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Input needed from Truro businesses for long-term retention and expansion program


TRURO - Truro businesses are asked to participate in a strategy to help increase economic development in the area.

The Town of Truro is working on a community economic development program to grow business and improve economic development.

Alison Grant, Truro's business development officer, confirmed with the Truro Daily News working with existing businesses is key to the project.

"Existing businesses are valuable ... and 80 per cent of new jobs are created through existing job expansion," Grant told this paper regarding the value of including current businesses in future economic development.

Input from local businesses is being sought through the first stage of the retention and expansion program. An online survey (http://www.truro.ca/business-retention-a-expansion-program.html) began Tuesday and letters were expected to be sent on Wednesday to local businesses seeking input about local needs, their future plans and how the business environment in Truro could be improved.

Face-to-face interviews are encouraged as well. Individual information and comments will be confidential and will be collected for three months.

"Then we will tabulate results and find common themes ... which will help us to develop a long-term economic strategy," said Grant.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, call Grant at 902-956-1463, or email agrant@truro.ca. The questionnaire is also available at town hall on Prince Street.

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