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Posted Monday, September 02, 2013

University of WaterlooJohn G. Jung
Chairman and Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
President, Intelligent Community Forum Foundation (ICFF)
John is an award-winning registered urban planner, urban designer, economic developer and global speaker on planning, development, urban design and economic development related issues, especially related to intelligent communities.
In case you are wondering - yes, Canada has some very Smart Cities and Intelligent Communities! In fact,...

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Posted Thursday, January 12, 2012

Have you noticed the decline in travel by site selectors? They have little time and often no budget to go shopping for opportunities in person. Increasingly they want the world to come to their doors, or rather, their computers. Economic developers can find an opportunity in this trend. There’s a new type of web technology that has not been embraced yet by the ED community, but which is growing very rapidly in a number of industries affected by reduced global travel. It’s...
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Posted Thursday, December 17, 1998

by Peter Constantinou (1998 Issue)
SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL, political figures and governments have made trips to foreign lands to improve relations and expand trade opportunities. This model has changed little over time, except that private and public sector organizations have "institutionalized" this type of activity. The concept of a trade mission has now been enshrined as an essential format for increasing business or trade. As well, it has the potential for leveraging other...

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Posted Thursday, December 17, 1998

by Stephen Li (1998 Issue)
IT IS WIDELY RECOGNIZED that over half of the global economic growth is generated by the Asia Pacific Region, an area comprised of a number of countries at varying stages of economic development. These range from the industrial and prosperous nations of Japan, Australia and New Zealand to the impoverished nations of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. In between are rapidly-industrialized regions and nations such as Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea...

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Posted Thursday, December 17, 1998

by Gordon McGregor (1998 Issue)
THE FUTURE GROWTH OF CANADA'S multi-billion agri-food sector must come from substantially increased exports as the domestic market, while still very important as a base, no longer provides sufficient demand. The needed growth in exports must involve significant growth in value-added crops, processed products and food services. This has clear implications for regional economic development and investment, particularly if an export goal of $40...

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