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The Higher ED Blog: What’s new in economic development research (summer 2017 edition)

The Higher ED Blog publishes a quarterly economic development research roundup that shares new research practitioners might find useful. The series draws from Economic Development Quarterly, Regional Studies, the Journal More...

The Higher ED Blog: How to Thrive as a Shrinking City

Depopulation, de-industrialization, and decline are words an economic developer never wants to see describe their community.  When they do, questions are always asked, fingers pointed, More...

The Higher ED Blog: 4 Ways Economic Developers Are the Key to Solving Global Issues

Climate change. Gender equality. Food security. War. Labour unrest. Healthcare access. It seems like the world is only getting worse. When you turn on the More...

The Higher ED Blog: Public Art and the Importance of Public Consultation

Have you ever walked by a piece of public art – often worth hundreds of thousands of dollars – without even noticing it? Probably. According More...

The Higher ED Blog: Encouraging Employer-Supported Volunteering in your Community’s Businesses

This article is the third in our Volunteers: The Extra-Economic Developers series, which explores the beneficial ways that economic development and volunteerism can intersect. This More...

Free drug coverage makes Canadian debut

I’ve always scratched my head at this– Canadians are offered free medical care without being offered free prescription drugs to go with it. It doesn’t More...

Job Loss and Residential Mobility

“The recent economic downturn [2008-2009] magnified a routine occurrence in the Canadian labour market: job loss resulting from an employer downsizing, moving, or going out More...

The Higher ED Blog: Community Futures Program built on passionate volunteers

This article is the second in our Volunteers: The Extra-Economic Developers series, which explores the beneficial ways that economic development and volunteerism can intersect. This is in More...

The Higher ED Blog: 5 Ways Volunteers Make your Job Easier

This article is the first in our Volunteers: The Extra-Economic Developers series, which explores the beneficial ways that economic development and volunteerism can intersect. This More...

The Higher ED Blog: Hitting the Road with Community Futures Oxford

Last Monday, University of Waterloo students in the Masters of Economic Development and Innovation (MEDI) program, accompanied by Professors Heather Hall and Tara Vinodrai, were More...

Putting dreams on hold for student loans

It is common knowledge that accumulating debt from student loans is at an all-time high in North America. Education has not always been this expensive. More...

The Higher ED Blog: Succession Planning in 5 Easy Steps for Canada’s Farming Industry

Succession planning is a hot topic in rural economic development, and a growing concern for its communities. Canada’s farming sector in particular will face unique More...