Economic Revitalization

Article — July 01, 2015

Economic Revitalization

From 2007-2014, The Monieson Centre sponsored an economic revitalization research theme, investigating new strategies for rural communities to develop vibrant economies. This page documents key resources from research projects and events generated through this research stream.


Research Projects:

Research Partnerships to Revitalize Rural Economies, 2011-2014

The Research Partnerships to Revitalize Rural Economies project was designed to develop and strengthen partnerships to support academic research for Canada's rural communities. Interdisciplinary research partnerships, cross-sector co-creation of knowledge and understanding, expanded networks for research, and partnered knowledge mobilization are combined to create and disseminate new knowledge on rural economic development. The research team, in close collaboration with the project’s network of over 40 partners, has conducted studies and disseminated knowledge focused on interdisciplinary research themes including rural entrepreneurship, business innovation, and community sustainability. The Research Partnerships project was funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant program, as well as significant partner-based funding, including the leadership team (Northumberland County Economic Development, Prince Edward/Lennox & Addington Community Futures Development Corporation (PELA CFDC), Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus, RDÉE-Ontario, Rural Ontario Institute) and the steering committee (Ontario Association of CFDCs, Queen's Sustainable Bioeconomy Centre, and the City of Kawartha Lakes).

Download the reports in English and French:

Three Useful Templates for Transportation

Dr. Chialin Chen, Queen's School of Business


Francais Policy Brief
Artful Places  Dr. Betsy Donald, Queen's University Report Francais Policy Brief
Multi-Generation Small Business in Rural Communities Dr. Gordon Hunter, University of Lethbridge Report Francais Policy Brief
The Employment and Wage Impact of Broadband Deployment in Canada Dr. Olena Ivus, Queen's School of Business Report Francais Policy Brief
Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed Dr. Kelley Packalen, Queen's School of Business Report Francais Policy Brief

Green Economic Initiatives in Southwestern Ontario Challenges and Opportunities

Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer, Wilfrid Laurier University


Francais Policy Brief

Benchmarking the Creative Economy in Rural Ontario

Dr. Kevin Stolarick, The Martin Prosperity Institute


Francais Policy Brief

Who Works Where in Peterborough

Dr. Kevin Stolarick, The Martin Prosperity Institute


Francais Policy Brief

Friend or Foes? The Interrelationship between Angel and Venture Capital Markets

Dr. Veikko Thiele, Queen's School of Business


Francais Policy Brief

Entrepreneurs' Experiences in the Ontario Self-Employment Benefit (OSEB) Program

Dr. Ingrid Chadwick, Concordia University and
Dr. Jana Raver, Queen's School of Business


Francais Policy Brief


Evaluating the Economic and Social Impacts of Rural Broadband Investment in Eastern Ontario, 2012-2014

The Evaluating the Economic and Social Impacts of Rural Broadband Investment in Eastern Ontario project is a two-year research initiative to measure baseline data and short-term impacts of the $200m Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) infrastructure investment.  The project builds on a methodology developed by The Monieson Centre at Queen’s School of Business for the Ontario Ministry of Government Services in 2011.


Broadband Strategic Research and Impact Analysis: Development of a Partnership and Evaluation Framework for Assessing the Social and Economic Impacts of Provincial Broadband Investments, 2011

The Broadband Strategic Research Impact Analysis Project is a research initiative to develop an evaluation methodology to track the social and economic benefits of the Province of Ontario’s investments in broadband services. It recommends qualitative and quantitative methods which can be used to assess the impacts of broadband deployment in rural Eastern Ontario.

The project was led by The Monieson Centre at Queen’s School of Business, through funding from the Ontario Ministries of Government Services (MGS), and Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). The project also partnered with the Ontario Ministries of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT) and Northern Development, Mines and Forestry (MNDMF), as well as the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN).


