Happy Fall, y'all!
October 2019
2019 IEDC Annual Conference Recap
Avalanche was all-in at IEDC’s 2019 Annual Conference earlier this month. We enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. With the whole team in attendance, we covered a lot of ground.

Celebrating our Clients
100 New Jobs Coming To Norcross When Food Plant Opens - Birchwood Food's new processing plant will open in January in Norcross, GA , and hire 100 new workers in a variety of positions. Development on the $33 million plant is already underway. Congrats Norcross on this incredible win!

Being a connected community is one of the Charleston SC region's cornerstone values . We congratulate local leaders on reaching a major milestone. The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester COG received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to initiate development of the Lowcountry Rapid Transit (LCRT). The game-changing 23-mile mass transit project will connect job and residential centers across the fast-growing region.

Speaking of transit, Ohio's first 'SmartLane' opened in Columbus this month , part of a proactive initiative to utilize technology to improve traffic and commute times. Congratulations to the Columbus Partnership , One Columbus , and everyone involved in continuing to advance the community as one of the nation's leading Smart Regions!

Way to move ahead, everyone!
Avalanche in the News
These 15 Austin Consulting Firms Are Setting Businesses on the Path to Success - Avalanche Consulting was named one of the 15 Austin Consulting Firms You Should Know by Built in Austin! We're so excited to be recognized for our work and our ability to put our clients on a path to success. Thanks, Built in Austin!
Congrats to Noelle Salerno, Senior Consultant, for being selected to be a part of Leadership Austin's 2019-2020 Essential Class! Noelle will join Amy and Tony as Essential program alumni. Go Noelle!
Avalanche in Action
This month, we were excited to escape the Texas heat and spend time in beautiful Indianapolis and Cleveland! In Indy, we had fun exploring the broad array of topics presented at IEDC's annual conference. Amy had the opportunity to speak on a panel featuring best practices from AEDOs in Miami, Roanoke, West Palm Beach, and Pflugerville. We ended the month in Cleveland, where we led community outreach for the 2030 Strategy and participated in the sold-out Cleveland Rising Summit. Here are a few snapshots of our team in action:
The Future Of Featured Post: Examining Washington D.C.’s Approach to Opportunity Zones
The selection and community engagement process for opportunity zones has varied from state to state, but economic developers can learn a lot by looking at Washington D.C.’s community engagement process.

D.C. took an active approach when it came to identifying opportunity zones and determining what kind of investment is needed to improve the community. Leaders there held a public information session, conducted an online community survey, and engaged with local officials about the community’s available census tracts. They also appointed a Chief Opportunity Zone Officer, a public official that will oversee D.C.'s 25 opportunity zones. Her role goes beyond just looking at the incentives policies for these zones, but also looks at current and proposed zoning, takes community needs into consideration, and approaches these tracts with data-driven decision making.

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