Jobs surge in the Annapolis Valley

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Jobs surge in the Annapolis Valley

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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Annapolis Valley Labour Market Trends: September 2017

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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Report from the Valley REN Annual General Meeting

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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Annapolis Valley in the spotlight at Boston Globe Travel Show

MEDIA RELEASE Jointly issued by the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Regional Enterprise Network                                     The Annapolis Valley was in the spotlight at the Boston Globe Travel Show from February 10 to 12 in Boston, Massachusetts. Regional tourism partners shared a booth with Bay Ferries to promote Nova Scotia destinations. During the weekend…

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2016: A good year for jobs in the Annapolis Valley

The Annapolis Valley region recorded a steady and significant rise in employment in 2016 compared with 2015. According to preliminary annual figures just released by Statistics Canada, the Valley gained 1,200 jobs in 2016, an increase of 2.2 per cent. Most of the new jobs, however, were part-time. This rise in part-time work relative to…

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Employment growing faster than Halifax in the Annapolis Valley

In the Annapolis Valley, jobs in the manufacturing sector were noticeably high in August and September. MEDIA RELEASE: October 12, 2016 Employment growth in the Annapolis Valley outpaced Halifax in the first nine months of 2016 compared with the same period last year, according to a new report on labour market trends. The report, based on…

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The Valley REN journey: Part 3

“Economic development is a team sport.” Economic development is a team sport. Citizens, business and the public sector are all key contributors and essential partners in shaping the local economy. Like any great team – we need to work together towards a common goal. With a vision of communities working together to create a prosperous…

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

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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Welcome to our New Website and Weekly Blog

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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Our Journey Here, Part 1: Building the Foundation

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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