New economic development officer for the county

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TRURO – Colchester County has hired a new economic development officer.

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Joy O’Neill bringing 7 years of economic development experience to this newly created position. She will be tasked with developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating economic and business development initiatives within the municipality including providing support to ongoing developmental activities and business community.

“I am very excited to be with the county and have already started working on several growth projects,” O’Neill said in a news release. “Colchester strategically has so much to offer, both to business and to its residents. I understand firsthand the challenges faced by smaller scale Nova Scotia businesses and look forward to meeting with and assisting Colchester‐based businesses, as well as businesses which could consider making their home in Colchester County”.

The new officer brings a wealth of experience from the Annapolis‐Digby area, where she worked with the Annapolis‐Digby Regional Development Agency. Her portfolios there included the tourism, manufacturing, retail and agriculture sectors. Additionally, she brings corporate management experience as well as background in international banking. She holds a master’s degree as well as a certificate in economic development.

Organizations: Digby Regional Development Agency

Geographic location: Colchester County, Annapolis, Nova Scotia Digby

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