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What’s next for economic development: Horizontal innovation

The next big transformation in economic development is coming. It’s about time. Remarkably, most economic development organizations are still playing a game invented in Mississippi More...

The Higher ED Blog: Advice for starting a rural transit service

Elon Musk, the infamous founder of Tesla, recently released a Master Plan detailing his vision for the future of transportation. His goals include overhauling public More...

The Higher ED Blog: Is the knowledge economy in peripheral regions a low hanging fruit or a lost cause?

Economic developers in peripheral regions face some tough questions: How do I attract talent and investment away from core regions? How do I capitalize on More...

The Higher ED Blog: Three ways to step up your youth engagement game

Youth. What a lame noun to describe a person (or group of people) under a certain age. Then again, Thesaurus.com lists youngster, fledgling, and teenybopper More...

The Higher ED Blog: Breaking the ice in Municipal-First Peoples relations

Canada’s Aboriginal peoples have fought for and won the right to be involved in the use and development of their traditional lands, which is formally More...

National League of Cities Launches First-Ever Equitable Economic Development Fellowship

PORTLAND, Ore., June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National League of Cities (NLC), PolicyLink and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) are convening today in Portland, More...

Canada still catching up on recession job losses, only slightly better than U.S. performance

OTTAWA – When compared to many of its global counterparts, Canada’s employment record since the 2008 recession hasn’t been too shabby – but it hasn’t More...

Canada job market stays flat in June as unemployment rate falls to 6.8%

OTTAWA – Canada’s employment picture held steady overall in June, but with the jobless rate easing lower as fewer people looked for work. A decline More...

The Higher ED Blog: What’s new in economic development research (summer 2016 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 More...

The Higher ED Blog: Back to basics on public engagement

We know that engaging the public in economic development activities and initiatives is important, but let’s be frank: it’s difficult and takes skill to do More...

The Higher ED Blog: Agriculture offers more than just food to rural communities

I was driving to one of the farms I was studying for my major research paper (for the University of Waterloo’s Local Economic Development master’s More...

The Higher ED Blog: 5 game changers to help economic developers better promote their community

Whether you’re attracting investors or keeping existing industry engaged, communicating your assets and success is pivotal to economic development. But marketing is getting more challenging. More...