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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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Amazon Investing in Affordable Housing Near HQ2 Campus in Virginia

Amazon is pledging $20 million to Arlington County’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund as part of the HQ2 deal it reached with the County earlier this year.

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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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Public Policy Can Curb the Negative Effects of Automation

Researchers, economic developers, and politicians are concerned about how automation will affect the workforce. By looking at other times in our history where automation has advanced rapidly, we can learn what worked and what didn’t and use that knowledge to address future automation challenges. 

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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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How expensive is housing in your community?

Housing is top of mind in many communities across the country. Access to affordable housing, commute times from residential centers to employer centers, types of housing available, and more all play a role in the attractiveness of your community and the ability of your workforce to easily access jobs.

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Housing is Becoming Unaffordable Outside of Major Metros Too

We’ve all heard about unaffordable housing in San Francisco or Los Angeles, but housing unaffordability is making its way to smaller towns, affecting both homeowners and renters.

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