February  2018
When the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) began preparing the 10-county metro's new five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), it knew it wanted the planning process to encourage inclusivity. ARC started with the question:
What must be done to ensure that metro Atlanta region remains a vibrant, thriving region that is competitive on a global stage? For ARC and its partners, achieving this required a holistic approach that looked at every opportunity to catalyze economic growth, not limited by topics typically covered in a CEDS.
I June 2017, ARC engaged
Avalanche to facilitate the region's CATLYST Strategy and address the question of how to create more thriving, competitive region. The answer? Be a region that works for everyone by empowering economic mobility. Put people first and decrease disparities. Doing so will result in a more robust talent pool and long-term economic momentum.
The lessons learned from the process are relevant to any community - from small cities to major metros - interested in creating a CEDS that is primed for a modern, dynamic economy.  

We have an exciting year of speaking engagements lined up. Swing by and say "hi!" if you're attending any of these events. We would love to see you!
  • ECG Economic Development Summit 
    West Jekyll Island, GA, on April 16 - Tony DeLisi will lead a presentation called "Effectively Telling Your Community's Story" about ways to objectively evaluate your community's strengths and how to authentically market them. 
  • NextGen Talks Asheville, NC, on May 16-18 - NextGen Talks is an opportunity for economic development and site selection leaders to discuss trends impacting the industry today. Amy Holloway will facilitate an interactive workshop on "Practical Tools for Tackling the Talent Challenge."
  • ACCE Annual Convention Des Moines, IA, on July 18 - Avalanche will moderate a discussion on chambers' roles in re-engaging displaced and disengaged workers. 
  • Ag & Animal Science Conference Willmar, MN, on September 25 at the MinnWest Technology Campus - Tony will be speaking about economic development trends and innovation in the animal and food manufacturing industries. 


A big win for our client (and neighbor) in Georgetown, TX, this month as Holt Cat, the Caterpillar equipment equipment and  engine  dealer, announced that it will be building an 85,000-square-foot sales, rental, and parts facility. Congrats Georgetown! 

The local media has taken notice of our current work with the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board as we work with the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce GA to create a manufacturing sector partnership. This article encouraged participation in meetings that were held in mid-February to gather input from manufacturers throughout the region.

The LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its first town hall meeting as part of implementing the Troup Works talent development strategy. The purpose of the Town Hall meeting is to get input from community members on how to best attract, train, and retain talent.

The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation announced this month that Live Oak, a development group, plans to build a $14 million, 240,000-square-foot warehouse and office building. The facility will be built in response to growing demand for space in Pflugerville and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

If you have news that you would like to share with our network,  email us a link  and we'll help you spread the word.


From New Mexico to Indy, Houston to Florida, February had us both bundled up and on the beach. (We love our jobs!)

Tony visited Sandoval County, NM, to speak at the Sandoval Economic Alliance 's Quarterly Luncheon, where he updated the community on our Target Industry Study we completed for the SEA in December. 

Noelle and Amy joined our friends at the Indy Chamber to review the marketing platform and strategy we have crafted for the region. Indy never ceases to amaze us with its friendliness and fun! 

Amy and Noelle traveled to Houston to continue gathering stakeholder input for the  Hobby Area District's strategic plan and target industry study. While there, we led a workshop with our 30-member Steering Committee and an open house at the  Harbach-Ripley Neighborhood Center. 

Chris, Marian, and Amy completed the month with a trip to  Jacksonville, FL, to kick off the region's new strategic plan, Elevate Northeast Florida. We jumped into stakeholder input with focus groups, our first Steering Committee meeting, and a workshop at the Regional Forum. It was incredible to see how the region has transformed since the 2012 Innovate Northeast Florida strategy. We're excited to help the region take it to the next level.  

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Avalanche Consulting  is the nation's premier economic development strategist. We are the best in the business at translating complex information into strategies, marketing messages, and motivation for action. We are deeply driven to make a positive impact and seek clients who are equally inspired to energize their economies. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Avalanche was established in 2005 and has assisted more than 150 communities across the US and abroad. 

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