Category: Talent Attraction

Which Large, Small, and Micro Counties are Attracting the Most Talent?

New research finds that talent is moving away from superstar cities and to more affordable, less crowded metros.

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Which 20 Metros are Gaining and Losing the Most Young Professionals? (…and the Reason Why)

By John Rees, Research Director

During the past decade, talent has become the most important drivers of economic vibrancy. Regions such as Austin and Seattle are rock star metros thanks in part to their ability to provide employers with seemingly endless pools of smart young professionals. Having a growing pool of talent is especially important in an era when labor is scarce and more difficult to attract. The US unemployment rate remains near a historic low, and the proportion of Americans who move each year has fallen by approximately 50% over the past 40 years.

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Skills, Skills, and More Skills

Why Today’s Economy is Turning Economic Developers into Skills Promoters

By Chris Engle, Principal

Across the country, economic developers grapple every day with the challenge of convincing people to stay in their community, relocate, or develop themselves into the workers our companies need. With today’s unemployment rate at its lowest in decades, retain/attract strategies can feel like a zero-sum game, that my win is your loss. Companies too bristle at the high rates of churn they see in the local workforce. More must be done to increase the size of the workforce pie.

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Avalanche’s ED Index Results Are In: The Battle for Talent Continues in 2019

By Jennifer Vernon and Marian Kansas

The results from our 2019 Economic Development Index are in and once again, workforce availability is the leading contributor to sleepless nights among economic developers. In fact, over the past year, 93% of the 110 ED Index participants believe the availability of skilled labor has become more important in the site selection process. 

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New Talent Attraction Campaigns Are Paying People to Move, Not Companies

Companies are increasingly making site selection decisions based on available talent, so now communities are working hard to attract a high quality labor force.

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