WE TRANSLATE COMPLEX INFORMATION INTO COLLABORATIVE ACTION

“The team at Avalanche was incredible at taking us through a very intensive, complicated process and helping us arrive at a clear and useful product.”

-James Spaniolo, President & CEO, North Texas Commission

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

 

AVALANCHE CREATES TRANFORMATIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIESOur team has more than 85 years of combined experience crafting economic development strategies for communities across North America, elevating each with the best research and industry insight available.

We understand the nuances of how to manage a planning process so that it delivers real results for our clients. Modern economic development must be holistic, inclusive of every opportunity to make your community a more prosperous place for all residents and businesses. Our approach to strategic planning is transparent and inclusive. Because of the collaboration and involvement designed into every step of the process, stakeholders take ownership in the final product and implementation.

Our strategies include competitive assessments, benchmarking, targeting, tactical action plans, and implementation support. Contact Tony DeLisi or Amy Holloway to discuss how we can develop a strategy that takes your community to new heights.

WORKFORCE PLANS

 

AVALANCHE HAS LED WORKFORCE PLANS FOR DOZENS OF COMMUNITIES. WE RECOGNIZE THE INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE QUALITY OF A REGION’S TALENT POOL AND ITS SUCCESS IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

Our labor shed analyses and talent alignment plans provide clients with a deep understanding of their workforce dynamics and action plans for creating a pipeline of talent to fuel economic growth.  Through our research, we ensure employers and educators are making decisions together on a shared platform of data. We provide communities with tactical approaches to addressing workforce needs and the trust to do so in a collaborative way.  

Contact John Rees to discuss how your community could benefit from our customized workforce studies.

CUSTOM RESEARCH

 

AVALANCHE KNOWS THAT DATA ONLY BECOMES POWERFUL WHEN IT COMMUNICATES YOUR COMMUNITY’S STORY. Our research illuminates facts about your community that will resonate with target audiences and inspire action.

We produce ah-ha! moments for our clients. Using our suite of research products, we transform our findings into messages to market your community, improve public policy decisions, and prioritize investments.

We keep a daily watch on industry trends and regularly interview executives and site selectors about the market dynamics. Over the past two decades, we have developed proprietary research methodologies that are tailored for advancing economic and workforce development organizations.

We translate information into currency. Contact John Rees to discuss possibilities for customized research in your community.

“Avalanche Consulting was the perfect firm at the perfect time for Douglasville and Douglas County, GA.  We haven’t had a strategy in almost 20 years, they came in and provided a clear objective that allowed our community to rally behind and put into action. We now have a new brand, public and private partners that have committed human and financial capital to implementing the plan and a renewed aspiration for a great place to live, work and play Outside the Lines.”

 

 

– Chris Pumphrey, Executive Director, Develop Douglas

MARKETING AND BRANDING SERVICES

 

AVALANCHE BELIEVES THAT RESEARCH IS THE FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY MARKETING AND BRANDING.

Our deep research process leads to community brands that go beyond the clichéd slogans and messages that often characterize economic development initiatives.

We are the best in the business at translating complex information into brand identities and marketing messages that resonate with local audiences, site consultants and business executives. Our process evaluates data and audience input from external and local perspectives, getting to the heart of your community’s authentic brand.

Please contact Noelle Salerno to discuss a marketing and branding strategy that translates your assets into messaging that stands out from the rest.

ORGANIZATIONAL SERVICES

 

AVALANCHE HELPS COMMUNITIES MODERNIZE THEIR APPROACH TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. We optimize staffing, investor engagement, funding and reach.

Our organizational assessments include stakeholder input, workshops, leading practice evaluations, and objective recommendations on how to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of an economic development initiative.  

Contact Jennifer Vernon to discuss how we can assess and lend focus to the activities of your organization.

FOUNDATION SERVICES

 

AVALANCHE ARMS NONPROFIT FOUNDATIONS WITH THE DATA AND INSIGHT THEY NEED TO MAGNIFY THEIR IMPACT.

We recognize the incredible impact that foundations have on their communities when their programs and grants are strategically targeted. Our services for foundations include:

COMMUNITY ASSESSMENTS – While everyone intuitively understands the importance of having a vibrant community, distilling this topic into quantifiable metrics can be challenging. We lead in-depth analysis, benchmarking, and stakeholder input to define a community’s most significant needs.  Our Assessments illuminate where a foundation’s investment of time and resources will catalyze the greatest positive change.

STRATEGIC PLANS – Powered by research, we develop grant-making and programmatic strategies for foundations that help them accelerate progress within the communities they serve. We bring a holistic, collaborative approach to addressing complex community issues.

INTERACTIVE DASHBOARDS – We develop engaging content using interactive websites as a storytelling platform. Through data visualizations and rich narratives, our dashboards help inform decisions about which community investments will make the biggest difference.

Contact Noelle Salerno to discuss how your nonprofit can make a more significant impact with our services.

HEADLIGHT™ ONLINE DATA PORTALS

Headlight™ is Avalanche’s award-winning software designed to help economic and workforce development organizations stand out against their competition.

Headlight powers websites that automate data management, analysis, and updates from end-to-end. Headlight serves many needs, from enhancing marketing content to informing public policy and workforce development. Career Headlight is our career planning tool specially designed for workforce development organizations who want students and other residents to make better decisions about their career pathways based on real-time, local job market information.

Contact Chris Engle to discuss a customized portal for your workforce or economic development organization.

“Avalanche was amazing to work with and have provided us an interactive and achievable roadmap to improve our community. I also feel that I personally gained valuable knowledge from them during the process that has made me a better economic development professional and thoroughly excited about engaging with my community on accomplishing the goals we’ve set out for ourselves.”

 

 

– Shawn Hershberger, Development Services Director, City of Winchester