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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...

Selling Your Strengths With Real Data

By Jennifer Vernon If you work in economic development marketing, you have probably used the words “great”, “outstanding”, or “world-class” to describe your workforce, industry strengths, or quality of life. While brags have their place (we know, we’re from Texas),...

Key Takeaways from our Metrics That Matter Webinar

By Noelle Salerno Last Friday, we hosted our Metrics That Matter webinar and shared how to translate data into content that inspires action, including tactics on how to fully leverage data in your community through education, advocacy, and marketing. Here are some key...

Scouting Locations in an Era of Labor Scarcity: 10 Considerations

The tight labor market has made availability of skilled labor a paramount concern for companies looking to expand or open a new facility, but data alone will not help a company identify the community that will best meet its workforce needs. By John Rees Today,...

Becoming a More Inclusive Community

How diversity, inclusion, and equity can make your community more prosperous for all citizens By Noelle Salerno Diversity, inclusion, and equity aren’t new topics for economic developers, but they are becoming increasingly top of mind as communities work to address...

Best and Worst Occupations for Gender Wage Equality

By Noelle Salerno Today (April 4) is Equal Pay Day, which means the average woman must work this far into 2017 – an additional 94 days – to match what males earned in 2016’s calendar year. Avalanche has explored gender equality in the past, and we thought this would...

145 EDOs Weigh In on Prospect Trends: You Won’t Believe What They Say!

By: Amy Holloway, President Avalanche’s 14th consecutive survey of economic developers, the 2017 ED Index, is now complete, and you’ll be shocked at the results! Or maybe not.  But, we got your attention.  And, we think you’ll find comfort in knowing that many of your...

Conversations with your Community

How the media landscape is changing and what it means for economic developers   By Noelle Salerno It is no secret that how and where people get their news has evolved in recent years – traditional media consumption has decreased, with many newspapers downsizing...

Leadership Plus for Economic Developers

By Amy Holloway, President Those involved in the economic development profession have the responsibility of creating healthier, more prosperous communities. Economic development professionals are charged with managing a critical public interest and require a stronger...

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