TRURO –  A pilot project focused on business attraction and retention has taken a step forward with the selection of a business-led board.

The nine-person board was selected following a nomination process which saw many diverse individuals across the county express an interest in participating. Those chosen for the inaugural board are Jo Ann Fewer, Dr. David Gray, Stephanie Jones, Dianne Kelderman, Jennifer Hamilton-Upham, Bruce Casey, Mark Wood, Don Hay and Steve Johnston.

“We saw a tremendous response from the business community with so many high quality candidates,” said Truro Mayor Bill Mills. “Choosing who would be part of the initial board was difficult, however, we feel we have a diverse group that balances youth, experience and business backgrounds that bring skill and knowledge we need at the table.”

In the weeks ahead, the board will be tasked with preparing a budget, setting a strategic direction and identifying staffing needs to meet an anticipated launch of early spring.

“Our Councils recognize collaboration with the business community is key,” said Colchester County Mayor Christine Blair. “Who better than those in business to lead this initiative of growing our economy?  Their knowledge is crucial to our success.”

The business development enterprise, a combined effort of the Colchester region municipalities, Millbrook First Nation and the business community, will bring a focused approach to business attraction and retention in this area.

“Collectively, the funding partners, key stakeholders and the new board are excited and enthusiastic about the opportunities an identifiable regional business development organization offers the region,” said Andrew Lake, President of the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce.  “It will support existing and prospective business while being catalyst to job creation and population growth.”