In an rapidly changing global economy, communities must proactively work to help their businesses and residents thrive and remain competitive. The West Kentucky Future project is an in-depth study of the region's workforce and industry. The Regional Economic Growth Strategy will analyze the regional workforce, identify opportunities for growth, and develop a strategic action plan to move West Kentucky forward.

About the Strategy

Commissioned by the West Kentucky Workforce Board, the Regional Economic Growth will focus on the Pennyrile and Purchase regions, which encompass the seventeen counties of West Kentucky. 

Avalanche Consulting and TIP Strategies will facilitate the development of the Regional Economic Growth Strategy. Both firms are based in Austin, Texas, and have worked extensively in the Purchase and Pennyrile regions, in addition to hundreds of communities across the US and abroad.

Connecting employers with a skilled workforce and residents with the skills to build a career are two of the most critical elements of a thriving community. Drawing from research, stakeholder input, and educational assets, the first of the process, a Workforce Analysis, will reveal the greatest opportunities and challenges to the regional workforce.

The second step of the process, the Sector Analysis, will examine global industry trends and regional assets to identify the business sectors with the highest potential for growth in West Kentucky. Understanding the needs of these sectors will allow West Kentucky to help existing local businesses succeed and attract new businesses to the region.

These two analyses will inform a Strategic Action Plan for West Kentucky. The Plan will provide a clear roadmap to guide partner organizations throughout West Kentucky to improve workforce development and ultimately the economic health of the region.

About West Kentucky Workforce Board
The West Kentucky Workforce Board is a nonprofit organization responsible for responding to training needs, economic development, and workforce development programs throughout the Purchase and Pennyrile Areas of West Kentucky. The Workforce Board oversees the One-Stop Career Center System in the region in conjuction with local elected officials.

About Avalanche Consulting
Avalanche Consulting is the nation's premier economic development strategist. Avalanche is 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 its team has assisted more than 200 communities across the US and abroad.

About TIP Strategies
TIP Strategies, Inc. (TIP) is a privately held economic development consulting firm, with offices in Austin and Seattle. Community leaders across the country have embraced the TIP model of Talent, Innovation, and Place to achieve successful and sustainable economies.


Wednesday, April 13 – Avalanche Consulting and TIP Strategies presented to the West Kentucky Workforce Board meeting. Their presentation included a discussion of the West Kentucky Future strategic planning process, national economic trends, and challenges and opportunities in West Kentucky. 

West Kentucky Workforce Board Regional Economic Growth Strategy

West Kentucky Workforce Board Meeting Presentation - April 13, 2016

Contact Us

West Kentucky Workforce Board
Sheila Clark, Director
300 Hammond Drive
Hopkinsville, KY 42240

Avalanche Consulting
Tony DeLisi, Senior Consultant
101 West 6th Street, Suite 612
Austin, TX 78701

TIP Strategies
John Karras, Senior Consultant
2905 San Gabriel Street, Suite 205
Austin, TX 78705