What We Do
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.
Our strategic priorities are a link between the strategic foundation of the organization and the daily work and activities of the Valley 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.
We value and encourage new ideas that challenge the status quo.
We apply the best practices in our work and relationships.
In people, cultures, strengths, sectors, industries and capitals (human, financial, social, organizational, natural and cultural).
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.
WE BELIEVE IN:
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.
Succession Planning Pilot Program
Upon completion of the program, 90% of participants noted they had acquired relevant skills to help with the survival, growth and/or succession of their business. All participants indicated they would recommend the program.
SMART REGION PROJECT
The formal designation would be issued under the ISO 37120 standard managed by the World Council on City Data (ISO 37120 Sustainable Development of Communities: Indicators for City Services and Quality of Life).
As part of this project, the existing ISO 37120 standard – which includes 100 social, economic and service indicators across 17 themes – will be applied to rural communities.
Business Networking and Charity Expo
Kitpu (Eagle Watch Kick-OFF Party)
Michelin Workplace Skills Inventory
Upper Clements Parks Strategic Planning
Collective Impact Project
Business Acceleration AND RETENTION (BAR)
The Valley REN has shared this approach with other provincial RENs (Regional Enterprise Networks). This program focuses on ensuring value is being delivered to clients, helping to navigate public and private sector resources and capturing key business insights that lead to effective strategic and business planning for the REN and our partners.
“Seed”: Hacking Entrepreneurship in the Annapolis Valley
A documentary screening and expo held on November 21, 2017, at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. The documentary was co-organized by 14 organizations with the aim of beating the startup ecosystem drum for Global Entrepreneurship Week. More than 80 people attended the screening and expo.