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Economic Development

Fruitful road trip for rural EDOs

Each fall, economic development professionals from rural and agricultural communities across Ontario gather to compare notes. Last year, Norfolk County had the honour of hosting. More...

Community and Social Development

Riding elephants: availability cascades in your town

We have all seen it happen. A developer brings a proposal to a community. It is leading edge and promising. Local council loves the concept More...

International Development

Bridging the digital divide in Rio de Janeiro

Recently I was invited to Pirai, Brazil, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro to participate as a speaker at TEDx Pirai to talk about More...

Business Support

Leveraging employee engagement in economic and workforce development

A recent publication by Maclean’s Magazine focused on Canada’s skilled-jobs crisis. With over 120 pages of content, the publication highlights the challenge facing many sectors, employers More...

Workforce Development

A tale of two cities: choosing economic development for the Internet Age

In 1969, Chattanooga, Tennessee was declared the city with the worst air pollution in America – a legacy of the success of its industrial foundries. More...

Cultural Development

The Higher ED Blog: How would your community like $500,000,000?

If you haven’t yet considered backpacker tourism as a potential tool for economic development, maybe it’s time. The province of Victoria, Australia published in their More...

Green Economy

The Higher ED blog: The next “Silicon Valley” of green tech

  Silicon Valley, California is envied for its entrepreneurial culture, concentration of highly skilled labour, and wildly successful and innovative companies that often produce equally More...

Technology and Innovation

Small town, big economic story

Can a town of 2,300 people in the countryside of Mississippi create a future for itself with broadband?  The answer is yes if you speak More...

Policy and Research

Why immigrant kids become homeless: study finds cultural clash with parents is the top reason

At age 12, Cheyanne Ratnam began couch-surfing to keep herself housed. By 14, she was a ward of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. After More...