The quality of connection we feel to our community is strongly influenced by the extent to which we have places to gather. Great places are magnetic, they attract people and bring them together. Our greatest economic opportunity lies in our ability to attract people to our province and our work at Develop Nova Scotia focuses on strengthening place, a differentiator and an advantage for Nova Scotia. As important as attracting new people here is attracting all Nova Scotians to engage and participate in our economy and our communities. We know strong communities contribute to health, happiness and well-being, as well as resilience. And so, we strive to build places and spaces that actively encourage and promote such social connection. We do that by building them with the people who live here. We build places that attract people and in building them with the people who call them home, we also build community.
Our people are a passionate bunch of placemakers—engineers, planners, program developers, property managers and maintainers, storytellers, stewards of public investment, believers, dreamers, doers.