5 on Friday: Amazon’s HQ2

By Aileen MurrayBlog

  June 22, 2018 Economic developers are well aware that Amazon issued a Request for Proposals for a new corporate headquarters which will create 50,000 new jobs and include a $5 billion investment in construction. The RFP called for communities with a population of over 1 million, business-friendly environment, close to international airport, major highways, … Read More

5 on Friday: The Hunt for Talent

By Aileen MurrayBlog

  May 18, 2018 Businesses across the country are scrambling to attract the skilled workers they need to support their growth plans. This week we’re looking at five approaches to the hunt for talent.   5 on Friday -Aileen Murray on Vimeo.     5 approaches to talent attraction Talent acquisition: Enter the cognitive recruiter … Read More

5 on Friday: Canada’s Aging Population

By Aileen MurrayBlog

May 11, 2018 Today we’re going to look at the work underway to understand and address the implications of an aging population. By 2050, 31 per cent — nearly a third of all Canadians — will be 60 or older. Here are five takes on the economics of Canada’s aging population.         … Read More

5 on Friday: Post secondary institutions

By Aileen MurrayBlog

April 26, 2018 This week I want to look at the role of post -secondary institutions as a driver of local economic development activity. Increasingly post -secondary institutions are developing programs that upon and reflect the unique assets and strengths of the local community. They are also increasingly exploring ways to contribute to the economic … Read More

5 on Friday: Millennials

By Aileen MurrayBlog

April 20, 2018 This week’s post looks at the role of millennials in the economy and workforce development. Millennials were born between 1980 and 2000. They are entering their prime employment years just as baby boomers are starting to retire out of the workforce. We’re hearing more and more reports of businesses having challenges in … Read More

5 on Friday: Cannabis

By Aileen MurrayBlog

April 13, 2018 This week’s post looks at the economic development opportunities surrounding the legalization of cannabis in Canada later this year. From retail sales, cultivation, education and research, here are five takes on the economic potential of cannabis.   5 on Friday -Aileen Murray on Vimeo.   5 articles on the economic opportunities in … Read More

5 on Friday: Economic development in alleys

By Aileen MurrayBlog

April 6, 2018 Alleys are often an underutilized asset in downtowns. Investing in alleys contributes to the quality of public space, increased walkability, health and image of the city, a safer environment for people, opportunities for pop up shops and micro businesses and a canvas for public art. Here’s five resources on economic development and … Read More

5 on Friday: Economic development goes to the movies

By Aileen MurrayBlog

March 30, 2018 Economic development can have all the intrigue and plot twists of a major movie and this week I thought I’d share five examples of economic development in the movies. These movies highlight the ridiculous, the serious and the very funny aspects of working to support the economy and the large scale and … Read More

5 on Friday: Experiential Tourism

By Aileen MurrayBlog

March 23, 2018 I’ve just returned from the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation Annual Conference this week and one of the highlights of the conference were two presentations by Celes Davar. He defines experiential tourism as “creating experiences that engage visitors in a series of memorable activities, revealed over a period of time,that are inherently  personal, engage the senses, … Read More

5 on Friday: Rail Revitalization

By Aileen MurrayBlog

March 9, 2018 This week’s post looks at 5 case studies on rail revitalization. From elevated parks and trails to meeting venues, communities across North America are finding innovative ways to recognize their rail heritage and adapt these assets to continue to contribute to the local economy and quality of life. 5 on Friday -Aileen … Read More