Category: Education

Research Provides New Vision for Talent-Driven Economic Development

A new report examines how economic development organizations can position themselves to focus on workforce development in their community.

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We Need More Than Free College to Solve America’s Workforce Problems

Many political candidates, politicians, and researchers have proposed a “college-for-all” approach, but this article argues that more must be done to address the future of work.

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Veterans are Great Workers, but Need Guidance to Find the Right Jobs

Veterans make excellent employees but connecting them to jobs can be difficult. Multiple factors are holding back this skilled workforce from reaching their full potential, leading many veterans underemployed.

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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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How Policymakers Can Assist in Retraining, Upskilling

More and more entry-level jobs are going unfilled because of a lack of workforce skills, but companies are starting to do something about it. Policymakers should follow suit and promote legislation that makes it easier for workers to upskill and retrain.

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The Secret Sauce

By: Amy Holloway, President and CEO, Avalanche Consulting

Every Avalanche newsletter includes a section in which we celebrate our clients, highlighting economic development accomplishments in communities we have served. There is never a shortage of stories (and, we are only catching a small portion of the good news that is out there). It inspires us to keep pursuing our mission of making a positive impact on the world.

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Avalanche’s Summer Reading (and Listening, and Watching) Recs

One of Avalanche’s core values is continuous learning, which means that our team is always reading, listening, and watching media that helps us better serve our clients. We love to view stories through an economic development lens. We use what we learn to not only help our client communities become more vibrant, prosperous places but also to improve our own leadership and facilitator skills.

As we kick off the summer season, we thought it would be fun to share what’s inspired us lately in hopes that it will do the same for you. Enjoy!

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Washington State Implements Free & Reduced College Tuition

Washington State recently passed the Workforce Education Investment Act, an innovative bill that will help support workforce development in the state by providing free or reduced college to families in need.

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