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The Higher ED Blog: How to Thrive as a Shrinking City

Depopulation, de-industrialization, and decline are words an economic developer never wants to see describe their community.  When they do, questions are always asked, fingers pointed, More...

The Higher ED Blog: 4 Ways Economic Developers Are the Key to Solving Global Issues

Climate change. Gender equality. Food security. War. Labour unrest. Healthcare access. It seems like the world is only getting worse. When you turn on the More...

The Higher ED Blog: Public Art and the Importance of Public Consultation

Have you ever walked by a piece of public art – often worth hundreds of thousands of dollars – without even noticing it? Probably. According More...

The Higher ED Blog: Encouraging Employer-Supported Volunteering in your Community’s Businesses

This article is the third in our Volunteers: The Extra-Economic Developers series, which explores the beneficial ways that economic development and volunteerism can intersect. This More...

The Higher ED Blog: Community Futures Program built on passionate volunteers

This article is the second in our Volunteers: The Extra-Economic Developers series, which explores the beneficial ways that economic development and volunteerism can intersect. This is in More...

The Higher ED Blog: 5 Ways Volunteers Make your Job Easier

This article is the first in our Volunteers: The Extra-Economic Developers series, which explores the beneficial ways that economic development and volunteerism can intersect. This More...

The Higher ED Blog: Hitting the Road with Community Futures Oxford

Last Monday, University of Waterloo students in the Masters of Economic Development and Innovation (MEDI) program, accompanied by Professors Heather Hall and Tara Vinodrai, were More...

The Higher ED Blog: Succession Planning in 5 Easy Steps for Canada’s Farming Industry

Succession planning is a hot topic in rural economic development, and a growing concern for its communities. Canada’s farming sector in particular will face unique More...

The Higher ED Blog: Place branding and place marketing in Ontario’s upper-tier municipalities

It is not strange for anyone to hear that today’s competition among places to attract resources (talent, businesses, visitors) is continuously rising due to globalization More...

The Higher ED Blog: The art of seducing creative talent

Talent attraction has become a common objective of cities around the globe. The presence of artists, as well as arts and culture offerings in a More...

The Higher ED Blog: Is the ‘Trump Bump’ a blip or a tsumani of talent on the move?

That’s President Donald Trump now, and he’s wasting no time. On January 20th, the controversial businessman and reality star was inaugurated as the 45th President More...

The Higher ED Blog: How to Optimize Your Economic Development Website to Attract Investors

You’re aiming to attract Canadian and foreign investors. You know that your economic development services can help them solve their problems—but do they know about More...