May 2019
Our Sizzling Summer Reading+Listening+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 not only to be better advisors to our client communities but also to keep our own leadership and facilitation skills razor sharp.

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!


Amy recommends  On Trails  by Robert Moor  – “To deftly navigate this world, we need to understand how we make trails, and how trails make us!” You may have noticed that Avalanche’s name and spirit is inspired by the outdoors. We clear paths and help our clients reach their summits. (Ah ha! So THAT’s where the name came from!)  On Trails  scratches a curiosity itch for us about how trails form organically in nature. Interpreting it through an Avalanche lens provides inspiration on how direction changes course and pathways from the past play forward. Get On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor . (Or, check your local library!)

Chris recommends  The Second Mountain  by David Brooks  – Recently released, this book looks at the power of a challenge in driving personal achievement, and what it means to be intentional with the next (second, third, etc.) mountain you choose to climb to define your life’s vocation.  Get The Second Mountain .

Avalanche on the Road
We're proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the ACCE 2019 Annual Convention! See Amy Holloway and Tony DeLisi at ACCE's Annual Convention from July 14 - 17 in Long Beach, CA. Tony will be moderating a panel called Disaster Response, Recovery, and Resiliency – A California Wildfire Perspective, featuring panelists from the Los Angeles Area Chamber, Santa Rosa Metro Chamber, and Biltmore Group. Please let us know if you'd like to connect with Amy or Tony at the ACCE Convention.
Celebrating our Clients
All-female Longmont Economic Development Partnership key in bringing Smucker’s plant to city - This article tells the story of how the all-female economic development team at the Longmont Economic Development Partnership landed a manufacturing plant that will bring 500 jobs and a new facility worth $340 million to their community. We love seeing female professionals rock it in economic development. Congrats to the ladies at the Longmont Economic Development Partnership on this incredible win!

The revolution is here: How mid-sized cities can move and grow the fastest - This great article by Christy Gillenwater, President and CEO of the Chattanooga Area Chamber , highlights ways that mid-sized cities are positioned to take advantage of smart city technology, public-private partnerships, and collaborative leadership. Mid-sized cities are important areas where national growth and technological change will be tested and refined, making them a vital part of our national landscape. Thank you, Christy!
Avalanche in Action
May kicked off at NextGen Talks in Brooklyn, where Tony and Marian spoke about the importance of strong internal communications in communities. Next, we travelled to Manhattan, KS, to lead interviews for a marketing plan for the Greater Manhattan Economic Partnership . We had a great time touring the community, even making a surprise visit to the Oz Museum. Finally, we visited amazing Cincinnati to kick off a strategy for REDI Cincinnati and the region. Here are a few photos of our team (and friends) in action:
The Future Of Featured Post: 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.

The new bill will provide almost $1 billion in funding to help students of all ages achieve a 2 or 4-year degree  according to the New York Times . The bill will provide free or reduced tuition for families depending on their income, which means free tuition for families making less than $50,000 a year and reduced tuition for families making less than $90,000 a year. $200 million of the funding is being set aside for community colleges, public 4-year colleges, and apprenticeships.

Avalanche's curated news website, The Future Of, shares what we see as the most relevant news to our profession with YOU. The Future Of is designed for busy thought leaders and change makers in our field who are continuously curious but do not have enough time to cull through messy mass media to find meaningful news. Contact us for subscription information.
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