Monthly Archives: May 2009

Getting beyond the zero sum game

I have been talking to a lot of people lately about a project I am working on and there seems to be a consistent theme.  Just about everyone views economic development as a type of zero-sum game where in order … Continue reading

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Purgatory for Mulroney

It’s not related to economic development – or is it?  I guess the Airbus affair was an economic development file – Mulroney says the secret bank account named ‘Breton’ was because the project was slated for Cape Breton. Anyway I … Continue reading

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Big box economic development

You know I am not a big fan of retail as an economic development driver.  I think it is a necessary sector but you can’t replace a pulp mill with a retail store.  That is why this quote caught my … Continue reading

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No ‘Metro Fredericton’ for a while yet

I remember posting on this a while back.  I said that becoming a CMA is based on a technical formula and has nothing to do with lobbying or ‘proposals’.  At the time, I remember being criticized about this but it … Continue reading

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Syncopation: Revisited

This is a common theme of my blog so regulars beware:  Well worn ground ahead. I am talking, of course, about the fact that government officials in New Brunswick (elected and staff) are pathologically incapable of expressing consternation or disappointment … Continue reading

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Savoie on BNB

In case you didn’t read the TJ today, here is Donald Savoie’s commentary recommending that now is a good time for Business New Brunswick to do some navel gazing.   Savoie isn’t particularly delicate in his commentary but I think BNB … Continue reading

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Stockholm wins intelligent community award

I see that Stockholm beat out Freddy and Moncton for the intelligent communities award. I think the most important learning for cities looking to win this award is simple.  It’s not about how intelligent a community is right now.  It’s … Continue reading

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Wither BNB?

Commenting on this issue is a complex one for me.  I am talking about the retirement of the Deputy Minister of Business New Brunswick, Brian Dick.    There are two reasons why I can’t have a candid conversation abou this. The number … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the road 2: Washington

I walked by a store today called “Next Day Blinds”.  I was so curious I went in and sure enough it is a chain of retail stories that offers only next day blinds. In some ways that is the essence … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the road (3): Washington

I hope the NB government markets the heck out of this.  It is a very flattering editorial on New Brunswick and its recent round of tax cuts.  The writer ends his piece with this conclusion: You may recall that, a … Continue reading

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