Placemaking

“Place” is at the centre of our work to attract people and enable 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 plays an essential role in economic development. To create great places, we need to design them with the people who will use them, 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, appeal, 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 Market Vendor Opportunity

September 15, 2022 — Halifax, NS: The Evergreen Festival will bring the spirit of the season to Halifax from November 25-December 18, 2022. Local busine… ...

September 15, 2022 — Halifax, NS: The Evergreen Festival will bring the spirit of the season to Halifax from November 25-December 18, 2022. Local businesses and organizations are invited get involved as Evergreen Market ve…

New Fibre Internet Projects Announced

High-speed internet will reach another 40 Nova Scotia homes and businesses through scope expansion projects with Seaside Communications and Bell as part… ...

High-speed internet will reach another 40 Nova Scotia homes and businesses through scope expansion projects with Seaside Communications and Bell as part of the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative. The locations are located…

Satellite Internet Program Expansion

August 11, 2022 — Halifax, NS: The recently announced Satellite Internet Service Rebate program is expanding to help more Nova Scotians get access to in… ...

August 11, 2022 — Halifax, NS: The recently announced Satellite Internet Service Rebate program is expanding to help more Nova Scotians get access to internet services faster. Starting today, August 11, the program will ac…

Province Invests in Satellite Internet

July 29, 2022 — Halifax, NS: The government is helping homes and businesses get internet where there is no access to wired or wireless solutions. The Sa… ...

July 29, 2022 — Halifax, NS: The government is helping homes and businesses get internet where there is no access to wired or wireless solutions. The Satellite Internet Service Rebate program announced today, July 29, will…

New Projects Announced for Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative

July 5, 2022 — Halifax, NS: High-speed internet access will reach a further 273 Nova Scotia homes and businesses through a scope expansion project with… ...

July 5, 2022 — Halifax, NS: High-speed internet access will reach a further 273 Nova Scotia homes and businesses through a scope expansion project with Eastlink as part of the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative. The expan…

18th Annual Lunenburg Waterfront Symposium

Lunenburg, NS — Thank you to those who joined Lunenburg Waterfront Association Inc. and Develop Nova Scotia for the 18thAnnual Lunenburg Waterfront Symp… ...

Lunenburg, NS — Thank you to those who joined Lunenburg Waterfront Association Inc. and Develop Nova Scotia for the 18thAnnual Lunenburg Waterfront Symposium & Information Update on June 25, 2022. View the Lunenburg Wa…

Join our Team – Business Developer & Programming Manager

Our people are a passionate and industrious bunch of placemakers. We’re engineers, planners, architects, designers, program developers, property manager… ...

Our people are a passionate and industrious bunch of placemakers. We’re engineers, planners, architects, designers, program developers, property managers, storytellers, creatives, pragmatists, stewards of public investment…

Retail Opportunities at Salt Yard

Bring your local flair and flavour to the Halifax waterfront this summer and join over 25 small local businesses in Salt Yard—one of the Halifax waterfr… ...

Bring your local flair and flavour to the Halifax waterfront this summer and join over 25 small local businesses in Salt Yard—one of the Halifax waterfront’s most vibrant districts. Develop Nova Scotia is seeking potential…

High-Speed Internet to Reach More Nova Scotians with Eastlink and Bell

April 21, 2022—Halifax, NS: Access to high-speed internet will reach another 400 Nova Scotian homes and businesses under new contracts with Eastlink and… ...

April 21, 2022—Halifax, NS: Access to high-speed internet will reach another 400 Nova Scotian homes and businesses under new contracts with Eastlink and Bell signed by Develop Nova Scotia. Eastlink will expand access to 66…

Local Art Business Opportunity in Peggy’s Cove’s Historic deGarthe Studio

April 14, 2022 — Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia: Full of character, history, and ocean views, Peggy’s Cove is the perfect place for creativity to thrive. Dev… ...

April 14, 2022 — Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia: Full of character, history, and ocean views, Peggy’s Cove is the perfect place for creativity to thrive. Develop Nova Scotia is seeking local artists, makers, and craftspeople to…