Posted on 1, Sep | Posted by

Drone flying in the sky.

How do businesses learn?

By Tarryn Landman

“How do companies create new products and services?” A new report from the Brookings Institution explores this question and reveals some useful answers for economic developers and city policy makers. Read the full blog post

Posted on 2, Apr | Posted by

TINAN 61 (March 2015)


  • Is your community age-friendly?
  • Are you ready for the Metropolitan Century?
  • Is education the key to closing the skills gap and sparking economic development?
  • Client Corner: Conception Bay South establishes a new BIA
  • Resource Review: Picking winners and losers in the entrepreneurial state

Posted on 27, Aug | Posted by

TINAN Number 57 (August 2014)

In TINAN Number 57

  • Will robots really take our jobs?
  • The changing geography of innovation
  • Finding the hidden value in vacant spaces
  • How microloans are evolving in the U.S.
  • Company Corner: Ken Scholtens joins MDB Insight
  • Resource Review: Enterprise City

Posted on 8, Dec | Posted by

Are the creative industries as innovative as we think?

Views on creativity have changed over the years, with concepts like the creative class and creative workers becoming significant areas of focus for the economic development field. Municipalities across North America now compete with one another to attract creative industries to generate innovation and economic growth. A recent working paper(and upcoming report) from the United Kingdom, however, may have municipalities rethinking their strategies around creative industries. Read the full blog post

Posted on 21, Aug | Posted by

TINAN Number 47 (August 2013)

In TINAN Number 47:

  • Entrepreneurship for community renewal
  • What makes a globally fluent city?
  • The world’s most innovative country is…
  • Welcome to Canada, Kickstarter
  • Company Corner: Dr. Greg Baeker appointed to professional advisory board for Ryerson University’s new School of Creative Industries
  • Resource Review: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Posted on 22, Mar | Posted by

TINAN Number 44 (March 2013)

In TINAN Number 44:

  • Assessing sustainable economic development
  • Can we have high density and liveability?
  • Remaking American manufacturing
  • Mitigating the cost of youth unemployment
  • Company Corner: Edinburgh – Toronto Summit: Business innovation in the creative industries
  • Resource Review: Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosysytem in your City

Posted on 22, Dec | Posted by

TINAN Number 42 (December 2012)

In TINAN Number 42:

  • The Christmas Price Index
  • The future of global manufacturing
  • 2012 Canadian American Cities Online Marketing Index
  • Crowdfunding Solutions to our Biggest Issues
  • Welcome Generation Z to the workplace!
  • Company Corner: Happy New Year!
  • Client Corner: Russian cultural delegation tours Ontario with MDB Insight
  • Resource Review: Gift Giving

Posted on 22, Nov | Posted by

TINAN Number 41 (November 2012)

In TINAN Number 41:

  • Passionate about economic development? is for you.
  • Leading indicators of national performance
  • Creative placemaking
  • Creative entrepreneurship and economic growth
  • Workplace culture and passion capital
  • Client Corner: Gananoque being proactive with job creation
  • Resource Review: Focusing on What Matters

Posted on 12, Nov | Posted by

From red flags to green (Part 2): how to see into the invisible economy

Last month, I had the chance to speak at the annual conference of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in Houston, Texas, with a focus on the question of how and why Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) is evolving to be more effective in the new economy.

I’ve had a lot of requests for transcripts and copies of the speech but I generally don’t speak from notes, so I promised I’d provide an overview of my thoughts on this blog. Here’s the second of three blog posts that will cover off the main ideas and themes of that presentation. Read the full blog post

Posted on 8, Nov | Posted by

What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation by Gary Hamel

Focusing on What Matters

Gary Hamel is a management consultant, professor and writer who’s been called the #1 most influential business thinker by the Wall Street Journal. Back in the 1990s, he was the co-creator of the idea of “core competencies”, an idea which describes the key factors that allow businesses (or communities in economic development) to differentiate themselves from each other.  His latest book is What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation.

Put simply, What Matters Now is a book that matters for economic developers… Sure, like a lot of recent books, it describes the radically altered landscape of a post-recession economy.  Its overall structure is pretty straightforward – what matters, according to Hamel, is driven by equal parts innovation, values, ideology, passion and adaptability, a convenient five-point model that lends itself to five key chapters.  But what really makes What Matters Now – well – matter to economic developers, is a key element of his discussion on innovation.  Everyone, of course, talks about innovation these days – how we should embrace it, how we should found companies that espouse it, how we should support companies that use it…but no one provides the practical nuts and bolts advice on how to identify these innovative companies.  And if you’re running a BR+E program, or targeting companies for investment attraction efforts, that absence of advice can be keenly felt.

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