ABOUT

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Established in December 2017, the Truro and Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity is a fresh, new organization driving economic development in the Colchester region of Nova Scotia.

 

We are group of business and community leaders who want to grow our region through small business support and community development.

 

We are a PARTNERSHIP of the local business community (through the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce), the Towns of Truro and Stewiacke, The Municipality of the County of Colchester, Millbrook First Nation and the Nova Scotia Government.

WHAT WE DO

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1. PROMOTE THE COLCHESTER REGION AS AN EXCELLENT PLACE TO LIVE, WORK, AND DO BUSINESS

Our region is awesome. We have great businesses, amazing community assets and a lifestyle offering that's attractive to people and businesses. We're working with local organizations and committees to do a better job telling our story.

 

  • Develop an inclusive regional identity to better market the Colchester region

  • Promote the benefits of doing business within the region (location, cost of business, lifestyle).

  • Increase awareness of businesses who are succeeding in Colchester, highlighting our strategic advantages.

  • Better leverage daily traffic traveling through the hub of Nova Scotia - more people stopping and experiencing our communities and best assets.

  • Coordinate and develop a regional online presence and promotional materials that draw people to the region.

  • Help the region host more events; build on the success of recent major sporting events (Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling, World Junior A Challenge, etc.) and explore more event opportunities in arts, culture and business.

2. SUPPORT BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Strong local businesses create job opportunities and drive economic growth. We help existing businesses understand their needs and link them to local services and programs.

  • Establish physical spaces for coworking and business innovation; aligning resources, partners and access to capital.

  • Develop a local business investment capital pool. Create criteria and a new fund to support 1-2 highly innovative youth entrepreneurship projects per year.

  • Implement BusinessNOW to improve community awareness & access to regional start-up programming and business support services.

  • Create a business mentorship system within Colchester, linking dynamic business leaders (here and abroad) with local businesses seeking mentorship and guidance.

  • Streamline site selector protocols and consolidate local business park information. (Online content and promotional materials).

  • Identify and support key clusters and sectors that differentiate the region.

  • Establish a regional confidential customer service / product feedback process to support a commitment to high standards of excellence – to strengthen the connection between clients and business leaders.

  • Improve entrepreneurship awareness in schools.

  • Cultivate entrepreneurship development opportunities at Dalhousie University and NSCC Truro. Support more business start-ups (and existing business) affiliated with Dalhousie and NSCC.

3. WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, ATTRACTION & RETENTION

We will assist employers with recruitment support to provide resources, tools and networks that will help them recruit and retain talent in the region.

  • Support businesses with development opportunities and help them navigate immigration and newcomer programs.

  • Develop welcoming services for new employees and their families.

  • Leverage current events to create positive experiences that allow local people and the immigrant community to connect, feel welcome and build relationships.

  • Increase the number of international students working in/with Colchester businesses. Encourage businesses to hire graduate students on an annual basis from local educational institutions.

  • Research the existing pay equity gap and explore steps to eliminate it – positioning our business community as a pay equity community.

  • Explore asset mapping options to service the local workforce needs. The asset maps will include senior, youth, immigrant and underemployed/unemployed information.

  • Host regular youth focus groups to assess local youth work opinions and perceptions of local workforce issues.

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