Research to Revitalize Rural Economies, 2011

This one-year project funding by the Economic Development Council of Ontario (EDCO) produced five original research studies on two key rural economic development themes:

Theme 1:  Rural Entrepreneurs & Business

  • Advisor Relationships in Rural Business, Drs. Kelley Packalen & Linda Dyer
  • Venture Capital Financing for Entrepreneurs in Rural Business, Dr. Veikko Thiele

Theme 2: Innovation & Sustainability in Creative Rural Communities

  • Building Community Capacity through Community Development, Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer
  • Developing a Rural Public Transportation Network, Dr. Chailin Chen
  • Understanding Rural Business Enterprise, Dr. Tina Dacin

Download the Report

The Impact of Academic Knowledge Mobilization in Rural Economic Development, 2011-2013

The Impact of Academic Knowledge Mobilization in Rural Economic Development project assesses the impact of academic knowledge mobilization on key gaps and barriers to rural Southern Ontario’s economic development and growth. The project aims to increase rural competitiveness and innovation in two ways. First, by evaluating the local and regional impact of research on rural economic  development. Second, by mobilizing effective tools and resources to overcome existing barriers to growth and knowledge gaps.

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Knowledge Impact in Society Project, 2008-2011

A three-year, $300,000 SSHRC-funded project to bolster rural Eastern Ontario’s economy by moving the results of academic research into communities. The project drew together 40 partners including lead collaborators PELA CFDC and the Eastern Ontario CFDC Network, Inc. Case studies, business success story profiles, and reports from community-based Discovery Workshops to identify rural economic development priorities are available here for download.

Renfrew County CFDC Renewable Energy Research Project, 2010-2011

The Monieson Centre was approached to conduct a preliminary feasibility study on energy generation from biomass under the Ontario Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program by Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation (RCCFDC). Following a literature review, several site visits and extensive financial modeling, a revised FIT rate in the range of $0.273 to $0.450/kWh would seem to be more accurate in attracting interest, helping meet Ontario’s energy demands, restoring jobs and strengthening the Renfrew County economy.


Rural Research Priorities Project, 2009-2010

This research brought together researchers from the University of Guelph with researchers from The Monieson Centre at Queen’s University. Key partners also included The Ontario Rural Council (TORC) and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). The research focused on community engagement sessions in Central and South‐western Ontario. It involved 12 community and organization discovery workshops. The results have been integrated with existing research results from Eastern Ontario (through prior consultations led by The Monieson Centre) and Northern Ontario (through the Northern Growth Plan consultations). The research was completed between September 2009 and April 2010.


Creative Economy Challenges: Retention of Queen's Graduates in the Greater Kingston Area, 2008

Funded by the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO), The Monieson Centre worked to determine challenges that exist in connecting students with Kingston, identify, from a student's perspective, the challenges that exist in hiring Queen's graduates, and determine key factors that influence the retention of students in Kingston.


Monieson-PELA Rural Research Collaboration, 2007-2010

A memorandum of understanding with the Prince Edward and Lennox and Addington CFDC served as a catalyst for research which promotes community economic growth, business development, and entrepreneurship. In addition to fostering over $2m of further work from 2008-2014, the collaboration produced three research reports:


2014 Economic Revitalization Conference: Mapping the Future: Technology, People & Rural Prosperity (

Apr. 8, 2014

Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Advisory Relationships in Government-funded Programs: Dr. Kelley Packalen and Alison Lobb


2013 Economic Revitalization Conference: Building Rural Resilience through Innovation & Entrepreneurship (

Apr. 8, 2013

2012 Economic Revitalization Conference: Sustainable Economies, Sustainable Communities

Apr. 11, 2012


Connecting the Future: Rural Broadband (

Dec. 3-4, 2012

The Creative Rural Economy – From Theory to Practice (

June 14-15, 2011

Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy Conference (

November 19, 2010

Creative Economy Speaker Series [link to YouTube videos, no powerpoints]

Winter 2010


2011 KIS Showcase: New Horizons in Rural Economic Development (

2010 KIS Showcase: Rural Tourism and Community Competitiveness (

Apr. 23, 2010

2009 KIS Showcase (

April 8, 2009


Rural Vitality Conference

May 21-23, 2008

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