Placemaking

Placemaking

At the centre of our work is the role of place in attracting people for economic development.

A place is a space that has meaning for people*. Our work is Placemaking – the planning and development and management of land and infrastructure with and for people. Place has an essential role in economic development. To create great places, we need to design places with those people for whom they are built, adding the value of diverse perspectives and creating connections.

In the knowledge economy, quality of life is a critical determinant of the decision to live and work in a community. In this context, the beauty, dynamism and accessibility of place is a significant contributor to the creation of a highly livable environment where people want to come together.

Great places signal quality of life. And quality of life drives the decision to put down roots. In the knowledge economy, industry and investment follow talent. “Almost 64% of college-educated 25- to 34-year-olds said they looked for a job only after they’d chosen the city where they wanted to live.”*

A focus on creating great places will contribute to the compelling and differentiating value proposition for Nova Scotia on a world stage, which is important not only to attract people to visit and to live, but also to support business growth in strategic sectors.

In the context of tourism, great places attract visitors who are looking for authentic, cultural experiences.** Tourism NS’s strategy directs investment in markets of highest yield including Authentic Experiencers and Cultural Explorers. Our seacoast is a key strength and driver of the decision to visit.**

Attractive urban environmental and cultural experiences are an important aspect of ‘placemaking’ in the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems. Great places are central to successful innovation districts.***

Attracting more people to visit, to live and to work in Nova Scotia is a key opportunity. Our unique and spectacular landscape, never more than 67 km from the sea, our diverse people and culture, and the province’s relative affordability position us well to attract people seeking quality of life. Develop Nova Scotia’s new mandate is to lead the placemaking strategy for Nova Scotia with Nova Scotians and will respond to this opportunity to build a province that is irresistible to people.

*Harvard Business Review, Back to the City, May 2010
**Tourism NS Strategy 2017-2022: https://tourismns.ca/tourismstrategy
***One year after: Observations on the rise of innovation districts Bruce Katz, Jennifer S. Vey, Julie Wagner, Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEWS

Evergreen Festival Charitable/Non-Profit Organization Opportunity

Develop Nova Scotia is curating a new festival for 2020, the Evergreen Festival. Taking place November 28 – December 21, this multi-week event will include a collection of outdoor experiences and events dispersed throughout Halifax on the waterfront and downtown.…

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Vendor Opportunity for Evergreen Market

Evergreen Festival is a new event in 2020 curated by Develop Nova Scotia, in conjunction with partners, from November 28 – December 20. Dispersed throughout downtown Halifax and along the Halifax waterfront, this  multi-week outdoor experience celebrates Nova Scotia’s culture,…

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Partnership Opportunity

Inspired by European-style Holiday Markets, in conjunction with partners, Develop Nova Scotia is curating the Evergreen Festival, scheduled for November 28 – December 21, 2020. Dispersed throughout downtown Halifax and the Halifax waterfront, this multi-week outdoor experience celebrating Nova Scotia’s…

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Access to High-Speed Internet for More Nova Scotians

Connection matters. Delivering Internet for Nova Scotians is a priority and we’re making progress. Projects that will deliver reliable, high-speed internet to 97% of Nova Scotia homes and businesses are officially underway. On September 1/20, Develop Nova Scotia announced the…

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Exploring Georges Island

It’s official! As of August 8, 2020 Georges Island will be open to explore for weekends, now extended up to and including Thanksgiving weekend, October 10 and 11. Situated in the heart of Halifax Harbour this national historic site reflects…

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Eastern Shore's Liscombe Lodge Has New Owner

Liscombe Lodge Resort and Conference Centre will continue to be a wonderful place to experience the spectacular Eastern Shore. The Province has sold Liscombe Lodge in Guysborough County to Hearthstone Hospitality Limited. The new owner will invest $1 million in upgrades in this iconic resort…

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Busking on the Waterfront

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Lunenburg Waterfront Highlights

Welcome to the Lunenburg Waterfront Association’s (LWAI’s) 16th summer review of our ongoing project to preserve and energize our working waterfront. Due to COVID’s public health precautions we have delayed our annual public symposium and have prepared a “virtual meeting report”…

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Small Commercial Marine Business Opportunities

It is an exciting time to be in Nova Scotia at the water’s edge. It is where our ocean economy is building. It is where world-class researchers and industry innovate and collaborate to connect with new markets. It is where…

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Arts District Design Competition

June 2020 Update — Phase one of the international Design Competition for the new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and vibrant Public Space is now complete. In early July phase two of the competition will commence, when three successful teams…

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