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Welcome - Issue 14

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Getting your community noticed: Do your homework

By Clark Hoskin

At this year’s annual conference organized by the Economic Developers’ Council of Ontario (EDCO), Norfolk County was asked to speak on a panel of communities about getting noticed in a crowded marketplace by highlighting our unique qualities. Rather than delve into the detailed tactics used by Norfolk County to garner attention, it is important to ponder some basic lessons learned over the course of ten years. At the EDCO presentation, three tips were presented. The focus of this article is the first tip: Do your homework.

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Creative Vitality in Detroit: The Detroit Cultural Asset Mapping Project

By Greg Baeker

Few cities in the world symbolize the challenges confronting cities due to economic restructuring and associated issues of social and economic stratification and urban decline as Detroit. Between 2000 and 2010, the city’s population fell by 25 percent, the largest drop of any city over 100,000 in the United States. At the height of the recent recession, Detroit’s level of unemployment was 10.2 percent.

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The Higher ED Blog: How do universities create economic impact?

By Sarah Franklin

If you live or work in a mid-sized city in Canada, chances are that it has a university. When cities and regions look to promote, market and brand themselves for tourism or economic development, their universities always make the list as a key asset to the city’s identity. This is not surprising. Sometimes it is due to the long-standing historical ties between a university and the city, typical town-gown relations; more likely, cities are appreciative of the annual influx of thousands of students to their respective regions. In other cases, universities are seen to generate innovation, research and new knowledge. But how well do we retain this talent and innovation?

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Incense Rising – Taichung and the World’s Top7 Intelligent Communities

By Lou Zacharilla

Taichung City, Taiwan 24 January 2014 – Passion is so much a part of motivation.  So is pride.  A genuine sense of both filled the massive ballroom in the Millennium Hotel in Taichung on the evening of January 23 as I named two new entrants from Taiwan (Hsinchu City & New Taipei City) to the ranks of the world’s Top7 Intelligent Communities.

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Review: Place, Community and Continuity

By Greg Baeker

Canadian municipalities are increasingly embracing cultural mapping, a systematic approach to building information on a community’s cultural resources, as an essential planning and economic development tool. A recent book published in Malaysia signals just how widely these ideas are spreading. Cultural Mapping: A Guide to Understanding Place, Community and Continuity by Janet Pillai makes a major contribution to advancing the field. Millier Dickinson Blais’ Greg Baeker wrote the Preface to the book. The book pushes the mapping of both tangible and intangible (e.g., stories, traditions, or beliefs) cultural resources to integrated planning systems addressing social, economic and environmental decision-making.

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