Welcome to our May newsletter

Valley REN Voice
May 2017
Business survey prize announced on Facebook Live
Congratulations to Adrienne Bowmer of Copper Bottom by Bella in Berwick, who won our dinner-for-2 prize for completing the Valley REN 2017 Business Survey. Adrienne and her guest will be dining at one of these fine Valley restaurants: The Restaurant Pasta Jax in Middleton, Kellock’s in Berwick, Blomidon Inn in Wolfville, or Cocoa Pesto Bistro in Windsor. Thank you to the 135 businesses that completed the survey and to Windsor Mayor Anna Allen, who conducted the draw on Facebook Live. Watch it here.  
Cultivating local markets for local food
Entrepreneurs and investors in the Annapolis Valley are growing the market for locally produced food and promoting the benefits of the ‘buy local’ movement. 
Read about the event we hosted on April 26 with Friends of Agriculture Nova Scotia:
Food: A Main Course for our Economy.”
A skilled workforce & central location = business success

Quality Machining Services is a fabrication and machine shop with a full-time staff of about 45 people and a perfect location in the Windsor-West Hants Industrial Park. Why? Read the business profile.

Fish plant announced for Middleton 

“A family-owned fish processing plant in Middleton is expected to be up and running sometime this summer and could employ as many as 60 people in its first year,” according to Lawrence Powell at the Annapolis County Spectator.  Read the news here.

Farmland values rise in the Annapolis Valley 

The strong market for farmland in the Annapolis Valley is one positive signal of a healthy rural economy.

According to Farm Credit Canada’s nationwide report on farmland values for 2016, “competition for farmland in the Annapolis Valley region remained strong and parcels did not stay on the market for long.” Read the report highlights.

Manufacturers Exchange helps businesses learn

Valley manufacturers shared more than business cards at the Valley REN’s first Manufacturers Exchange on April 4 in Berwick. Employees and owners representing small and large manufacturers discussed the challenges of transportation during a two-hour exchange of knowledge and best practices. Read more here.

Introducing our Co-op student, Jenna Jackson
Hi. My name is Jenna Jackson and I’ve just completed my second year at Acadia University in the Bachelor of Business Administration program. Upon learning more about what the Valley REN does for businesses in our community, I am hopeful for the future of the Annapolis Valley and its hardworking people. Through my Co-op at the Valley REN, I hope I can gain a better understanding of the major sectors within our region, learn about their functions and needs, and understand what supports and actions are necessary for local businesses to thrive and continue to develop in the Valley.
The Valley REN AGM will be held on the afternoon of June 19.
Time & location to be announced.
Our guest speaker will be Ron L’Esperance, president of Group ATN Consulting Inc., which conducted the Valley REN 2017 Business Survey.

During his 28-year career with the Province of Nova Scotia, Ron served in four departments as a deputy minister, including Economic Development. He will talk about our business survey, what the data tells us, and what it means for local businesses and the regional economy.
A catalyst for economic development in the Annapolis Valley
Who we are: The Valley REN was incorporated in March 2014 under the Municipal Government Act. We have a mandate to be the catalyst for economic development in the Valley region. Our partners in the Valley REN are Glooscap First Nation, the municipalities of the County of Kings and the District of West Hants, and the Towns of Berwick, Kentville, Middleton, Windsor and Wolfville. We are jointly funded by our regional partners and the Province of Nova Scotia. Our volunteer Board of Directors, drawn from the private sector, delivers a wealth of experience in business and economic leadership. A Liaison and Oversight committee – representing regional partners and the province – ensures public accountability.

Our mission: To guide and navigate regional economic development, while providing support to businesses; operating as a connector among economic development partners; supporting business growth and retention; and providing leadership on economic priorities.

Our vision: “Communities working together to create a prosperous region.”
Our guiding values: Community  |  Integrity  |  Respect  |  Excellence  |  Trust

Making connections for businesses and employers

We offer one-on-one consultations to help businesses access government programs and services to support your HR needs and training, business development and export development.
Contact James Schofield
Economic Development Officer 
Ph: 1 (902) 698-9192

Developing strategic sectors in the Valley

We are working with businesses to support collaboration and development in agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, information & communications technologies (ICT) and sustainable energy.
Contact Emily Konrath
Economic Development Officer 
Ph: 1 (902) 670-0542

Catch up on some reading

April 2017 Valley REN Voice
March 2017 Valley REN Voice
February 2017 Valley REN Voice
January 2017 Valley REN Voice
December 2016 Valley REN Voice
November 2016 Valley REN Voice
October 2016 Valley REN Voice

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Thank you for reading our May newsletter

On behalf of our regional and provincial partners, the Board and staff of the Valley REN are acting on opportunities for economic growth in our region. Please contact us with your ideas for how we can work together to create a more prosperous Annapolis Valley.

Kelly R.M. Ells, CEO
By working together we can create a more prosperous region.
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