Monthly Archives: May 2010

Interdependence

Sometimes my blogs here get a little esoteric but bear with me. I just finished a wide ranging review of the NB economy over ten years.  I can’t share the data here – or my client might not cut me … Continue reading

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A few thoughts for the Tories

I think David Alward’s idea to legislatively reign in spending increases is a good one particularly since spending growth under the Tory government he was a part of grew by almost three times the rate of inflation.    Government outspending the … Continue reading

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What ever happened to GIS?

This ties into my TJ column today about research. When I came back to New Brunswick in 1991, the province was already becoming known for its geomatics and GIS expertise from the excellent work at UNB.   So the question is … Continue reading

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Nobel prize in economic development

Someone sent me an email asking for practical ways that New Brunswick could become the Davos of economic development.  I’m not the most creative guy around but why not pull from other examples? How about finding some CEO or whomever … Continue reading

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The Davos of economic development

There is an interesting story in the Financial Post about a summit held in Fredericton recently on the topic of entrepreneurship.  The title of the piece is “Can New Brunswick become the Davos of entrepreneurship?”. We have discussed the topic … Continue reading

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A kind of moral hazard

KPMG is out with their tax competitiveness model (building on their operating cost model from earlier this year).   You will find that Moncton and Fredericton are the lowest cost jurisdictions in the word (among the jurisdictions compared) for several industries … Continue reading

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It’s the Economy, Stupid and elections

My third post this morning – a little  overkill but I had promised to write this one for someone who asked. Because we are heading into an election in the fall, I was asked if I endorse specific parties or … Continue reading

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Academic economic development: redux

I just wanted to follow up quickly on a few comments I received about my column yesterday. There does seem to be a pile of academic research in the area of community economic development but I make a big distinction … Continue reading

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There is nothing new under the sun

I have blogged several times over the years about the Lord government’s “report card to New Brunswickers” that I received in my mailbox one day.  It was a masterpiece of statistical spin for political purposes – unrivalled in my opinion until … Continue reading

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Own the economic development podium

Someone sent me this very interesting article about Own the Podium and its implications for wider public policy. At its core, OTP had a “mandate to identify and develop those athletes with the most potential to succeed in the games.”    … Continue reading

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