5 on Friday: Tourism & Instagram

By Aileen MurrayBlog

January 19, 2018   This week we’re looking at tourism and Instagram. The social networking app Instagram is only 6 years old. In that short time it has brought together 500 million active users sharing an average of 80 million photos a day. Instagram has proved to have significant role in tourism marketing. It can be … Read More

Coworking spaces

By Aileen MurrayBlog

January 12, 2018   This week I wanted to share examples of coworking spaces across Canada. Coworking spaces are shared workplaces for independent businesses who want little to no commitment with the benefits of professional office space and a network of common values. Coworking space serves a new and growing workforce of people who work where, … Read More

5 on Friday: Lessons from Halifax

By Aileen MurrayBlog

December 15, 2017   On this cold and snowy day, I’m sharing a post from the middle of summer on 5 lessons in economic development from Halifax. I had just returned from a short trip to Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia. While I was there I saw a number of notable economic development initiatives and trends … Read More

5 on Friday: Inspiring Business Leaders

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  December 8, 2017   This week I’m sharing links to 5 business leaders that I follow to motivate and inspire my work. . 5 on Friday -Aileen Murray on Vimeo. 5  Inspiring Business Leaders Daniel Pink Dan combines his knowledge of social science and business to provide insights in employee and customer motivation. His books include … Read More

5 on Friday: Infrastructure and Economic Development

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  December 1, 2017   This week we’re taking a look at 5 resources on infrastructure and economic development; how infrastructure investment supports economic development, why it is critically important and investment in some key infrastructure projects . 5 on Friday -Aileen Murray on Vimeo. 5  Resources on Economic Development and Infrastructure 3 Ways Infrastructure Drives … Read More

5 on Friday: Addressing population decline

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  November 24, 2017   Population decline is not just an issue for communities in rural Ontario. There are communities around the globe that are addressing declining population numbers and the impact these declining number are having on their communities. This week’s 5 on Friday looks at 5 responses to population decline. . 5 on Friday … Read More

5 on Friday: Culinary Tourism

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  November 17, 2017   Earlier this week the Hon. Bardish Chagger, Canada’s Minister of Small Business and Tourism, announced Canada is embarking on a National Culinary Tourism Strategy. Culinary tourism is a large contributor to our economy. International travellers spend $3.56 billion  in food and beverages. Canada’s food service industry generates $75 million annually and … Read More

5 on Friday: Climate Change

By Aileen MurrayBlog

  November 10, 2017   Part of an economic developer’s role is to understand how global changes could impact the local economy and so this week we’re going to look at climate change and the economic impacts. The David Suzuki Foundation says “climate change occurs when long-term weather patterns are altered — for example, through human … Read More

5 on Friday: Downtown Challenges

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  November 3, 2017   Beyond the typical downtown development programs and activities, some downtowns have specific barriers and needs. Today we’re looking at 5 resources for downtowns with special challenges. . 5 on Friday -Aileen Murray on Vimeo. 5  Resources for Downtown Challenges When a highway runs through it – This report from the State … Read More

5 on Friday: Talent attraction resources

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  October 27, 2017   At the recent IEDC Conference, one of the speakers at the Site Selector Forum described talent attraction as “mission critical” for economic developers. Human capital is one the most important determinants of a community’s innovation, competitiveness and economic growth. . 5 on Friday -Aileen Murray on Vimeo. 5 Talent Attraction Resources … Read More