Jon Beale

Posted on 1, Sep | Posted by


The OECD’s painfully slow job recovery

By Jon Beale

In its most recent annual employment assessment, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that job growth in member states has been “painfully slow” since the 2009 global financial crisis. More than three-quarters of the 35 OECD member states are still experiencing high levels of unemployment. Greece, France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain are faring the worst with continuing unemployment rates in the double digits. Read the full blog post

Posted on 11, Feb | Posted by

The changing shape of modern cities

By Jon Beale

Los Angeles skyline at night

The geography of cities is changing. In today’s modern city centres human talent has replaced industrial capital. Urban centres have undergone a large de-industrialization over the past half century to become hubs of innovation, networking, and ideas that attract a young, talented “creative class“. The Martin Prosperity Institute recently explored this changing urban landscape in the study The Divided City and the Shape of the New Metropolis. Read the full blog post

Posted on 26, Nov | Posted by

By Jon Beale

Food truck in Toronto.

Food trucks are one of the fastest growing sectors of the restaurant industry in the U.S. economy. Long considered the domain of hot dogs and ice cream carts, a new wave of mobile food has taken North America by storm in the form of chicken tikka masala burritos, short rib empanadas, and crème brûlèe. With sales in the U.S. of nearly $700 million in 2013 (representing 1% of sales in the U.S. restaurant industry), food trucks are projected to quadruple their economic impacts to $2.7 billion by 2017.

A recent workshop hosted by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario and the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance explored the story and impacts of food trucks in Canada. The workshop brought together economic development professionals, city planners, by-law managers (and more) from across Ontario to share their experiences with food trucks and to learn some of the best practices to help foster a food truck friendly community. Read the full blog post

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