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Be Intelligent about economic development – Attend the 2015 Intelligent Community Summit in Toronto

Why do people go to conferences, summits, seminars and roundtables? Why don’t we just sit in the comfort of our homes, sit back and turn More...

The Ponzi scheme of urban sprawl?

In 1919, an Italian-born Boston entrepreneur named Charles Ponzi began to employ a clever way of making large sums of money.  It was not to More...

The Higher ED Blog: Does your city have what it takes to be an inland port? The key ingredients to success for logistics hubs

The rise of airports and freeway interchanges as cargo shipping points, and availability of inexpensive land in their vicinities, has drawn logistics services away from More...

Thoughts on strategy in a networked world

Over the years, I have collected a number of thoughts on developing strategies in a globally connected world. In a globally connected world, isolation is More...

The Higher ED Blog: Nine ways economic developers can use social media

Social media is not a fad. In Canada, 69 per cent of the population visited at least one social networking site in 2013 and social More...

The Higher ED Blog: How one lower-tier municipality made its housing market more affordable

Langford, BC, spent many years as a bedroom community of Victoria but recently, the city of 29,228 has begun to break out on its own. More...

The Higher ED Blog: Incubators generate results but still might not be worth the investment

How do you attract and retain the startup or early stage business that is poised for rapid growth, innovation, and job creation? This is a More...

Does government really know anything about innovation?

On January 22, the Intelligent Community Forum will name its Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year, shrinking the list of the Smart21 down to the More...

Are we looking at the end of knowledge workers?

I recently came across the video below by Jacob Morgan, a futurist and author whose latest book looks at the future of work, on the evolution More...

The Higher ED Blog: Five documentaries on Netflix economic developers should watch over the holidays

Chances are no matter what kind of holiday you celebrate (or don’t), you’ll have all or part of the next week off work. Lots of More...

InstaBusiness? How a beauty startup turned Instagram comments into a product line

Social media is no longer just for socializing between friends on the web, businesses have taken to using social media to interact with their consumers More...

Farm 2050: Silicon Valley’s attempt at cashing in on the new farming revolution

We live in an era where innovation is a tool for efficiency. We want quick, and easy with little hard back-breaking work, and we see More...