Category: Best Practices

Successful Entrepreneurship in Rural America

A small town in Wyoming is becoming a best practice by utilizing its historic assets to revitalize the economy.

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2019 IEDC Annual Conference Recap

By: Team Avalanche 

Avalanche was all-in at IEDC’s 2019 Annual Conference earlier this month. We enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. (Hey everyone!) With the whole team in attendance, we covered a lot of ground. Here’s a recap of what each of us took away from the event.

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Inclusive Economic Development in Albuquerque

New leadership at the Albuquerque Economic Development Department is refocusing efforts on local, small businesses and the City’s large population of people of color.

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New Nonprofit Uses Popup Public Spaces to Revitalize Dead Downtowns

A Boston nonprofit is trying to bring back energy and life to empty downtowns by transforming vacant storefronts into public spaces. 

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A Guide to Upskilling Your Workforce

Jobs requiring tech skills are on the rise, and more and more workers lack the skills necessary to excel in our future, tech-focused economy. Preparing the next generation workforce will require upskilling current workers.

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Communities (and Their Businesses) are Going Global

Cities all over the country are working to make their local economy more global by promoting exports, which helps diversify the economy, expand local business operations, and create jobs.

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The End to an Incentives War Marks a New Start for Kansas and Missouri, Hopefully Other States Learn from this New Cooperation

Kansas and Missouri had been infamous for using incentives to poach jobs across state lines from Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KA, and vice versa, but a new agreement between the state governors marks an end to this incentives battle and the beginning of a new, cooperative economic development relationship.

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Affordable Housing is Still a Challenge, but There are Solutions

Affordable housing is a national issue, but the problems and solutions look different for every community. Cities can still learn from one another, even if their problems are different, and federal efforts can support communities as they develop more affordable housing.

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