To lead sustainable development of high potential property and infrastructure to drive inclusive economic growth in Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia is among the world’s great places.
Building on our ocean advantage, together with our partners and our community, we will develop authentic, sustainable places in Nova Scotia that are irresistible to people and investment.
A location becomes a place in the same way a house becomes a home. Places are locations that have meaning for people, and it is people who give them meaning. They reflect our unique character, diverse culture, collective heritage and shared aspirations. There are reasons that make you want to come back to a great place, or stay longer—like thoughtful infrastructure, interesting activities, and good management. They are authentic and connected, livable and lovable, and they create a sense of belonging.
Whether attracting people to make a life here, businesses to invest, entrepreneurs to cluster for innovation or visitors to explore our province, quality of place plays a central role in the decision to come here over somewhere else.
To build places with everyone, our diverse communities should feel empowered to participate in creating the place. When people belong, they feel they have a say in shaping places that attract people and investment to Nova Scotia.
Develop Nova Scotia stewards great places in Nova Scotia to maximize their potential to drive inclusive economic growth.
public and stakeholder engagement
We engage with public and private sector organizations, as well as the public at large, to understand community priorities and design projects, properties and programs that are inclusive, that are uniquely Nova Scotian, and that reflect our shared heritage and aspirations.
land and infrastructure planning
We plan projects that maximize economic value and prioritize social inclusion and environmental sustainability. We preserve public access to the water’s edge and prioritize people in our planning.
infrastructure development and management
Our multi-year development projects attract private and public investment and enhance strategic properties and infrastructure. These destinations, for locals and visitors, support strategic sector and entrepreneurial growth and contribute to the magnetism of Nova Scotia as a place to live.
property and project management
Our portfolio includes some of Nova Scotia’s highest profile and most visited properties. We have expertise in commercial, industrial and public realm property management, including specialized expertise in the management of marine infrastructure and complex public–private sector project partnerships.
business and program development
Our assets are platforms for business, innovators, events, and social enterprise to flourish and the community to come together. Revenue generated from operations is reinvested in the property for public benefit.
Annual Report 2019-2020
Our 2019-20 Annual Report is a reflection on the work we did before the world went sideways.
Develop Nova Scotia builds things. But how we build them matters as much as what we build. Our goal is for the projects we develop to contribute to authentic, inclusive, sustainable places where people love to be. A place-based approach to economic development provides more opportunities for community participation, inclusion, and resilience. So that the most important thing we build is community.
We’re proud of our accomplishments. We are humbly learning to do a better job of engaging our broad and diverse community to contribute to the creation of places where everyone can belong. But we aren’t too humble to celebrate some of the projects we’ve undertaken this year them with the people from our communities who make them possible. In the spirit of sharing both effort and kudos, this report highlights some of our collective achievements from 2019-20.
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