Municipal and regional partners in the Annapolis Valley have formed the province's first regional enterprise network. Nine municipalities and the Glooscap First Nation signed an inter-municipal agreement marking the formal establishment of the network today, March 20, in Windsor.
A seven-member board of directors to oversee the new Valley Regional Enterprise Network has also been named.
The network will develop a regional economic development strategy, co-ordinate economic development efforts within the region, and focus on helping businesses in the region grow.
The Valley Regional Enterprise Network includes: Glooscap First Nation, Berwick, Bridgetown, Hantsport, Kentville, Middleton, Windsor and Wolfville, and the municipalities of Kings County and West Hants.
The seven board members are: Sir Graham Day, Susan Hayes, Joseph Lord, Robert Maher, Peter Muttart, Jason Peters and Perry Wallace.
"The Regional Enterprise Network represents a new concept, with a different geography, a focus on enterprises, and a commitment to networking," said Robert Maher, board member. "To support this concept, the board must make creative, strategic decisions based on the best available and open information, for the good of all citizens in the region and across the province. We must adopt a new vision of regional collaboration. We must be open to new ideas."
A committee made up of municipal and provincial representatives appointed the board of directors of the valley network.