UPDATED: More municipal units moving towards Colchester, Cumberland REN

Published on July 7, 2014

More municipal units in Pictou County have made their intentions known regarding the regional enterprise networks.

At Monday’s town council meeting, Stellarton passed a motion to join the regional enterprise network that is comprised of units in Cumberland and Colchester counties, also known as REN 4. Their reasoning on passing the motion before receiving the inter-government agreement was so that they wouldn’t slow down the process and because they wanted to stay with other Pictou County units.

The Regional Enterprise Networks, a partnership between municipal representatives and businesses, the province and economic development groups to encourage economic growth, began to develop following the end of the Regional Development Agencies in 2012.

The Municipality of Pictou County and Town of New Glasgow have previously discussed REN 4 as the option they were leaning towards.

Pictou discussed it at a special meeting on June 26.

After a recent information session between all six units on June 25 with the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, Pictou Mayor Joe Hawes said New Glasgow and the Municipality of Pictou County would likely pull the four other units towards REN 4 as all six wanted to remain together and they had already made a decision.

At the Pictou County council meeting Monday, RENS also came up. Asked about a timeline, Warden Ron Baillie said they had talked about having the selection process for people who will be on the REN and everything else done by the end of 2014 with the intentions of starting in 2015.

At a meeting on Tuesday, Trenton council opted to base their decision on what the other municipal units decide to do in an effort to keep the county together.

Though they questioned whether there has been a solid argument towards either option, joining with Colchester and Cumberland counties versus uniting with Antigonish and Guysborough counties, councillors said it’s already in formation.

They agreed that it wouldn’t make sense to divide the units among different RENs.

Westville meets on July 28 and is expected to discuss RENs during this meeting.