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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...

What Global Cities Say: Reflections on the SXSW Cities Summit

By Tony DeLisi, Vice PresidentThis year, the SXSW Conference in Austin hosted its first-ever Cities Summit – signaling the ever-growing importance of local leaders in shaping our common future. The Cities Summit convened civic leaders and urbanists from across...

What Today’s Youth Activism Could Mean for Tomorrow’s Leadership

By John Rees, Research DirectorOn March 14th, thousands of students nationwide walked out of class in a mass protest against continued gun violence in the US and legislative inaction on the issue. This past week, additional “March for Our Lives” protests were held in...

Catalyzing CATLYST: Metro Atlanta’s People-Centric CEDS

By Amy Holloway, PresidentWhen the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) began preparing the 10-county metro's new five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), it knew it wanted the planning process to encourage inclusivity. ARC started with the question:...

Essential Questions Every Economic Developer Should Ask in 2018

By Amy Holloway, President As we begin the new year, we are thinking about questions that should be top-of-mind for communities interested in improving their competitiveness. These are inspired by conversations that are surfacing within our client communities across...

Avalanche’s Top 2017 Takeaways

As we say goodbye to 2017, the Avalanche team is reflecting on what we’ve learned throughout the year. In the ever-changing landscape of the US economy, we’re constantly staying current on trends. Here, our team members share insight on what we learned in 2017 that...

Avalanche’s Picks for Your Holiday Reading List

By Amy Holloway, PresidentWhether you’re nesting at home or adventuring afar, the holidays are a great time to catch up on reading.  But, where to begin?  With today’s broadening definition of economic development, the range of topics that influence the future of our...

Who’s Driving Your Talent Discussions?

By Jennifer Vernon, ConsultantIs your community engaging in conversations about talent development or alignment? If so, you are not alone. Communities large and small, with populations growing and slowing, are all facing issues when it comes to talent. The term...

It’s a Jungle Out There

How to Effectively Navigate Amazon hq2 by Avalanche Consulting On the morning of September 7, Amazon sent the economic development industry into a frenzy with its HQ2 announcement. Now, communities from all over North America are feverishly assembling their proposals...

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