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Stop wasting time crafting vision statements

How many times have we read it? You start a strategy by establishing a vision. Sounds logical, but it’s the wrong place to start. Here’s More...

The Higher ED Blog: Making the most of your airfare to Whitehorse for the 2015 EDAC Conference

We’re now half way through the high summer season, which is as good a time as any to strategically plan your trip to this September’s More...

How culture and art influence economic development

It’s well know that culture and arts have been used to stimulate the economy. There are numerous creative industries and cultural industries that bring money More...

The Higher ED Blog: Six lessons for improving collaboration across the urban-rural divide

Ontario is a highly urban province.  Since resources and authority tend to concentrate in urban areas, that leaves rural communities to largely fend for themselves. More...

The Higher ED Blog: Women in economic development can have it all, just not all at once

On June 18th, 21 women (and one man) came to downtown Toronto to meet other women in economic development and to learn strategies for surviving More...

Will Vancouver’s housing bubble burst?

In the book A Short History of Financial Euphoria, the prominent economist John Kenneth Galbraith described the causes and commonalities of speculative financial episodes, from More...

The Higher ED Blog: How Wi-Fi can boost tourism in your rural town

In cities, the internet is fast and ubiquitous. As a resident of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, I’m alarmed when a web page takes longer than a few More...

Data, data, everywhere and no one knows from where: Economic developers and their sources

Whether or not economic developers realize it, they are considered central sources for community data.  Constantly asked about population numbers, labor force statistics, projected industry More...

The Higher ED Blog: Building a framework for best practices in regional workforce development systems

Workforce development has arguably been an underutilized lens for regional economic development research and strategy. This persists despite the broad and obvious contribution workforce development More...

CNBC Article about Palm Beach County’s Attractiveness to Financial Services Companies

The pitch for running a hedge fund from Miami or Palm Beach is hard to ignore, especially after another brutal Northeastern winter. Taxes are low, More...

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...