Category: Economic Development

New Contest Seeks to Find Affordable, Creative Solutions to Housing

One US city is hoping to incentivize developers to build affordable housing by opening a contest looking for creative ideas for affordable housing. The prize? Free land to test their idea.

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Eds & Meds in the Transformation of Industrial Cities

By: Marian Kansas, Consultant

Alan Mallach’s book The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America explores the rise and fall of America’s industrial cities. For us, it was an illuminating read on economic development, especially as Avalanche is advising communities across the Rust Belt.

We were especially interested in the chapter “From Factories to Eds and Meds.” Cities with rich histories like Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh have been able to weather the difficult transition in part because of their strong higher education and healthcare sectors (“eds and meds”).

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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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How to Make Incentives Work

It’s no secret that while incentives can be effective, they may not always be the smartest move for your community. Infamous deals (like Foxconn) have led researchers to wonder how we can make incentives truly work for communities.

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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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