Memorial Universitys Harris Centre is on the road.
Since last month, the centre has been travelling to communities all over Newfoundland and Labrador, sharing locally-relevant research projects conducted by Memorial and coordinated by the centre, including a project highlighting the potential for neighboring communities to work together on regionally-beneficial projects.
The next stop along the way will be a couple of presentations in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The first is a public session hosted by the Central Labrador Regional Economic Development Board which will take place Feb. 23 at the Labrador Friendship Centre, from 2-3:30 p.m. The next day, the Harris Centre team will meet with members of the Labrador Council in a closed session.
These sessions are an opportunity to share cutting-edge research on regional development, said Dr. Rob Greenwood, Harris Centre director. This work provides key insights on how municipalities in the province are actually functioning as highly integrated regional economies, and how our governance tools are adapting to keep up.
It also highlights how rural areas stack up in the knowledge-based economy, and what they can do to make the most of opportunities, he explained.
Accompanying Dr. Greenwood will be the Harris Centres new manager of knowledge mobilization, Bojan Fürst. Hes looking forward to meeting with regional development workers across the province.
"A major element of my job at the Harris Centre is to broker connections, using Yaffle.ca, our online project match making tool, and through face-to-face sessions like these, said Mr. Fürst. Were doing these presentations all across the province this winter and spring, and in addition to sharing research findings we will be asking what needs and opportunities exist in the communities, and what Memorial faculty, staff and students could do to help.