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ESREN to research broadband and cell phone connectivity

The Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network is taking a closer look at broadband and general connectivity.  CEO John Beaton told ESREN’s annual meeting in Guysborough poor internet connection is an impediment to starting a home business due to the inability to participate in e-commerce and supply chain activities.  Beaton says data gathered for the province shows poor connectivity accounts for 25 to 50 per cent of rural job losses.  Beaton says lack of cell phone service in some areas and drop outs are also a concern.  Beaton says the REN has  established a connectivity committee to explore the issue.
Beaton says there is provincial funding available for improvements with the $120 million Nova Scotia Internet Trust.  He says an application will be filed, but having solid data will be key
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ESREN to hold AGM in Guysborough

The CEO of the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network says the organization is entering its third year, is past its start-up phase and is now taking on some new projects.   ESREN will hold its Annual General Meeting at the Chedabucto Lifetyle Complex in Guysborough Wednesday afternoon at 3.  John Beaton says discussion at the meeting will focus on several issues.

 

Beaton says other developments in the past year include Start-Up Port Hawkesbury, which resulted in several new companies in the town and the expansion of another into the community.  The guest speaker at the event is well known Antigonish businessman Steve Smith.

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Mulgrave to become part of ESREN in July

Mulgrave Town Council is joining the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network.

Mulgrave CAO Jim Davis said council wanted to join the network, for the fiscal year ending 2019,

in part because they are entering a time of flux with the Mulgrave Memorial Education centre.

Mulgrave Memorial Education Centre (Strait Regional Centre for Education Photo)

The town will take ownership of the school at the end of the current school year.

Davis said ESREN will provide administrative support to the working committee dealing with the school.

Davis said the town previously applied to be a part of ESREN but then withdrew their application before it was formally accepted.

The town will officially join the network in July. The town’s contribution to ESREN is $9,928 dollars.

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District of Guysborough Outlines Reasons for Serving Notice to Leave ESREN

Following its most recent budget deliberations, council for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough voted to serve notice of withdrawing from the

Guysborough District Warden Vernon Pitts

Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network. Warden Vernon Pitts said the municipality did not serve notice because they are definitely leaving the ESREN but stated the municipalities must give a year’s notification if they are contemplating leaving.

Pitts said council is considering the move because of budgetary reasons. With the district raising its tax rates recently and cutting programs by 25 per cent, Pitts said the ESREN is no different. Down the road, he said, if things don’t turn around for the Guysborough District, it may have to be leave but added it is too early say.

“We were faced with the predicament of either we give notice to the REN or we withdraw funding from our own economic development office and we will not be withdrawing funding from our own economic development office,” said the warden.

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Antigonish County Municipality gives notice to leave ESREN

Antigonish County Council has given notice to withdraw from the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network.

Antigonish County Warden Owen McCarron

However Warden Owen McCarron said at this point, it’s business as usual between the county and ESREN.

 

McCarron added the one year time period will give the county a chance to sit down with their colleagues in Guysborough and find out their intentions.

The County of Antigonish is the biggest contributor to ESREN, McCarron said, adding the funding is calculated by population.

 

McCarron said he hopes this time next year ESREN will still be in operation, adding it takes time for such an organization to establish themselves. He said they have done great work so far and have an excellent team in place.

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Antigonish submits notice to leave Eastern-Strait Regional Enterprise Network

The Town of Antigonish has submitted a letter to potentially leave the Eastern-Strait Regional Enterprise Network.

Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher

During last night’s regular monthly council meeting, Mayor Laurie Boucher said although the town has submitted a letter, they’re not giving up on ESREN.

She said with the Municipality of the District of Guysborough giving their notice, Port Hawkesbury following suit, and Antigonish County looking at giving their notice, the town decided to submit a letter as well. However, she said that doesn’t mean they are actually leaving and there is still time to rescind.

Boucher said she is hopeful the REN will continue.

 

She said the CAOs are meeting next week, and councils will have a lot more information after that meeting.

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Start Up Competition in Port Hawkesbury has field narrowed

A start-up competition based out of Port Hawkesbury is down to 10 contestants, hoping to win a package that will spin their small business dream into a reality. The Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network is encouraging the entrepreneurial culture in Port Hawkesbury by giving contestants the chance to win 2 years of rent free in the town, along with a $20,000 business loan and a slew of other perks.
Misty MacDonald is the Project lead with the REN, and says that it’s refreshing to see a wide variety of business ideas coming from the 10 remaining contestants. MacDonald says that the diversity of business ideas range from a doggy day care, a photo studio and music stop.
MacDonald says the groups will now prepare a Dragon’s Den style two minute presentation for judges.
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Maria Ludlow to become ESREN’s Economic Development Officer in Guysborough County

The Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network has an Economic Development Officer for Guysborough and St. Mary’s.  She’s Maria Ludlow, a Guysborough County

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native, with more than ten years of combined financial and administrative experience.  Ludlow, who has spent the past decade in Ottawa, is a graduate of St. FX University’s Business Administration program.  Ludlow will be posted to the REN’s Guysborough office.

Her responsibilities will be to identify and establish economic development opportunities in the area.  That includes business retention and expansion, industrial sector development through research and promoting the region to new and existing businesses.