Welcome to our April newsletter

Valley REN Voice
April 2017
Workplace learning connects students & employers
On March 27, the Valley Regional Enterprise Network, Acadia University Co-operative Education and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) co-hosted an event at Acadia University to promote the benefits of experiential learning – for businesses and students.

About 60 people attended the event, which was called “The Right Talent, Right Here: Engaging Students in your Workplace.” It began with a networking breakfast and a keynote speech from university president Ray Ivany, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.

The panel included John Read and Alex Sanford from Colibri Software Inc. in Wolfville; Michael Vaughan, manager of financial analytics, Western Zone, for the Nova Scotia Health Authority; Leah Price, a Tourism Management student at NSCC Kingstec campus; and Nicole Robinson, Faculty of Tourism Management at NSCC. There was also a showcase of “experiential learning” opportunities.

Thank you to our partners for this opportunity to work together to help connect students and employers in the Valley. Read the news report.
Choose local suppliers for your business

At our recent Sector Table Workshop, local businesses suggested the Valley REN could raise awareness about business-to-business opportunities for buying and selling locally – in retail and wholesale markets.

In this week’s blog, we are pleased to showcase one new business that is producing a local product that could meet the needs of a wide variety of local businesses. Read their story.

Follow Opportunities Now!@ValleyREN as we share news about business growth and opportunities to #INVESTinAnnapolisValley.
Better broadband is coming to the Valley
There’s been lots of news about investments in broadband in the Annapolis Valley. We’re posting news in one place so you can stay up to date.
How to build a stronger, local, start-up ecosystem

On March 20, local ICT firms and business support organizations joined in a roundtable with Permjot Valia, founder of MentorCamp Inc. and a respected player in Cape Breton’s start-up community. Permjot shared his insight into developing start-up ecosystems. Read more here.

Thank you for completing our business survey
More than 100 people completed the 2017 Valley REN Business Survey. Your answers will help us and our municipal and provincial partners respond to the most important business needs and opportunities in the Annapolis Valley. We will announce the winner of the dinner-for-2 prize in our next newsletter.
Join us at the Manufacturers Exchange
Our topic this month: transportation. Inquiries & RSVP
Were seeking volunteer directors for our board
Download the recruitment package.
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

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

Read our blog here.

Thank you for reading our April newsletter

The Board and staff of the Valley REN are proud to work on behalf of businesses and our government partners to act 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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