Abstract/Details

Informing community planning for the knowledge-based economy: A case study of Manitoba's rural bilingual municipalities

Anderson, Leanne.   University of Manitoba (Canada) ProQuest Dissertation & Theses,  2009. MR63490.

Abstract (summary)

This thesis reviews the current literature about the knowledge-based economy (KBE) and explores why the KBE doesn't appear to be on the agendas of community based economic development practitioners, referred to in this study as 'the gap'.

Policy responses by the federal government for the KBE in Canada are reviewed, as are international, provincial, regional and community policies.

The reason for the gap is explored through interviews with community economic development practitioners from a study group of bilingual municipalities in rural Manitoba. Interviews are also conducted with employees of regional and provincial organizations that work in economic development affecting the bilingual municipalities. Their perspectives regarding economic development and their perceptions of both the bilingual communities and the knowledge-based economy illustrate where the gap exists.

The results confirm that there is a gap in understanding of both the knowledge-based economy and of its potential for economic development. The results also demonstrate that the needs of communities are no different in the knowledge-based economy as they are for the traditional economy.

Federal government support for the KBE must be consistent and address each community's unique needs in order for economic development in the KBE. Federal support for local CDCs must focus on best practices and skill development for staff and council members.

The role of regional organizations is important when addressing broader spectrum issues such as developing community vision plans, and facilitating 'big picture thinking'.

Communities must also work to ensure regional and community cooperation in economic development.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Urban planning
Classification
0999: Urban planning
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Manitoba
Title
Informing community planning for the knowledge-based economy: A case study of Manitoba's rural bilingual municipalities
Author
Anderson, Leanne
Number of pages
67
Degree date
2009
School code
0303
Source
MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International
ISBN
978-0-494-63490-5
University/institution
University of Manitoba (Canada)
University location
Canada -- Manitoba, CA
Degree
M.C.P.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
MR63490
ProQuest document ID
717681144
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/717681144