5 on Friday – The Future 100

By Aileen MurrayBlog

  March 3, 2017 Wayne Gretzky famously stated that he didn’t skate to where the puck was but to where it was going to be. This week we’re looking at future trends and five themes to help businesses and economic developers determine where the puck is going. J Walter Thompson Intelligence produces The Future 100, an annual report on … Read More

5 on Friday – Buy Local Programs

By Aileen MurrayBlog

  February 24, 2017 Today we feature five links and resources for Buy Local programs.  These programs are focused on keeping local dollars in the local economy. The benefits from supporting local businesses are significant. More revenue goes back into the local economy with local businesses. Local business typically buy more goods locally further strengthening the local … Read More

5 on Friday – EDCO

By Aileen MurrayBlog

  February 17, 2017 Today we discuss five takeaways from the 2017 Economic Developers Council of Ontario Conference including the impact of the Trump Administration on the global economy, an economic development website primer, the economic impact of local food and the evolution of the economic development profession.   5 on Friday – EDCO   http:// … Read More

5 on Friday – IEDC

By Aileen MurrayBlog

  Feb, 10, 2017 Today we discuss five takeaways from the 2017 International Economic Developers Council Leadership Summit including the latest discussions on talent attraction, the gig economy, economic development program funding, technology’s impact on the global economy and a changed focus on entrepreneurship.    5 on Friday – February 10th from Aileen Murray on Vimeo.

5 on Friday – Public Engagement

By Aileen MurrayBlog

  January 27, 2017 Today we’re going to look at five different takes on public engagement from around the world.  International Association of Public Participation – Public Participation Spectrum A model to define the goals of the exercise from informing through consulting, involving, collaboration to empowering. http://iap2canada.ca/page-1020549   The Death of Planning Expertise A discussion about … Read More

Charting your career path in economic development

By Aileen MurrayBlog

I was happy to be asked to expand on my recent talk with the University of Waterloo Economic Development Program’s Year 3 Course on career paths and mentorship in economic development. My message: economic development touches a broad range of areas and allows you to build skills that can be applied in many disciplines and professions. … Read More

Reflections on EDAC 2015

By Aileen MurrayBlog

What a thrill to attend the Economic Developers Association of Canada Conference in Whitehorse, Yukon September 19 – 22. The theme ‘Be Different’ was a fitting foundation for this conference at the north west corner of our country. The program and the speakers carried through on this theme, inspiring us to think differently about our … Read More