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The Higher ED Blog: Nine ways economic developers can use social media

Social media is not a fad. In Canada, 69 per cent of the population visited at least one social networking site in 2013 and social More...

Higher ED Blog: What’s cooking in the world of food incubation

Food startups face notoriously high failure rates and numerous barriers to entry as they seek to become established in the industry. Entry into the food More...

The Higher ED Blog: How one lower-tier municipality made its housing market more affordable

Langford, BC, spent many years as a bedroom community of Victoria but recently, the city of 29,228 has begun to break out on its own. More...

The Higher ED Blog: Incubators generate results but still might not be worth the investment

How do you attract and retain the startup or early stage business that is poised for rapid growth, innovation, and job creation? This is a More...

The Higher ED Blog: Everyone is rushing to love entrepreneurs… and this means what in rural municipalities?

Newsflash: the global economy is changing. This is not particularly new news for anyone. We have all been watching as traditional driving economic sectors restructure More...

The Higher ED Blog: Five documentaries on Netflix economic developers should watch over the holidays

Chances are no matter what kind of holiday you celebrate (or don’t), you’ll have all or part of the next week off work. Lots of More...

The Higher ED Blog: 3D Printing and other technologies farmers should get excited about

Recently I attended the University of Waterloo’s advanced economic development course (Year 3) in Kitchener.  It was held at the Communitech Hub,  a former hide More...

The Higher ED Blog: Four lessons to consider when engaging in regional collaboration

Over the past few decades—with increasing prevalence—, many governments and non-government stakeholders have been calling for greater collaboration in regional economic development. There is an More...

The Higher ED Blog: The one surprising thing you should do to make sure your youth come back

Don’t kid yourself, your community will never retain 100 per cent of its youth (and it shouldn’t try to anyway). The process of youth outmigration More...

The Higher ED Blog: Are local food opportunities really on the economic developer’s agenda?

Wandering through your local grocery store, it’s impossible to ignore the rising interest in local food. Due to recent food safety crises and increasing awareness More...

The Higher ED Blog: How to brand a community without public consensus

Consensus is for cowards. That’s a bold statement; let’s unpack it before moving on. We refer to ‘the public’ as a single entity but everyone More...

Presenting “Higher ED: Insights for the Next Economy”, a re-branded blog series from the University of Waterloo

Almost exactly a year ago, the Local Economic Development master’s program at the University of Waterloo launched a blog series designed to share insights from our More...