Quality of Place

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

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

What on earth is a Creative Rural Economy?

Dan explains the Creative Rural Economy at a Creative Minds event in Milford, Prince Edward County – Summer 2010.

I Live in a Beautiful Community!

  Live in a Beautiful Community! Quality of Place – you can define it however you like. What I can tell you is this shot of one of my favourite trees in Prince Edward County makes me feel so lucky … Read More

A Sign of a Creative Rural Economy

A Sign of a Creative Rural Economy I was walking down main street Picton last week when I saw this sign. The funny thing is somebody had just told me that the church was having ‘wine tastings’ on Sundays. It … Read More

Bohemian Serves Barack Obama

Bohemian Serves Barack Obama… or How Our Creative Rural Economy Was Discovered by the Bohemians 25 or so years ago Bill Reddick discovered Prince Edward County. Back them you could find a fixer upper for $20,000, which he did, turned … Read More

The Creative Economy Live and in Action!

I loved Steven’s Talk! The Creative Economy Live and in Action! Steven Draper – Ex Pilot and Accidental Prince Edward County Resident and Creative Entrepreneur!   What do you think?

Enjoy our spirits on the “Kentucky Bourbon Trail”

A wonderful guest blog from Kim Huston, Author Small Town Sexy and the Economic Development Department Director for Bardstown, Kentucky – kimhuston@nceda.net I am a true believer of trails in marketing destinations. We have several in my area of Kentucky.  … Read More

BBQ in the winter
image by Stuart Miles

Prince Edward County is a fairly cold, quiet and lonely place in the winter. Recently my wife (marketing consultant) and I (Creative Economy Economic Developer) attended the first of many to come dinner club party’s. Our newly formed dinner club is a great crowd of creative class folks. Our hosts Mark (artisan) & Mary Jane (talent agent), their friend Kent, an artist from Toronto, Fred (a French winemaker) and his lady Jennifer ( a handmade soap entrepreneur), Lino and Manuel (Toronto creative class expats and “Accidental” artisan farmers) got off to a great start. Our friend Michael (chef) was not feeling well and didn’t make it

To beat the winter blues a BBQ summer theme was conveyed.

They have a modest but tuscan feeling homestead with a fabulous brick and timber kitchen. To kick the evening off we enjoyed mahi mahi fish tacos, charcuterie, red wine and olives as an appetizer around the country kitchen island. Dinner progressed to the farm table dinning room and featured a basil and fava bean salad, bbq ribs and chicken (cooked outside in -20 degree weather) and a quasi cassoulet bean mash. My wife finished the dinner service off with a no-dairy tofu inspired key lime pie that was a winner. There was great conversation to be had throughout the evening.

The key creative moment for me though was post dinner. This is a 30 something and 40ish crowd and they still like to party and dance. Not too many dance clubs in Picton, none:-(  really so Kent via our hosts’ mac and napster music subscription service spontaneously and on the fly put together an 80’s DJ inspired music list, then broadcast it to the impressive full sounding wireless speakers and voila the kitchen was turned into a post dinner dance club.

I was really impressed with the spontaneity of it all and innovation of turning the kitchen into a dance club in the absence of dance options in our charming but dance option lacking Creative Rural Economy.

Stay tuned for my next dance report on Prom Night

Geography Matters in a Creative Economy

I recently finished working with a terrific team on a 3 Region Creative Economy Analysis and Action Plan for most of Southern Ontario, minus Metro Toronto. The 3 regions included Eastern Ontario:Canada’s Creative Corridor, Durham Region:Creativity on the City’s Edge … Read More