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Top Questions Economic Developers Are Asking Today

By Noelle Salerno, Senior Consultant This month’s IEDC Annual Conference was a great opportunity to connect with economic developers and get a pulse on the trends impacting the field today. Attendees were buzzing about topics that are disrupting their communities and...

Preparing Cities for the Future

By Tony DeLisi, Vice President The future comes more quickly every day. Technologists often describe this phenomenon as an exponential growth curve – with each technological advancement building on the previous advancement and occurring at an ever-increasing...

Which Metros are Winning the War for Talent?

By Amy Holloway, President & CEO Which metros are growing their workforce and which are falling behind? With so many communities engaged in talent attraction and retention campaigns, we’ve been curious about who is actually succeeding, especially when it comes to...

Technology Drivers and Disruptors

By Chris Engle, Principal Avalanche Consulting The Technology industry has become one of the most dominant drivers of the US economy today, as it permeates more aspects of consumer life and business strategy. An urgency now exists for communities to develop their best...

Breaking Down the Talent Pipeline

How to tackle today’s #1 issue in economic development by Marian Kansas, Project Coordinator Unemployment in 2018 is at its lowest in over a decade, with rates sinking as low as 3.8% in May 2018. As the unemployment rate continues to decline, the implications on...

Conscious Economic Development

How economic developers can apply the tenets of conscious capitalism to their own communities By Noelle Salerno, Senior Consultant Here at Avalanche, our mission and passion is to make communities more vibrant and prosperous – and the most effective way to achieve...

The Power of Local

By Jennifer Vernon, Consultant In this second installation of our 2018 ED Index series, we dive deeper into the finding that local and state economic policies rank more favorably than federal policies. To further explore this, we share insights from the newly released...

Which CRM Tool Works for your EDO?

By Jennifer Vernon, Consultant Avalanche’s Chief Sherpa (aka President + CEO Amy Holloway) recently posted the following question to LinkedIn: The post generated more than 4,800 views and a dozen or more responses from economic development professionals across the...

The Role of Business Retention Programs

By Jennifer Vernon, Consultant According to the 2017 ED Index, activities related to expansion prospects accelerated the most over their 2016 levels. 60% of EDOs experienced an increase in expansion prospect activity (a jump of nearly 24 percentage points) compared to...

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