Economic development

Posted on 14, Oct | Posted by

City street at sunsetIs more growth always better?

By Tarryn Landman

Not according to a new paper from the Brookings Institution on Remaking Economic Development. Particularly when the pursuit of growth focuses more on incentive-driven initiatives than on workers and existing local businesses.  Read the full blog post

Posted on 20, Mar | Posted by

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Resource Review: Pollinating local economies

From the first paragraph (which kicks off with a pretty scathing look at the incentives used to attract the production of House of Cards to Maryland), Michael H. Shuman’s punchy new book The Local Economy Solution challenges ideas about the form and function of economic development in the United States.

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Posted on 20, Mar | Posted by

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How climate change could hamper global productivity

An article in the scientific journal Nature observes that there is a “Goldilocks” global average temperature of 13 degrees Celsius in which economic productivity is most efficient, but finds that productivity will decline by 23% by 2100 because of increases in the global average temperature.

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Posted on 20, Mar | Posted by

The first ever (3)

The first ever global map of cultural

and creative industries

Compared to more traditional industries, Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) are often only partially described and generally misunderstood or undervalued, creating challenges in understanding their economic weight in both mature and emerging economies.

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Posted on 17, Mar | Posted by

 A house in the suburbs

Changing binary views of suburbia

Suburbs have often been studied in isolation from their urban neighbours. A new book titled Suburban Urbanites: Suburbs and the Life of the High Street, however, questions conventional views of suburbs by challenging our binary understanding of urban vs. suburban spaces.

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Posted on 15, Mar | Posted by

Two people in a library smiling at each other.

Is income inequality making us unhappy?

For almost half a century, the Easterlin Paradox (that economic growth makes nations happier, but only up to a certain income) has been an important concept in happiness economics. So too, is the concept that non-economic factors have a direct effect on the happiness of nations. While the United States (US) has one of the highest GDPs per capita, for example, several countries appear to be happier. Other advanced economies like the United Kingdom and Sweden have continued to become happier as they grow richer, but the US bottoms out on happiness.

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Posted on 6, Feb | Posted by

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Connecting the Urban-Curious

By Tarryn Landman

Economic developers and urban planners are well aware of how important collaboration and strong networks are for growing local economies. While conferences and professional development opportunities can build these connections for urban planners and economic developers, there isn’t much available for urbanists in other sectors or fields who aren’t engaged in formal structures. Which is where Claire Nelson stepped in.

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Posted on 20, Jan | Posted by

Creating opportunity for all (1)

By Tarryn Landman

Income inequality and inclusive economic growth are driving economic development discussions around the world. Related challenges like stagnating wages and economic mobility are concerns for business leaders and policymakers alike. A number of recent studies have tackled these issues. TINAN 72 covered Remaking Economic Development, a Brookings Institution paper that argues for a vision of regional economic growth that improves living standards for all. This issue looks at Opportunity for All: Strategies for Inclusive Economic Development from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

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Posted on 18, Sep | Posted by

 Millier Dickinson Blais rebrands as
MDB Insight

(TORONTO, ON – September 18, 2015) Millier Dickinson Blais is pleased to announce the launch of a new name, MDB Insight, and new logo to reflect expansion in its practice areas. MDB Insight is a management consulting firm focused on equipping communities for success in the 21st century economy. Read the full news release

Posted on 16, Sep | Posted by

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Introducing MDB Insight

It’s an exciting day for our team!

After eight years as Millier Dickinson Blais, we’re celebrating the launch of a name and a new logo. Going forward, we’ll be MDB Insight. You’ve always known us as MDB, so we’ve taken the plunge and made it official. We’ll still be the same great team (with shorter email addresses!) working to create positive impacts for our clients and our communities. Read the full blog post

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