Economic Development

Magic in Mushrooms…Finding Hidden Value

Here is my latest column from The Times, where I examine entrepreneurship in rural Prince Edward County, Ontario. While the column is about people and “place”, I believe many of the stories I write about can happen in most rural communities … Read More

Tourism: A Foundation for “Place” Building

I was recently asked to submit a proposal for a talk at an economic development conference. The submission got me thinking that the topic would make a good blog post. The idea is to think of  tourism as economic development. … Read More

Shipping To Improve The Bottom Line

Here is my latest column from The Times, where I examine entrepreneurship in rural Prince Edward County, Ontario. While the column is about people and “place”, I believe many of the stories I write about can happen in many rural communities … Read More

Every 5 Minutes Things Can Change

Imagine that every 5 minutes things can change. You don’t have to imagine this because it’s true. I’m sure you’ve experienced this many times in your life. Like when you met your significant other, a new baby was born, an accident … Read More

A New and Exciting Chapter

Well, I’ve decided to do it! I’m taking the plunge and focusing all my business efforts on becoming a full time entrepreneur. I just can’t seem to shake the bug, to work for myself and create my own destiny. This … Read More

Creative Economy – The Horizontal Sector

Call it “Industry Agnostic” or a “Horizontal Sector”, the chart below illustrates how Creative Occupations and the Creative Economy cuts across all sectors in Ontario. Industry Agnostic In my work in Prince Edward County and now Peterborough an insight came … Read More

Cool Q&A Session with EDO’s in Manila, Philippines

[soundcloud id=’33873060′] Brief Background This podcast was taken from a recent two week Local Economic Development LGSP-LED consulting assignment Dan undertook on behalf of The Canadian Urban Instute, CIDA funded project. Bio Dan pioneered the practice of Creative Rural Economy, … Read More

Creative Class Market Share. Are You Getting Yours?

Trenton, Ontario ‘s downtown has undergone a remarkable Quality of Place transformation over the last several years. Nice places are one of the keys to attracting Creative workers to your community. [portfolio_slideshow] Value in Numbers In my last blog I … Read More

3 Key Numbers in the Creative Economy 30-50-70

Happy New Year! I am relaunching my blog, now with a tighter focus. My new speaking, facilitation and workshop business, gives me a clear purpose to blog. I plan to share my expertise in economic development and the Creative Economy … Read More

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