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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...

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...