Here are my latest Edmonton notes!
Taproot Edmonton Presents: Igniting Innovation
Our new podcast, Taproot Edmonton Presents, launched this week with Igniting Innovation, a six-part series exploring how startups and investors are coming together in Edmonton’s tech innovation sector. Here’s the trailer.
The first episode features Zack Storms, founder and chief organizer of Startup TNT, and his wife, Keren Tang, an angel investor with the Startup TNT Investment Summit. They share stories about building and fostering relationships with entrepreneurs and investors in Edmonton’s tech innovation sector, plus discuss diversity and the challenges the community is facing.
We’re releasing new episode every week through to the Investment Summit on Nov. 19. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!
Lined up for Little Brick
Sharon and I went to Little Brick this afternoon for coffee and a cookie and to check out their winterized patio. We found a long line but decided to wait. It took 45 minutes from arrival to having our coffee in hand.
While Little Brick is a great example of a winter patio, with shelter from the wind, heaters, and fireplaces, few are going to wait that long when it’s colder. A lineup isn’t something I had considered when talking about winter patios on Speaking Municipally recently.
It’s a great sign that so many people are wanting to support local businesses though, and I hope that demand continues (and can be met) throughout the winter.
Other recent headlines
- The City of Edmonton’s 2020 Employee Experience Survey found that employees are feeling disconnected due to the pandemic and "uneasy as a result of discussions around temporary layoffs service level changes and workforce reductions." It was completed by nearly 5,600 employees, or about a third of the City’s workforce.
- CBC reports that the rise in online shopping during the pandemic has led to increased demand for warehouses in Edmonton. That’s interesting, and is perhaps further proof that the pandemic is simply accelerating trends that were already underway.
- Parity Cup will hold monthly challenges starting Nov. 1 to encourage more women to run for office in Edmonton and Calgary in next year’s municipal election. Great idea!
- More than 470 local businesses have been assisted by the Economic Recovery Grant Program, according to the City of Edmonton. Most have used the funds for personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies.
For more recent headlines, check out the latest from Taproot Edmonton.
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