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Economic Development 101: The Final Chapter

By Bruce Johnstone In this series of articles we have discussed the foundational thinking behind the work of economic development in our community.  Why do it? When I began writing this series I asked EDR President & CEO John Lee to describe their business model. This is what he told me: “Why do we want economic growth? It generates revenues (for) good social programs, good quality… Read More

Economic Development 101: The big one that didn’t get away

Economic Development 101: The big one that didn’t get away By Bruce Johnstone It’s not every day that an economic development agency gets to play a key role in bringing an industry to its region that could generate more than $10 billion in economic activity and more than 4,500 jobs in 10 years. But that’s exactly what happened when Protein Industries Canada was announced as one… Read More

Economic Development 101: You can’t do it by yourself

Economic Development 101: You can’t do it by yourself This is the third in a series of articles about the fundamental principles behind the work of economic development in the Greater Regina Area. By Bruce Johnstone It takes two to tango, as they say, and economic development is no exception to the rule. “No one individual or organization is responsible for economic development,”… Read More

Economic Development 101: Growing from within

This is the second in a series of articles written by respected business journalist Bruce Johnstone about why we do economic development. By Bruce Johnstone Many people assume that economic development means bringing businesses and jobs from other towns, cities and provinces to relocate in our town, city or province. And, for many years, that assumption drove economic development agencies to… Read More

Economic Development 101: Introduction

Introduction to Economic Development 101 By Bruce Johnstone What is economic development? Why do we need economic development agencies to foster growth in our population and economy? Why do we need to grow our economy and population in the first place? These are questions that citizens and taxpayers may ask themselves from time to time. Some may question the need for economic development agencies… Read More