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Jobs surge in the Annapolis Valley

By Rachel Brighton | January 25, 2018 | 2 Comments

A jobs spike in the middle of 2017 pushed annual employment significantly higher in the Annapolis Valley compared with 2016. Preliminary labour force data for the 2017 calendar year shows strong growth in employment in the Annapolis Valley economic region.* The spike in jobs for the whole year reflects historically high employment levels reached in…

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Agri-innovation in the Valley

By Rachel Brighton | January 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Watch the video to learn from four entrepreneurs who are developing innovative products & processes in agriculture and aquaculture in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Soil, climate and geography make the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia an ideal location for diverse agricultural enterprises. Our valley is also rich in agricultural ingenuity, thanks to the…

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The Valley REN & i-Valley partner to pursue Smart Region status

By Rachel Brighton | October 31, 2017 | 3 Comments

  The Valley REN signs an agreement with i-Valley to pursue a new, international Smart Region designation for the Annapolis Valley. KENTVILLE, OCTOBER 31, 2017: The Valley Regional Enterprise Network has signed a partnership agreement with the i-Valley Intelligent Community Association to pursue an international Smart Region designation for the Annapolis Valley. A Memorandum of Understanding…

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AVCC is an “innovation agent” in agriculture

By Rachel Brighton | October 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

  PART 1 in the Valley REN blog series introducing “innovation agents” agents in the Annapolis Valley. The Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce  will present the annual Agriculture Innovation Accelerator Award on November 28. The Valley REN interviewed the chair of the AVCC  Agriculture & Agri-Food Committee, Gary Morton, to ask him how this award, now in its fifth year, is advancing innovation…

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Innovation grows here

By Rachel Brighton | October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

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

By Rachel Brighton | October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

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 launches new land and asset web tool

By Jenna Jackson | July 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Valley Regional Enterprise Network is pleased to announce the release of their new interactive map. BASIC FUNCTIONS OF THE VALLEY REN’S NEW LAND AND ASSET WEB TOOL The Land and Asset Web Tool is a free program found directly by entering the URL: The tool is designed to assist new and current businesses in…

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Report from the Valley REN Annual General Meeting

By Kelly RM Ells | June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

There is a shared optimism for the economic strength of the Annapolis Valley. The Valley Regional Enterprise Network (Valley REN) held its second Annual General Meeting at the historic King’s-Edgehill school library in Windsor on June 19. More than 60 people attended, representing our government partners, local businesses, and service agencies and associations that support…

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Inviting travellers from New England to the Annapolis Valley

By Jenna Jackson | June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

            We’re reaching travellers in New England with our Summer/Fall Guide to the Annapolis Valley The Valley REN has partnered with the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce (AVCC) to publish a Summer/Fall Guide to the Annapolis Valley. It is designed for people who attended the Boston Globe Travel Show and…

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Annapolis Valley community shows its support for Michelin Waterville

By Kelly RM Ells | June 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Thirty-five years ago the first tire rolled off the production line at the Michelin tire plant in Waterville, a major employer in the Annapolis Valley. To mark the occasion, community and municipal partners held a dinner on June 7 to recognize the important contribution the company makes to the economic and social well-being of the Annapolis…

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