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6 Cool ideas for rural economic developers

Here is a selection of some of the cool ideas presented at a recent agriculture economic development forum organized by the Ontario ag ministry. Some More...

Why economic developers should be obsessed with social media

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the iCanada conference in Montreal where leaders from across Canada gathered under one roof to discuss More...

The cultural economy and its global reach

There’s been no shortage of attention in Canada and the United States about the growing importance of creative cultural industries in economic development at a More...

Place-based cultural tourism: A new planning paradigm

For the past decade, my work has focused on destination planning for cultural tourism.  Using principles and practices of cultural planning pioneered by my friend More...

Conversations, connections, and community building

I’ve just returned from an exciting conference where I sat through three days of sessions delivered by great presenters, heard two fabulous keynote speakers, and More...

New discourse on economic policy and politics

I’ve travelled across Canada and some European countries teaching the history of modern economic development. My lecture starts with Jacobs in the 1960s, moving to More...

Getting there from here

Reading the final document from the Rio+20 conference together with the Earth Charter leaves me with a sense of disquiet. Both are eloquent statements of More...

The right people for the right economy

In the world of economic development there’s a constant effort to better link people, their skills and job opportunities to ensure workers have access to More...

Assessing Impacts in Creative Placemaking

My last blog dealt with ‘creative placemaking’, which is receiving increased attention in both Canada and the United. The belief is that creative placemaking can More...

FDI and social media 3.0: going viral

“What are you doing today that will impact tomorrow”?  That was the first question we asked when we started planning our viral video campaign.  With More...

Campus Entrepreneurship Initiatives: Template for Success

The message is clear: entrepreneurs create jobs and stimulate economies, at the same time, more of our future leaders are interested in pursuing entrepreneurism. New More...

Are you going to map that? Application of GIS in Economic Development

IBM estimates that we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day.  In case you’re wondering, that’s 18 zeroes to the left of the decimal.  More...