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The Higher ED Blog: Newcomers are helping rural communities more than you think

Canada, as we know it today, was built on natural resources. From the early days of fish and beavers to today’s oil and gems, natural More...

The Higher ED Blog: Why our obsession with impact in international development delivers the worst results

It is the eternal question: Is money earmarked to eradicate poverty making a difference?  Two decades ago the public, disillusioned over a lack of tangible More...

The Higher ED Blog: 6 Signs That You Need To Rethink Your Social Media Strategy

Intelegia’s Isabelle Poirier will be leading three sessions at our Social Media for Economic Developers seminar, coming up on May 26 and 27. It will be More...

The Higher ED Blog: Economic development professionals are overworked and undercompensated

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has stated that the work of local economic development is “worldwide” and has proven to be effective in fostering broad-scale More...

The Higher ED Blog: Municipal amalgamation was messy, but de-amalgamation is not the answer

For the last couple weeks, news outlets have been reporting that Peel Region may be on its way to a break up. Mississauga wants to More...

The Higher ED Blog: Barriers faced by immigrant women entrepreneurs

Longer life expectancies and decreasing birth rates have left Canada’s workforce in a precarious place. Immigration is often touted as the solution, but that solution More...

The Higher ED Blog: What’s new in economic development research (spring 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: Heritage properties are better economic assets than you think

Economic development is about progress. It’s right there in the title: economic development. In a field that is forward-looking by definition, it can be difficult More...

The Higher ED Blog: Twitter versus LinkedIn, which is more effective?

The increasing popularity of the internet has made information more accessible than ever, but it has also made disseminating information more difficult than ever. How More...

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 Higher ED Blog: One community’s failed attempt to engage youth, and how it rallied

It is well known among economic developers that youth are important to a community. Like other migratory creatures, a strong presence indicates an ecosystem in More...

The Higher ED Blog: How your local library can support economic development

At last month’s Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Conference, I had the pleasure of arranging and attending a field trip to the Toronto Public More...