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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...

The Higher ED Blog: Immigrant attraction to small and rural centres

Most people have heard by now that Canada will be receiving 25,000 Syrian refugees over the coming months. About half are privately sponsored and will More...

The Higher ED Blog: Best practices in rural economic development delivery

It was clear during this fall’s federal election campaign that jobs, small business, and the economy are hot topics in Canada right now. While Ottawa More...

The Higher ED Blog: Barriers to household and business sustainability practices

With the United Nations Conference on Climate Change fast-approaching, we noted that we would dedicate some of our time here at Higher Ed exploring issues More...

The Higher ED Blog: What’s new in economic development research (fall 2015 edition, Part II)

Continuing from last week’s Higher ED Blog, this week we summarize interesting articles from the latest issues of Economic Development Quarterly and Regional Studies. These More...

The Higher ED Blog: What’s new in economic development research (fall 2015 edition, Part I)

Another season, another economic development research roundup. As I pored through the latest issues of Economic Development Quarterly, Regional Studies, and Journal of Rural Studies, More...

The Higher ED Blog: From brownfields to green energy? Converting Ontario’s decommissioned coal plants to renewable energy generators

With the upcoming United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris, debates about how to achieve a sustainable future are front and centre. While much More...

The Higher ED Blog: Real Economic Development Horror Stories

  We all make mistakes at work. Often, those mistakes are small and relatively inconsequential; other times, they cost millions of dollars or result in More...