Monthly Archives: June 2012

Where you start has a lot to do with where you end up: More thoughts on nat gas

Reading a letter to the editor in the TJ reminded me of that old adage that where you end up has a lot to do with where you start. Two or three years ago, most people didn’t even know that … Continue reading

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Thinking about immigration – A slide show

I whipped up this presentation last night.  It contains a few stats and comments about immigration and New Brunswick. Download a PDF version here.

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Tiptoeing around urban-rural land mines

I tend to get quite a few emails whenever I talk about the urban-rural thing  in Atlantic Canada as I did in my Economy Lab piece yesterday. One economist wanted to point out Statistics Canada’s definition of urban and rural. … Continue reading

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Why is Costco busy at 11:00 am on a weekday?

I ran into someone at a supermarket recently and he said “You study this stuff. How can this place be so busy at 11 am on a Friday morning?  How come people aren’t at work?” It’s actually pretty simple. Depending … Continue reading

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Working on the highway, laying down the blacktop

One of my all time favourite albums was Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”.  I listened to it non-stop one summer every day as I worked flipping burgers in Alberta as a newly minted MBA. Workin’ on the Highway was a … Continue reading

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The sometime paradox of local firms and economic development

I had a long, winding conversation this week with someone on the topic of why some local firms seem hostile to economic development efforts.  From Salesforce.com to Molson Breweries to UPS and dozens more – when there are efforts to … Continue reading

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May the Salesforce (dot com) be with you

When Radian6 was acquired last year, a number of folks in government and in economic development fretted that Salesforce.com would end up shutting the NB operations down and moving what was left to its head office in the United States. … Continue reading

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Engineering innovation

In the innovation for economic development course I completed a couple of weeks ago, one of the professors said that Cabinets with a large concentration of engineers tend to do a better job of developing innovation agendas.  He cited Singapore … Continue reading

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All of the above strategy for jobs growth

I like the BC Jobs Plan because it recognizes the importance of ‘jobs’ first and foremost and also it gets specific about where those jobs are likely to be created.  I have said for a while that we need to … Continue reading

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New Brunswick’s changing employment picture: Four year snapshot

The month over month labour force survey is helpful in showing recent trends in the employment situation but a slightly longer term view is a more accurate representation of how things are changing. The following charts show the change in … Continue reading

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