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Eds & Meds in the Transformation of Industrial Cities

By: Marian Kansas, Consultant Alan Mallach’s book The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America explores the rise and fall of America’s industrial cities. For us, it was an illuminating read on economic development, especially as Avalanche is advising...

2019 IEDC Annual Conference Recap

By: Team Avalanche Avalanche was all-in at IEDC’s 2019 Annual Conference earlier this month. We enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. (Hey everyone!) With the whole team in attendance, we covered a lot of ground. Here’s a recap of what each of us...

Three Newsworthy Economic Development Trends in 2019

By Marian Kansas, Consultant As the manager of The Future Of, Avalanche’s curated content website featuring new economic development articles and commentary each week, I spend a lot of time finding and reading economic development-related articles from a wide variety...

The Secret Sauce

By: Amy Holloway, President and CEO Every Avalanche newsletter includes a section in which we celebrate our clients, highlighting economic development accomplishments in communities we have served. There is never a shortage of stories (and, we are only catching a...

Know Your Labor Shed

By John Rees, Research Director The national unemployment rate recently plunged to its lowest level in 50 years. The last time national unemployment was at its current rate, Nixon had just assumed the presidency, Led Zeppelin had just released its debut album, and the...

Avalanche’s Summer Reading (and Listening, and Watching) Recs

One of Avalanche’s core values is continuous learning, which means that our team is always reading, listening, and watching media that helps us better serve our clients. We love to view stories through an economic development lens. We use what we learn to not only...

Metrics That Make a Difference

How community assessments help foundations translate complex information into collaborative action By Noelle Salerno, Senior Consultant and John Rees, Research Director One of the most frequent questions we receive from our clients is, “How do we measure success?”...

Making the Case for Economic Development

By Tony DeLisi, Vice President Many economic development organizations have seen their work come under increased scrutiny in recent years, which is highlighting a critical need for improved communications with local stakeholders. Questioning of economic development...

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