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The WEF ranks countries on human capital development

The impact of workforce development is highlighted in a recent report released by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Mercer.  The first-ever World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Human More...

How much would the 12 days of Christmas set you back this year?

The Christmas season has arrived. The season of family dinners, snow tires and shopping is well underway, but those lords a leaping and turtle doves More...

A cultural turn in planning

Building on the idea that creativity and culture can be a generator of economic growth, local governments are directing investment toward new cultural industries and More...

How’s life in 2013?

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Developmentrecently released another resource as part of its Better Life Initiative. You’re probably familiar with the Better Life Index, which we’ve written More...

The emergence of Strategic Doing: Strategy for open, loosely joined networks

Conventional approaches to strategic planning do not work well to meet the complex challenges we face in our economies today. The reason is simple. Strategic More...

Economic Development Policy: Moving from incentives to co-investment

So much of our obsession with economic development in local and state government focuses on incentives. By some accounting, state and local incentives total over More...

Creative Economy Report 2013: Widening Local Development Pathways

In a previous blog I reported on findings from the 2010 the United Nations report The Creative Economy Report built on a 3-year international study More...

The Higher ED Blog: How do universities create economic impact?

If you live or work in a mid-sized city in Canada, chances are that it has a university. When cities and regions look to promote, More...

Coral reef: $142,000 per acre

A tropical island has valued its natural assets in a bid to retain a conservation-friendly tourist market. Under the blazing Caribbean sun basks an island More...

Featured Contributor: Steven Thorne

For this edition of our Featured Contributor series, I had a chance to hear from Steven Thorne. Steven is one of our most popular contributors, More...

Collaborative Innovation – the New Competitive Edge for Economic Development

Much has been said about innovation as well as collaboration, but when the two mix, they create something entirely new and special. Let’s call it More...

The Higher ED Blog: What does regionalism mean for innovation in rural communities?

In October 2013, The Economist released a special report, “The Gated Globe”. It got me thinking about my recently completed major research paper (MRP), “Rural More...