Avalanche is the nation’s premier economic development strategic planning firm. Avalanche is deeply driven to make a positive impact and seek clients who are equally inspired to energize their economies. Established in 2005, Avalanche and its team have assisted more than 200 communities across the US and abroad. Led by economic development strategist Amy Holloway, Avalanche guides client partners through economic analyses and development strategies—small towns and major metros, entire states, chambers of commerce, community foundations, and regional economic development corporations.
We believe that modern economic development must be holistic, inclusive of every opportunity to make your community a more prosperous place for all residents and businesses. Traditional job attraction strategies cannot be the only area of focus for economic developers today, especially when topics of affordability, social equity, and mobility are top of mind.
Vvalanche’s support of Strategic Sonoma was led by President Amy Holloway and Vice President Tony DeLisi.
Amy Holloway, President – Amy Holloway is the energetic leader of Avalanche Consulting, Inc., one of the nation’s leading economic development strategy firms. Avalanche provides targeted economic development plans, custom research, workforce analyses, and communications platforms for the most dynamic communities in the country. In her 23 years of experience as a consultant, Amy has authored strategies for more than 100 communities across the US and abroad, including the Atlanta Regional Commission, Charleston Regional Development Alliance, Charlotte Regional Partnership and Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Columbus 2020, Greater Houston Partnership, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, JAXUSA Partnership, Miami-Dade County’s Beacon Council, and Provo City Utah, just to name a few. Amy received BBA and MS degrees in Environmental Economics from Baylor University.
Tony DeLisi, Vice President – Tony DeLisi is Avalanche Consulting’s Vice Presidents, where he focuses on workforce and economic development strategies, project management, research, and client support. He is passionate about helping communities build on their competitive strengths to address challenges, inspire innovation, and grow in an inclusive manner. Most recently, he led a workforce strategic for Troup County, GA and comprehensive economic development strategies for Amarillo, TX; Pflugerville, TX; Frisco, TX; and Paducah, KY. He also completed target industry studies for Georgetown, TX and Sandoval County, NM. Tony received a BS in Earth Systems with a focus on Land Management from Stanford University and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Before his economic development career, Tony worked on energy infrastructure planning and permitting in California.