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Posted Wednesday, November 06, 2013

chart1 Author:  Chris Engle, Vice President, Avalanche Consulting, Austin, Texas
A survey of 181 economic development organizations across the US by a Texas-based consulting firm shows that corporations continue to explore their expansion plans, but are announcing new projects at a slower pace than previous reports.
The Economic Development Activity Index is a bi-annual survey of U.S. economic developers conducted by Avalanche Consulting, Inc. to gauge changes in prospect...

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Posted Monday, September 09, 2013

By Robert Bell
“Wisely or not,” according to the United Nations, “Homo sapiens has become Homo urbanus.”  The UN projects that by 2050, more than 70 percent of humanity will live in cities as the global population exceeds nine billion. 
            Many leading thinkers find this a cause for celebration, among them Richard Florida of the University of Toronto, who currently has the...

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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 Tuesday, August 27, 2013

By : N. David Milder, DANTH, Inc. and Andrew Dane, Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.
Introduction
Discussions about the traits of strong downtowns and what makes them succeed usually focus on larger cities such as Vancouver, BC, Portland, OR, New York, NY or Charleston, SC. However, a lot can also be learned by looking at things on a smaller scale. This happened to the authors, when we recently looked at downtowns in two small Wisconsin communities. What we learned...

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Posted Monday, August 26, 2013

By Robert S. Cooke
As organizational leaders we are all too often disappointed that our people are not delivering what is needed or required.  Sometimes people deliver what is wanted and expected and at other times we are disappointed that the work of our people is not up to standard or misses the mark. Through my advisory and leadership coaching work over the last thirty years I have concluded  that there are three simple foundations that must be in place for people...

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