TRURO - Town officials are in Austria hoping to bring business and jobs back to Truro.
Truro Mayor Bill Mills, town CAO Jim Langille and industrial promotion officer Rob Turner are spending a week in the European country talking with officials from Hilber Solar and visiting bio mass plants in that area that serves about 5,000 people. Mills hopes Truro can mimic the solar-based project.
"We hope to duplicate some projects in our area ... an announcement (is) to be made within the next two weeks on a sustainability plan with use of a multitude of green projects," Mills told the Truro Daily News from Austria.
Deputy Mayor Charles Cox described the potential partnership as a way to "acquire a top-of-the-line solar panel and wind generation company to build in our industrial park, which could bring about 300 jobs to this area."
Cox added a lithium battery company is also showing interest in coming to Truro and both companies are pleased with Truro's proximity to Halifax and its shipbuilding contract.
Cox said the solar energy concept features a "different style of wind turbines that's more economical and more environmentally friendly than big blades" and has been in progress for about six months. Town officials met in Toronto earlier this year with solar representatives and then they visited Truro shortly after. Cox said there's a reason why not a lot of information was shared with the public to date.
"It hasn't been a secret. It wasn't fully broadcast because why alert our competition? We got an MOU (memorandum of understanding) (and) we would not handle something this important in an email. Heavy negotiation has to be done face-to-face. I'm hoping they come home with further negotiations ... if we can pull it off it's a feather in our hat."
Mills reported the meetings in Austria have been "outstanding ... they are way ahead of the game over here in sustainability."
The business trip cost $5,000 each for Mills, Langille and Turner to attend. Mills said because of the cost he will not attend other conferences in the near future.
"Needless to say all conferences for me for the rest of the year are done."
Town officials said more information on the trip, and potential developments, will soon be available.