What We Do

We are leaders and drivers of Annapolis Valley economic development opportunities

Our strategic foundation


A thriving, regional economy, delivering the highest quality of life in Canada.

We support a thriving regional economy that, when combined with our geographic location, natural environment and diverse population, makes the Valley one of the best places to live in rural Canada.


The Valley REN is the catalyst for a thriving, sustainable and inclusive regional economy in the Annapolis Valley. 

We are proactive in evidence-based action planning and the coordinator of local and provincial resources to maximize our collective impact.


  • Innovation
    We value and encourage new ideas that challenge the status quo.
  • Professionalism
    We apply the best practices in our work and relationships.
  • Diversity
    In people, cultures, strengths, sectors, industries and capitals (human, financial, social, organizational, natural and cultural).
  • Adaptability
    We are prepared to adjust our strategies as circumstances require.
  • This Place
    We are proud to call the Annapolis Valley our home and are committed to seeing it grow and flourish.


  • Collaboration
    We believe that economic development is a team effort.
  • Evidence-based Decision Making
    We make decisions based on data and evidence along with input from our businesses and community.
  • Fiscal Stewardship
    Our trusting relationships with our partners and funders are founded on fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability.


    We believe that economic development and community well-being should be mutually supporting. 

STRATEGic priorities

The strategic priorities are a link between the strategic foundation of the organization and the daily work and activities of the REN.


Our goal is to provide support, tools and programs for new, emerging and existing businesses while working with partners to enhance the region’s entrepreneurial culture. 



Our goal is to attract and retain employees/workers while identifying and helping to fill current and future needs and gaps for local employers.


Our goal is to support the strengthening, diversification and interconnectedness of the economic sectors.


Our goal is to enhance our collective and collaborative environment for great efficiency and effectiveness, strengthen relationships and leverage regional opportunities. 

Building on the 2021 – 2024 Strategic Plan, the Valley REN will focus on three critical deliverables in its 2022-2023 Business Plan. These three deliverables are essential and interconnected in advancing all aspects of the Business Plan. These three areas include:


Workforce Development

Labour, now more than ever, is a top challenge within all of our sectors. The regional workforce development strategy has shed light on the situation and given us the data we need to take the appropriate action best suited for
our regional needs. It is more important than ever to implement the recommendations from the strategy, which will be one of our critical priorities.


Regional Marketing

Due to the ongoing pandemic, and the skills shortages identified in our regional workforce development strategy, we are targeting the skills gaps in our region through the regional marketing initiative. A marketing campaign targeted at attracting skills gaps to the region will also be a critical priority for the REN.


Business Development

At our core, we provide supports for business. We assess businesses’ needs, provide navigation to resources and supports, provide referrals to start-ups and provide peer-to-peer opportunities relevant to companies across all sectors. We continue to assist businesses as they mitigate through, what we hope, are the end stages of this pandemic. As such, providing support to businesses will remain a critical priority for the success of our region.

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