Innovation District

In this month’s column, you will learn about what’s happening in our Innovation District.  The concept of innovation district evolved from another key deliverable of the city’s first economic development strategy, Vision 2000.  It was to develop a ‘knowledge corridor’ by creating a technology and research park, and leveraging assets like the universities and research and development organizations.

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Innovation at the Forefront

Fredericton was founded on a tradition of innovation from the early pioneers to the forefathers who established the oldest university in Canada.

Innovation is in our DNA, it’s part of our culture.  When we think innovation, it typically conjures images of high tech companies and research & development, but it’s in the fabric of everything from our preserved heritage to the design of our streetscapes, green spaces, and art, cultural & recreational amenities. 

Being the fourth highest university-educated population in Canada, it comes as no surprise that our universities and colleges continue to produce top-notch talent.
In this monthly column, I’m going to take you on the journey of how we evolved from a sleepy little government/university town to a thriving knowledge-based economy.  We’re going to explore not only the information technology sector, but how our entrepreneurs are innovating across multiple sectors, and how our investments are paying off… 

 

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Tackling the Skills Gap

New Brunswick, as a province, has a pretty high unemployment rate. Yet NBJobs.ca lists hundreds of jobs that go unfilled every day. We have a skills gap. And addressing out skills gap is the key to creating a prosperous community of the future.

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Fredericton's Innovation District

The more we learn about successful cities, the more we know that density and proximity win out over sprawl. That's why our Innovation District is such a big deal. We have the physical proximity needed to spark creative collaboration.

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Innovation at the forefront of Fredericton's strategic approach

Fredericton was founded on a tradition of innovation. Three hundred years ago, we launched Canada's first English language university. Today, our culture of innovation remains a guiding principle in everything we do.

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Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who YOU are

What does your circle of friends have to do with your success? We think the answer is 'a lot'. The same goes for the business community. When you connect with business leaders trying to get to the same place, you are more likely to stay focused on your goals.

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The Culture of the Possible: How a Micro-City Excels Globally

There's a tiny little neighborhood in Fredericton that has produced more than their fair share of global successes. How did they do it? What sets it apart from others?

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Welcome to Fredericton!

Welcome to Fredericton, New Brunswick's capital city. We're documenting our efforts to maintain our leadership position as one of the best micro-cities for business in North America.

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