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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...

The Higher ED Blog: From Cars to Creativity – The Changing Dynamics of the Rural Economy in Essex County, Ontario

The creative economy has become a widespread term in the theory and practice of economic development. When I started to conceptualize my graduate Major Research More...

The Higher ED Blog: Building a framework for best practices in regional workforce development systems

Workforce development has arguably been an underutilized lens for regional economic development research and strategy. This persists despite the broad and obvious contribution workforce development More...

The Higher ED Blog: What are your trails worth?

Trails are great community resources: they encourage interaction, increase physical activity levels, and provide a venue for everyday and special event recreation. They also connect More...

How to Make Community Engagement Work in Your Community

Community engagement is widely accepted as critical for the success of economic development initiatives. Yet, there are often substantial obstacles and barriers to achieving success. More...

The Higher ED Blog: Anatomy of business incubation in Canada

How do we help entrepreneurs start new businesses? And how do we improve the chances that these start-up firms will survive? Business incubation has been More...

The Higher ED Blog: What’s new in economic development research

The goal of the Higher ED Blog is to put cutting-edge economic development research into the hands of practitioners. We typically do that by giving More...

The Higher ED Blog: Does your city have what it takes to be an inland port? The key ingredients to success for logistics hubs

The rise of airports and freeway interchanges as cargo shipping points, and availability of inexpensive land in their vicinities, has drawn logistics services away from More...

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...