in 2008.

In her role as Mayor, Bellamy has made continuous efforts to improve city programs through federally funded grants. She was also active at the forefront of the planning of the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy, a program that seeks to empower Asheville's youth by giving them the opportunity to work in various offices with the City and County.

Mayor Bellamy serves as a member of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Land-of-Sky Regional Council, and the Metropolitan Sewage District Board. She received the honor of being appointed to the 21st Century Transportation Committee by Governor Mike Easley, was appointed to serve on the Joint Legislative Committee on Housing, and most recently, was chosen to serve on the North Carolina League of Municipalities Board of Directors.