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Could rural sourcing really work?

Many small towns have looked with envy at cities transforming their economies on the back of the IT sector. With their hot young entrepreneurs and More...

The new digital economy: driving change (Part 2)

In the time before automobiles ruled the earth, the horse and buggy were the kings of the road. At the turn of the century between More...

Supply management or not?

If you subscribe to Canadian Business magazine, you may have noticed the editorial by Duncan hood on p. 6.  It’s titled “A nation held hostage More...

The iceberg dilemma

I’ve often had colleagues tell me that I am passionate about workforce issues. I can’t argue with them, especially when I find myself thinking about More...

Nation branding and diplomacy: brands and trade

Place-branding is relatively new for both economic developers and communication professionals alike. Theoretically place-branding has evolved as an interdisciplinary field of study bringing together international More...

The new digital economy (Part 1)

In the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, fans of the show were introduced to “The Replicator”, a 24th century advancement device that allowed More...

Place brands exist in the mind of the citizen

Brands exist in the minds of the consumer.  That’s a truth ubiquitously understood by brand mangers and product marketers.  In the world of consumer goods More...

Capturing “cool” in cultural policies

There is a heated debate in Vancouver, over the recent announcement that the site of the Waldorf Hotel has been purchased, with plans for condos. More...

Mind the Gap! Differences in regional growth rates are narrowing — and that’s a GOOD thing!

There’s been a distinct difference in the rate of economic growth between Canada’s regions over the past several years. Momentum has clearly favoured Western Canada, More...

So exactly what does the customer want? Response from a literary/cultural tourist

Steven Thorne’s informative series of posts on ‘place based’ tourism, and his contention that there is a strong desire in many travelers to enrich themselves More...

Creating Quality Jobs: Transforming the Economic Development Landscape

As the role of economic developers has expanded to include everything from technology transfer to attracting retail to expand a community’s tax base, the profession More...

Getting Prepared: Economic Development in a Transforming Energy Economy

While the specifics of the transition to a low-carbon economy are still being debated both nationally and internationally, it appears likely that some type of More...