Innovation grows here

Posts by Rachel Brighton

Innovation grows here

This is the sweet spot for innovation: where new technologies and traditional knowledge capitalize on the unique natural resources of geography and climate. With the promise of better broadband and a more collaborative approach to regional economic development, the Annapolis Valley can grow into an innovation region. The potential is great and the foundation is…

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Annapolis Valley Labour Market Trends: September 2017

The Annapolis Valley unemployment rate has fallen to within one percentage point of the Halifax rate. Employment in the Valley increased by almost 5% in the January-September period of 2017 compared with the first nine months of 2016. CLICK HERE to read Valley highlights from the monthly Labour Market Report published by the Nova Scotia Department of Finance…

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Valley REN reports on softwood lumber duties

  Valley REN Business Insight: May 2017 As Nova Scotia is caught up in a fresh trade dispute over exports of softwood lumber to the United States, how will the new situation affect forestry-based businesses in the Annapolis Valley? In April, the United States Department of Commerce imposed preliminary countervailing duties on imports of softwood…

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Farmland in the Annapolis Valley is in strong demand

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.” The April report suggests Valley farmland…

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“Buy local” business supplies

Businesses can grow our regional economy by sourcing more supplies locally. It sounds simple. But in practice, it’s not always easy to switch from an import to a local product or service. “Is it competitive?” may be the first question people ask. Or: “Is it equivalent?” “Is it reliable?” “Is it consistent?” “Does it meet our…

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Workplace learning helps businesses & students

  What are the benefits of engaging students in your business? You develop working relationships with future local graduates who want to stay in the Valley. Students bring value to your business through new knowledge, insight, talent and skills. They can even point you to new markets. You get connected with the talent pool and…

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Opportunities abound in the growing tourism market

Nova Scotia enjoyed its best tourism year on record in 2016, generating $2.6 billion in revenue and marking the third consecutive year of growth. Tourism plays a key role in the Annapolis Valley and it can play a bigger role in our economy. For every $1 invested in tourism enterprises, another $3.2 is generated in…

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Annapolis Valley in the spotlight at Boston Globe Travel Show

MEDIA RELEASE Jointly issued by the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Regional Enterprise Network                                     The Annapolis Valley was in the spotlight at the Boston Globe Travel Show from February 10 to 12 in Boston, Massachusetts. Regional tourism partners shared a booth with Bay Ferries to promote Nova Scotia destinations. During the weekend…

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Opportunities Now! for business growth

There is an immediate opportunity for business development in the Annapolis Valley. We heard about it over and over again at our Sector Table Workshop. The opportunity is to build stronger links between the business community and the students and researchers in our post-secondary institutions. Our facilitator at the Sector Table Workshop was Andy Horsnell…

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Better together

The Annapolis Valley is not only a fertile place for growing food – it is a fertile place for growing your business. Our Valley is home to a strong network of business associations with a shared purpose: to support local business and grow the regional economy. This week, the Valley REN was delighted to host…

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