Regional enterprise networks again debated in county council

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TRURO – The idea of delving into a greater commitment to a regional enterprise network in Colchester County has resulted in mixed opinions, again.

Coun. Christine Blair brought the topic up during last week’s regular Colcheter County council meeting, suggesting the municipality again consider becoming an active participant in the regional enterprise network (REN).

“I don’t think we should completely close that door,” said Blair, also suggesting the county’s economic development officer, Joy O’Neill, who was hired by the county in late winter, should present council with an update of the municipality’s advancements in economic development as well as be directed to participate in the REN.

Other members of council were not receptive to that idea.

“I have no interest in our economic development officer being a part in a REN,” said Coun. Tom Taggart.

Mayor Bob Taylor said the topic has been discussed multiple times and things should remain status quo.

“We could help (REN) in an ad hoc (capacity) but the economic development officer has a lot on the go. We’ve talked about this many times already,” said Taylor. “I think we are going in the right direction … we work with everybody and we will talk to anybody. We are starting slow but we will make it work.”

A regional enterprise network aims to provide regional economic leadership, assist in the development of economic strategies and offer support to small local businesses. The initiative replaces local regional development associations, which recently shut down after federal funding was discontinued.

 

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