The South Shore Regional Enterprise Network was incorporated in August of 2014. The network represents a partnership between the Province of Nova Scotia and nine municipal units; Municipality of the Districts of Chester, Lunenburg and Shelburne; the Towns of Bridgewater, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg, Lockeport and Shelburne; as well as the Region of Queens. The Liaison and Oversight Committee immediately launched a recruitment effort to appoint a Board of Directors that would represent the business community.
The Board held their first meeting in March of 2015 and began operations in January 2016. The Province of Nova Scotia is a partner and provides 50% of the funding, with the nine municipal units providing the remaining 50%.
The SSREN Core Activities
- Develop, implement, and monitor a Regional Economic Development Strategy that is reflective of current provincial and regional (participating municipal and First Nation
band councils) economic development priorities. The strategy should consider assets, the business community, sector strengths, and regional challenges and opportunities. The strategy should also align with sector strengths, and regional challenges and opportunities. The strategy should also align with provincial priorities in order to maximise the REN's leverage of programs, policies and services.
- Cultivate close working relationships with the business community and work with key partners to support the development and attraction of new businesses, and retain and expand existing businesses. RENs will support local businesses in navigating, and making referrals to programs and services.
- Inform partners and stakeholders about local business climate conditions as well as regional challenges and opportunities. RENs will work with partners and stakeholders to provide investment-readiness and labour market information.
- To deliver strategic tourism services to the South Shore REN area, including but not limited to: a strategic tourism strategy that would be prepared in conjunction with partners and stakeholders; providing supports to visitor information centres; working with the province to develop a strategic area for targeted delivery of these services; and any other tourism/marketing-related requirements.