TRURO - Final steps are being taken to pave the way for the hiring of a new economic development officer for Colchester County.
Council committee last week provided in-principle approval that the position of economic development officer be created and that the competition process begin for candidates for the position.
"I think it's very important that we have somebody that understands business (and has a track record to support it)," Mayor Bob Taylor said.
Colchester council decided earlier this year that it would not be supporting the Regional Enterprise Network system being proposed by the province to replace regional economic development agencies, such as the Colchester Regional Development Agency (CoRDA), which are being shut down.
Once hired, an economic development officer for Colchester County would be responsible for developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating business development initiatives for the municipality.
The individual will also be responsible for developing and executing an economic strategy plan to encourage economic growth while also developing and initiating a marketing strategy to attract investors, businesses and new residents to the area.
The recommended salary range is between $60,878 and $70,599. Funding for the position is to come from unspent funds initially intended for CoRDA.
"The incumbent will create a climate that will stimulate new business opportunities by way of networking and building relationships with local, regional, national and international business leaders to secure new business development solutions and to develop relationships with other municipalities for collaboration of new businesses and economic growth opportunities," a staff report to council says.