Economic Development News & Insight

logo-horizontal
More Policy and Research Articles

The Higher ED Blog: A new Walmart is not going to help your local businesses

Walmart is a behemoth: 11,500 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries. One of those countries is Canada; Walmart entered this country more than 20 More...

The Infrastructure Bill: What it means for business (Infographic)

This infographic illustrates problems with the infrastructure in America and how the new bill will affect citizens. America’s infrastructureranking has sunk dramatically in the past few years, from being ranked More...

The Higher ED Blog: What’s new in economic development research (winter 2016 edition)

The Higher ED Blog publishes a quarterly economic development research roundup that shares new research practitioners might find useful. The series usually draws from Economic More...

The Higher ED Blog: Expand your analytical toolkit to get the whole economic picture

Economic analysis is one of the core competencies of economic development, and for good reason. If we don’t understand our local economies, how can we More...

Does your main street have touristic appeal?

Small cities, towns, and villages often struggle to attract tourists. Many focus on the downtown core highlighting “historic” aesthetics as a key marketing message. The More...

The Higher ED Blog: What’s new in economic development research (summer 2015 edition)

The title of this blog might sound very familiar, which makes perfect sense because Higher ED published a blog with basically the same title back More...

Please Mind The (Skills) Gap

The Emerging Workforce Study from Spherion Reveals Workers Feel Insecure About Their Job Skills, Career Advancement ATLANTA, July 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — For years, employers More...

Public sector ‘crowding out’ private job growth, hampering employment opportunities in Canada

OTTAWA – It may seem counterintuitive in an era of government fiscal restraint, but growth in Canada’s public sector is still outpacing private hiring. That More...

Oilsands sector remains strong despite political, economic doom and gloom, report says

Sentiment among oilsands companies has soured over the past year as economic, political and environmental issues have aligned to cripple the Alberta oilpatch, but there More...

Government stumped as report shows aboriginal wage gap widening, unemployment growing

The federal government touted a number of initiatives Wednesday for improving First Nations’ well-being but could not explain why a new report showed the prosperity More...

Rutgers study: Millions of Americans with part-time jobs want full-time work, can’t find it

Roughly a quarter of the more than 26 million people working part-time in the United States want a full-time job but can’t find one, a 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...