Annapolis conference planned for 2015 aims to revive rural economies

Heather Killen
Published on August 27, 2014
The Annapolis Basin Conference Centre in Cornwallis Park received a $1-million financial boost last Friday when West Nova MP Greg Kerr announce federal funds for major renovation to the centre and for a marketing initiative. Lawrence Powell

Addressing the challenges of small communities

A regional conference is being planned this spring in Annapolis County to address the issues facing rural economies.

Gregory Heming, president of the Centre For Local Prosperity, says the conference, Local Prosperity: New Economics for Rural Canada, is scheduled to take place next April 9 through April 12 at a mix of Annapolis-based venues, including the Annapolis Basin Conference Centre and the Annapolis Royal Regional Academy.

“Finding solutions to the increasing economic, social and ecological disintegration of small rural communities may seem difficult, but practical and achievable solutions are possible,” said Heming.

Centre For Local Prosperity is a nonprofit group based in Annapolis County that aims to initiate projects and activities that will build a more prosperous community. The group is looking at ideas generated from other small communities that have successfully met their challenges.

The conference’s first day features a full day of workshops and classes aimed at providing tools and inspiration. More than 25 local, national and international speakers and facilitators will present over the three days.

“The conference is intended for anyone inspired to revitalize their community,” says Heming. Farmers, fishermen, foresters, community leaders, industry leaders and small business owners are invited.

For more information, visit the website.