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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...

The Higher ED Blog: Elliot Lake’s other economic development success story

For 40 years, Elliot Lake was famous for one thing: uranium mining. After the discovery of a massive deposit of uranium ore in the early More...

The Higher ED Blog: Who are commercial counterurbanites, and what brought them to your community?

Every year, many people move from rural areas to cities, a process called urbanization. This is the common direction of migration, but there are always More...

The Higher ED Blog: Is Economic Development 9 to 5 or 24/7?

Those that work in economic development are nimble, creative, social, engaging, and multi-tasking individuals with exceptional communication and presentation skills. They’re also passionate about community More...

The Higher ED Blog: Lessons from EDCO 2016

Last week, hundreds of economic developers (and related professionals) gathered in downtown Toronto for the 59th annual Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Conference. It 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: A tale of two local economic development delivery models

Economic development is a relatively new field compared to other municipal functions like planning and engineering. As a result, economic development is still evolving in 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...

The Higher ED Blog: What are the opportunities and challenges for a green economy?

In late 2014, ahead of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21), we launched an on-going series on sustainability, economic development and the green More...

The Higher ED Blog: Best of 2015

It’s been a big year for the Higher ED Blog. We published 30 articles (not including this one) on green economy, business incubation, rural broadband, More...

The Higher ED Blog: Movies and TV shows economic developers can appreciate

Last December, the Higher ED Blog watched and vetted five serious documentaries that we declared economic developers should watch over the holidays. I promised that More...