We are research-based and analytical. We are focused. We are economic development strategists who are deeply driven to make a positive impact.

Working with clients in communities across North America, Avalanche translates complex information into actionable strategies. We uncover the unique qualities and particular strengths of each partner community, and we coordinate stakeholders to build upon those assets together.

Established in 2005 in Austin, Texas by economic development strategist Amy Holloway, Avalanche guides client partners through economic analyses and development strategiessmall towns and major metros, entire states, chambers of commerce, community foundations, and regional economic development corporations.

For every client and project, the Avalanche team aims to:


Avalanche is passionate about making a positive and meaningful impact in our client communities. We design initiatives to spawn unprecedented levels of collaboration. Our processes get people excited about economic development, and we are inspired by clients who are equally energized to transform their economies.


No two communities have the same mix of assets, challenges, and opportunities. We begin every project by exploring the client’s community, discovering strengths, and identifying challenges. Avalanche takes an innovative approach to every assignment, and we never deliver cookie cutter products.


Since our founding in 2005, we’ve built our reputation on integrity and excellence. Avalanche is determined to exceed expectations for every client every time, and we are confident that every past client could serve as a reference for us and speak to our commitment to their success.


We treat clients and their constituents with warmth and respect. We listen. We are personable and approachable. Avalanche works to engage the whole community in economic development and to seek meaningful results for clients.


Market conditions are ever-evolving and the ability to monitor progress and to quickly respond to change is essential. We build flexibility into our processes, enabling us to adapt to new circumstances that arise during the course of a project.

Build Legacies

For nearly 200 clients across North America, Avalanche has developed economic analyses, target industry studies, and economic development and marketing strategies. Strategies designed by Avalanche are vital initiatives that have generated more than 260,000 jobs in our client communities.


Our strategies are like living, breathing playbooks, guiding clients through their daily work and achieving results. We take ownership of our work, and we’ll stay involved during the implementation of the strategies we recommend. While projects may only last a short time, relationships are long-term. We look forward to being partners with our clients for decades to come.

Working with the Avalanche team was a breath of fresh air. The consultants were very careful to listen to business and community leaders prior to making their recommendations. They did not roll into town with pre-conceived ideas or prescriptions. I received multiple compliments from the community about the energy and enthusiasm the team brought through their approach. The strategic plan that was developed is being implemented by multiple organizations, because we had their buy in from the beginning.

-Emily Crawford, City Manager, City of Brownwood, Texas