August 2019
Workforce Development: Finding Talent in Today's Hyper-Competitive Labor Shortage
By Chris Engle, Principle, Avalanche Consulting

This article, published in Expansion Solutions Magazine last month, discusses the realities and response to the labor environment seen across the U.S. today. Companies can sharpen their toolkit in evaluating labor markets and finding a current and future workforce. Educators can better understand the needs of companies, particularly in hard-to-fill positions requiring technical or specialized skills. Economic and workforce developers can deploy new attention to the development of talent from within their communities in addition to attracting workers. Collectively, we can all learn how a high-performing economy must be continually supplied with a labor force that is dynamic, responsive, and innovative despite the challenges brought on by technology, demographic change, and uncertainty.

Read the full article here which includes specific tactics and data on which communities are succeeding in growing a young, IT-savvy workforce.
Avalanche on the Road
See the Avalanche team at IEDC's 2019 Annual Conference on October 13 - 15 in Indianapolis. If you'd like to connect with any Avalanchers at the conference please let us know, We would love to see you!
Celebrating our Clients
Pflugerville boasts highest percentage black population in Austin metro - Pflugerville has a black population that is 10% larger than the black population in Austin. Not only is the population larger, but community is also more equitable. Research finds that Pflugerville's nonwhite population is more educated and better paid relative to the rest of the Austin metro. This is a competitive advantage for Pflugerville , proving that the city is an excellent place for people of color to live and work. This article also features data and insights from Avalanche's Vice President Tony DeLisi.
Avalanche in Action
This month, Amy traveled to Oklahoma to give a keynote presentation at the Oklahoma Governor's Economic Development and Workforce Summit. Amy's topic was Bring on the Change! Turning Unsettling Trends into Opportunities. She spoke about how economic, demographic, and technological changes will shape the future of economic development. Thanks OEDC for hosting. We had an amazing time at this event!
The Future Of Featured Post: How Entrepreneurship Can Revive a Rural Town
A small town in Virginia revamped its economy by investing in and supporting local entrepreneurs. Wytheville, VA, is a town with a population of 8,000 that, like many small towns, saw its downtown economy decline as investment in the nearby coal industry declined. In 2016, Wytheville leadership decided to bring economic vitality back to its downtown through investment in local entrepreneurs. What makes Wytheville’s approach to entrepreneurship unique is that community leadership addressed downtown revitalization from several angles. 

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