Monthly Archives: February 2011

‘Industrialization of our rural landscape”

Here’s a really good article in National Geographic about the efforts to develop the shale gas industry in New Brunswick.   It focuses on the partnership between the Southwest Energy and their leading edge environmental efforts in New Brunswick. The … Continue reading

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ADHD is a predictor of entrepreneurship?

There’s a guy who writes a blog where he summarizes every day all the latest research into a wide variety of economic and social issues.    I have it as one of my tabs when I open Google Chrome every … Continue reading

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Economic impact versus economic footprint

Every once in a while I find myself explaining what is a fundamental concept in economic development but one that is so hard to grasp for a lot of folks – many of whom are in positions of influence.  There … Continue reading

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Learning from Glasgow

Probably the most common question I get is “why would company or industry x want to ever locate in New Brunswick”?  People intuitively understand investing here in forestry or mining or some other natural resource but they can’t get their … Continue reading

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Poverty vs. Inequality

I am not particularly comfortable musing about broader concepts for which I have little expertise but I think they do inform the broader conversation about long term economic development so I will soldier on. I listened this morning to an … Continue reading

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The experience economy

Someone asked me to comment on David Brook’s column on the experience economy yesterday.   I know some of you are not fans but I find his stuff thought provoking. The column makes the case that Americans for the past … Continue reading

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Confusing urbanization and NB’s northern challenge

Most people, even smart folks, put down what is happening in Northern New Brunswick to a kind of natural urbanization – a migration to the big cities where the work is.  They look at Brazil or Kenya and think that … Continue reading

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Engaging the private sector

As you know I have been writing and talking more lately about the need for a new partnership with industry when it comes to economic development. I have written about the challenges associated with this in the past but I … Continue reading

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Jobs, jobs, jobs still matters in NB

My column today is on the importance of job creation in New Brunswick.  I mention the slow decline of the call centre industry in the province since about 2005 and I speculate that this decline will continue albeit at a … Continue reading

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I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll sell for $315 million

You know capitalism must be working when a media outlet set up to complain day and night about the evils of capitalism is able to turn a $1 million investment into a $315 million sale – a profit that would … Continue reading

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