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Planning for the future: Part 2 in the Valley REN journey

By Kelly RM Ells | September 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

In this second blog in a three-part series, CEO Kelly Ells explains how the Valley REN created an economic development strategy for the region. You can read the first part here. Where to start? You don’t know what you don’t know. What are the pieces needed to create a solid regional economic development strategy? Who do we consult? Who is not represented…

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We want better rural internet – now

By Valley REN | August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

What can citizens, businesses, and municipalities do together – and now – to accelerate broadband-enabled growth in the Annapolis Valley? When the Valley REN put that question to more than 70 people yesterday afternoon at the Berwick Fire Hall, we heard a clear message. Local businesses, politicians, and municipal staff told us that we have…

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Welcome to our New Website and Weekly Blog

By Valley REN | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Whether you want to grow a business, invest in the region, or live in the Annapolis Valley, we can help you. Use our Get Connected tool kit for businesses and employers. Browse our Knowledge Suite (a digital library that we will fill with economic reports, sector profiles, and fresh, local, analysis of key issues in…

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Second “Smart Annapolis Valley” Event

By Valley REN | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Please join us for the Second “Smart Annapolis Valley” event on Thursday, August 25: Community Benefits and Collaborative Action Location: Berwick Fire Hall Time: noon to 5:00 (starting with a light buffet lunch) Our guest speaker: Dan Mathieson, Mayor of Stratford, Ontario Your hosts: Valley REN and i-Valley This is an opportunity to learn how…

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Our Journey Here, Part 1: Building the Foundation

By Kelly RM Ells | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ever wonder why Regional Enterprise Networks (RENs) exist in Nova Scotia? RENs are the result of an independent panel of economic development and business experts, who were asked to recommend a new approach to economic development in the province. They published their report in 2012. (It was called “Renewing Regional Economic Development in Nova Scotia”…

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