Economic Development News & Insight

logo-horizontal
More Latest Posts Articles

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...

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...