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The Higher ED Blog: Advice for starting a rural transit service

Elon Musk, the infamous founder of Tesla, recently released a Master Plan detailing his vision for the future of transportation. His goals include overhauling public More...

The Higher ED Blog: Agriculture offers more than just food to rural communities

I was driving to one of the farms I was studying for my major research paper (for the University of Waterloo’s Local Economic Development master’s More...

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: What’s new in economic development research (summer 2015 edition)

The title of this blog might sound very familiar, which makes perfect sense because Higher ED published a blog with basically the same title back More...

The Higher ED Blog: How Wi-Fi can boost tourism in your rural town

In cities, the internet is fast and ubiquitous. As a resident of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, I’m alarmed when a web page takes longer than a few More...

Featured Contributor: Michelle Madden

As part of our Featured Contributor series, I recently interviewed Michelle Madden to find out more about her work. Check out Michelle’s posts as well More...

The world needs a Rural Imperative

I’ve spent a lot of time in the last few years helping cities figure out the impact of new technologies and broadband in people’s lives More...