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A KPMG study showing the low cost of doing business in Nova
Scotia, will boost commerce and confidence in communities across
Nova Scotia, Economic Renewal Minister Robbie Harrison said

The study, sponsored by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency,
shows Atlantic Canada locations have a significant business cost
advantage over U.S. cities. It compared Atlantic Canadian and
U.S. centres and three Nova Scotia communities topped the list.

"We've got to believe in this study and we've got to believe in
ourselves," Mr. Harrison said.

Yarmouth, Kentville and Truro led the field in cost
competitiveness. The survey's findings support similar studies by
KPMG and the Globe and Mail last year, which show Halifax as a
business leader in national and international markets.

"We've known Nova Scotia's communities are superb places to do
business for a long time. Now we have to sell that fact
world-wide and the Regional Development Authorities are the
perfect vehicles to promote our regional centres," says Harrison.

The Regional Development Authorities were established by the Nova
Scotia government during the past two years. Today, the minister
introduced legislation to entrench them in law. The RDA's
coordinate, facilitate and motivate community economic
development in all regions of the province. Community Economic
Development services are already being delivered, and many RDA's
have already developed strategic plans, which include selecting
practical, viable projects and activities to create jobs.

The Regional Community Development Act officially recognizes the
RDA's, encouraging and facilitating community based planning for
economic, social and institutional change.

"Communities are taking their rightful place at the table of
economic renewal. They've been given the decision-making ability
to determine their own future," said Mr. Harrison. "The KPMG
study should be used to boost confidence and to encourage

The structure of the act was defined in consultation with the
RDA's to ensure their individual needs were incorporated into the
legislation. It brings all the RDA's under one umbrella and
confirms the areas and goals identified by municipalities across
Nova Scotia. "We've consulted and listened and this is the viable
working model that has developed," Mr. Harrison said.

Those identified goals may be further strengthened this spring as
the government is working on unveiling a financial program to
encourage more Nova Scotians to invest in community development

The regional development authorities themselves lead and
coordinate communities in developing their local planning
capability and community entrepreneurship, promoting business
investment, jobs and opportunities for individuals through
education and training.

"The Regional Community Development Act represents a major step
forward in the government's commitment to improve the economic
and social conditions of rural and urban areas of the province,"
Mr. Harrison said.


Contact: Steve Warburton  902-424-0927

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