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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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Sustainable Energy Sector Table: reporting on opportunities

By Emily Konrath | June 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Energy is the currency of the universe: we need to be using and spending it better.” – Scott Henderson, NSCC Faculty, School of Trades and Technology; Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology Program, Annapolis Valley Campus   The Annapolis Valley, blessed with bountiful farmland and the world’s highest tides, is rich in resources and expertise. In our…

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Enjoy market day in downtown Kentville

By Valley REN | May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Kentville Farmers Market is a great place to buy local food, crafts and other products. Every Wednesday is market day in downtown Kentville. From May to October, 10 am until 2 pm, Centre Square in the historic downtown springs to life as a community gathering place for vendors, customers and musicians. In October, the…

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Valley REN reports on softwood lumber duties

By Rachel Brighton | May 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

  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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Cultivating local markets for local food

By Emily Konrath | April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

“What do you care enough about to act on?”  For the 50 business owners, producers, and interested consumers in the room on April 26 for our discussion on the importance of buying local and what it means to our economy, the answer is building a strong, local market for the goods and services we produce.…

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