1. Niagara-focused Data Available Online

    Niagara Connects is pleased to share the Living in Niagara – 2017 quality of life report. On November 28, 2017, the report launch was celebrated with 350 people present at the 16th annual Niagara Community Foundation Niagara Leaders Breakfast. The 2017 edition is the fourth Living in Niagara report; the...
  2. Niagara Connects 2016-2018 Strategic Plan

    The Niagara Connects 2016-2018 Strategic Plan includes 3 Focus Areas: Build community capacity to use Niagara-focused evidence (data, information, knowledge) to inform planning and decision-making Facilitate coordinated community action to create the conditions for a more vibrant Niagara Strengthen Niagara Connects as a value-add and sustainable enterprise in the Niagara-wide...
  3. #Rethink Niagara: A Prosperous People Strategy for Niagara

    Goal: Create a vital, vibrant Niagara where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Objectives: Build an investment strategy emphasizing development of Niagara’s people as the restorative path to achieving prosperity. Create the conditions for Collective Impact* by weaving together diverse efforts currently underway to improve quality of life through economic...

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Cannabis Legalization: Government Choices Interact with Business Realities to Help or Hinder Policy Goals (Policy Brief #33)
"The Niagara Community Observatory (NCO) has partnered with Michael J. Armstrong, an associate professor in the Goodman School of Business at Brock University, to explore the business realities of the emerging cannabis industry. Notwithstanding its business focus, this policy brief raises serious questions for municipalities across the country. For the Niagara region, which has seen a wave of interest in cannabis growing, one central consideration is land-use. Municipalities are generally expected and required by law to regulate and strategically manage land-use to advance the economic, environmental, social, and aesthetic welfare of the local community. Not only do these objectives often conflict, but each dimension has multiple interests and stakeholders that contend with each other. With the cannabis industry’s emergence in Niagara, new battle lines may appear over growing and processing site locations, greenhouse conversions, and repurposing of farmlands. While this brief’s discussion centres on the operational business issues of cannabis product quality, consumer satisfaction, and black-market competition, municipalities simultaneously are making strategic decisions about economic, ecological, social, and aesthetic land-use planning. They are also contending with this emerging industry’s implications for tourism, agribusiness, and bio-life sciences. Similarly, post-secondary institutions need to be part of deliberations about workforce development, entrepreneurship training, and industry-related research and innovation." - Charles Conteh, Director, Niagara Community Observation Published By: Niagara Community Observation Publication Date: April 2018 read more ❯

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