5 on Friday – Robotics and the Workplace

By Aileen MurrayBlog

  June 23, 2017   Today’s 5 on Friday looks at 5 resources on the implication of robotics and the workforce. We’re getting mixed message on the implications of the continued adoption of automation and robotics in the workforce. Today we’re looking at the good, the bad and the ugly predictions of the implications for … Read More

5 on Friday: Communities addressing the sharing economy

By Aileen MurrayBlog

  June 16, 2017   Today’s 5 on Friday looks at resources on how communities are responding to the opportunities and challenges of the sharing economy. Companies such as Uber and Airbnb have transformed the way we are doing business. Some communities like Innisfil are finding new ways to serve their community via sharing services … Read More

5 on Friday – Vibrant Downtowns

By Aileen MurrayBlog

  June 9, 2017   Today’s 5 on Friday looks at resources for building and sustaining vibrant downtowns. Downtowns are distinct from other commercial settings. They are multi-functional, serving as a place for employment, shopping, worship, tourism, housing, government services, dining, entertainment, lodging, and cultural attractions, all within a compact area that is easily walkable. 5 … Read More

5 on Friday: The Economics of Cycling

By Aileen MurrayBlog

  June 2, 2017   Today’s 5 on Friday looks at the economics of cycling. The number of bicycle commuters has soared by 60% during the past decade. Cycling’s growing popularity is reflected in increased interest in cycling tourism and related business, investments in community bike paths and debates about street parking vs. bike lanes. 5 on Friday … Read More

5 on Friday: High Speed Rail’s Economic Potential

By Aileen MurrayBlog

  May 26, 2017   Today’s 5 on Friday looks at the economics of high speed rail.  On May 19, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the first steps in bringing High Speed Rail to the Toronto-Windsor Corridor. The routes will include stops in Windsor, Chatham, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Toronto, with a connection to Pearson International … Read More

5 on Friday: Agriculture and Economic Development

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  May 19, 2017   Today’s 5 on Friday looks at agriculture and economic development. Agriculture and agri-business is an integral part of the Canadian economy from urban to rural communities. Representing 6.6% of Canada’s GDP the agriculture and agri-food system plays a significant role in the Canadian economy. 5 on Friday -Aileen Murray on Vimeo. … Read More

5 on Friday – The Gig Economy

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  May 12, 2017   Today’s 5 on Friday features five resources for the gig economy. Also called freelancing or the sharing economy, the gig economy is a labour market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs. This dramatic shift has been compared to that of the industrial revolution. … Read More

5 on Friday – Economic Development Leaders

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  May 5, 2017   Today’s 5 on Friday features five leaders in the world of economic development. These are individuals who have fundamentally changed the way we address or consider economic development. 5 on Friday -Aileen Murray on Vimeo. Five  Economic Development Pioneers Philip Kotler  Kotler is the father of modern marketing and the author … Read More

5 on Friday – Performance Measurement

By Aileen MurrayBlog

  April 27, 2017  Today’s 5 on Friday features five links and resources for economic development performance measurement. Performance measurement for economic development is a challenging and complex issue. For today we’ll take a quick overview and we’ll revisit this topic in the future episodes with more case studies and a deeper dive into some of … Read More

5 on Friday – Rural Economic Development

By Aileen MurrayBlog

  April 21, 2017  Today’s 5 on Friday features five links and resources for rural economic development. Canada’s demographics have shifted from a predominantly rural to predominantly urban community. We’ve shifted from a resource and agriculturally based to economy to more urban centric economic activity. Rural communities have unique challenges and opportunities that need to … Read More