Hants RDA Proclaims Business Friendly Climate
Hants Regional Development Authority proclaims “Business-friendly climate an asset for Hants County”
Proximity to major US and Canadian markets, excellent transportation links and a community that truly supports local enterprise combine to make Hants County a great place to do business, say local business leaders who participated in a new investment attraction strategy.
Launched by the Hants Regional Development Authority in late June, the Investment Attraction strategy is designed to communicate the benefits of doing business in Hants in order to attract more employers to the region, says Hants RDA Executive Director Claude O’Hara.
“Hants County offers excellent schools, proximity to Halifax and major transportation links, and a community that’s willing to stand behind its workforce,” says O’Hara. “This is a great community in which to live and do business.”
From major employers such as Minas Basin Pulp and Power, to Windsor-based international development consultancy STR Consulting, the companies list a range of benefits associated with locating in Hants County. These strengths include affordable, accessible land that is zoned for commercial development, proximity to the airport, excellent IT infrastructure and a stable, trained workforce. Other companies included in the initiative ranged from charity support firm Red Letter Philanthropy Counsel to internationally-recognized biotech firm Biomedica Diagnostics.
Business support offered through the Hants RDA’s Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) program help connect businesses to the resources they need to compete internationally. Working with Hants RDA’s BRE Executive Rob Frost, Sustainable Fish Farming Canada Ltd. was able to tap into local resources and funding to support a planned expansion, as well as identify potential staff. “The RDA is a wonderful resource and have great connections for business,” says CEO Kirk Havercroft.