The following documents are community building and economic revitalization tools shared by The Monieson Centre at Queen’s School of Business. These user-friendly resource documents summarize research results related to economic development needs in Eastern Ontario.
Attracting Immigrants to Rural Communities
Immigration is a vital source of rural population sustainability, regional economic development, and cultural vitality. In particular, immigrants can help businesses address labour shortage issues, provide professional services that are in demand
Community Asset Inventories
The creation of an asset inventory is of great value for a number of reasons. First, it presents community leaders with a broad and inclusive array of resources; this allows leaders to choose community development strategies that are in accordance with their asset base.
While logos and slogans are symbols of a brand, the total brand represents much more. A brand is a story, a means of standing out and demonstrating something unique about your community which sets it apart from others. [MORE]
Community members must collaborate in order to make decisions, come up with new ideas, initiate new projects, and produce long‐term social and economic change.
Creating a Vibrant Downtown
Downtowns play a crucial role in the economic health of a town or city. Downtowns that are vibrant stimulate economic and business activity in the area and attract visiting tourists. A sizable share of a town or city’s tax base is derived from downtown economic activity.
Economic Development Pt. 1: Basic Principles
A structured approach to economic development is a key priority for all stakeholders of communities who are looking to grow in a sustainable fashion. Basic goals include increasing economic activity, improving employment prospects and increasing the standard of living.
Economic Development Pt. 2: Community Innovation Planning
Over two reports, this Knowledge Synthesis series highlights the general principles of Community Economic Development (CED). This structured approach to planning has gained prominence over the past fifteen years and provides new potential for the development of rural communities.
Fostering entrepreneurship can drastically improve the well‐being and quality of life in rural communities. Entrepreneurship creates jobs for community members, wealth for business owners, and helps rural communities become independent, self‐sustaining, and prosperous.
Harvesting the Rural Creative Economy
Over the last decade, the work of Richard Florida on the creative economy has captured the attention of policy‐makers and stimulated vibrant debate in academic research.
Improving Local Governance: Community and Regional Partnerships
Rural municipalities have long struggled to provide the same degree of programs and services that residents in urban communities take for granted. Due to limited revenue sources from property owners, rural governments need to be innovative in responding to the needs of local residents.
Rural communities in Canada face a shortage of physicians. A recent study has shown that 21% of Canadians live in rural areas, yet only 10% of physicians practice in these areas. This shortage threatens not only the health and well‐being of the residents of these communities, but also the communities’ potential for economic growth.
Promoting Skilled Trades in Rural Ontario
The economic sustainability of rural communities is heavily dependent on their ability to attract and retain skilled and experienced trades‐people. While skilled workers tend to enjoy around a 41% wage premium over unskilled workers, the latter are also more likely to be unemployed or underemployed and tend to require more social assistance.
Rural Investment Attraction
Rural areas are marked by low levels of financial investment, infrastructure, business and government services. This inhibited investment climate is a reflection of the relatively high cost of these services in rural communities.
Rural Transportation Issues and Strategies
Implementing effective rural transportation systems can increase accessibility to essential services, make personal travel easier, and increase the quality of life for citizens in rural communities.
Tourism Pt. 1
Tourism is an important sector in Ontario’s economy, contributing approximately $22 billion in revenue in 2007 alone. Composed primarily of small and medium‐sized enterprises, the tourism industry is the largest employer of the province’s youth.
Tourism Pt. 2
Tourism is an important, growing sector of Ontario’s economy, contributing approximately $22 billion in revenue in 2007 alone. For the rural communities of Eastern Ontario, it offers great potential for economic development and growth.
The connections we form with different aspects of our lives are a fundamental part of the human experience: connections to people, places, things and ideas. These connections not only define who we are, but also determine what we do and where we go.