Category: Leadership

The Future of Work – Are Workers Opinions Being Considered?

Policy analysts, researchers, politicians, and academic leaders have spent a significant amount of time and energy trying to understand how automation, skills development, and technological changes will affect the future of work. Unfortunately, workers themselves are often absent from these conversations.

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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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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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Making Metro-to-Metro Partnerships Work

Creating a global partnership in name can be easy – two cities from different countries have photo ops with leaders shaking hands or news stories touting the new alliance – but making those partnerships produce real economic benefits can be difficult.

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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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How to Digitally Prepare for a Natural Disaster

As the frequency of natural disasters increases, communities need to be prepared to face one at any time. Does your community have the digital infrastructure necessary to communicate with residents and direct support to the appropriate agencies after a fire, hurricane, or flood?

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Who Should Fix Rural Economies, State or Local Government? (Both!)

Governors are seeking to revitalize the rural areas in their states, but the differences in rural areas, from different target industries, population sizes, amenities, and more, it’s hard for states to formulate one solution.

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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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