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8 Powerful tips for promoting community events

Event promotion is an art.  Or maybe it is a science. Actually, event promotion is a lot like gardening.  You start with seeds of ideas. More...

The Fall Fair as an entrepreneurial meetup

I didn’t always appreciate the Fall Fair.  Growing up, it was mostly about eating cotton candy, riding the Tilt-a-Whirl and watching the cars get smashed More...

Filthy hybrids and electrics…

I live on Toronto’s Yonge Subway line in a 26 storey apartment building. Each day, I walk seven minutes to the subway station, before a More...

How do you cool a desert city that uses no carbon emissions?

The picture above is in fact a giant air conditioner. Now this tower isn’t your typical AC – it doesn’t have a compressor or coils, nor More...

Why healthy communities matter to our competitiveness

Last week, a friend had asked me, “What’s the connection between healthy communities and economic development?” In response, I set out to explain why no More...

Infrastructure deficit in rural Canada. Is it time for a Marshall Plan?

When the good folks at MDB sent me an email announcing this new website and inviting me to become a contributor my first response was: “What? Who? More...

Review: “The Great Reset”

There’s no question that the biggest – and most controversial – name in economic development of late has been Richard Florida. The New Jersey native, who relocated More...

Review: “Connected”

In their book “Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives — How Your Friends’ Friends’ Friends Affect Everything More...

Revitalizing the Rust Belt

The declining fortunes of rural one-industry towns is a common story throughout much of Canada and the United States.

Review: “What’s the Economy For, Anyway?”

The Great Recession and current economic instability have raised many questions about how to revive the economy and create jobs. For some, however, economic recovery More...

Review: 13 Ways to Kill Your Community

This book is written for small town residents with the desire to make a difference in their community, but who aren’t quite sure what to More...