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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...

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...

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