Colchester Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Mayors and Chief Breakfast welcoming municipal leaders to share information about initiatives being carried out in their areas.

During the breakfast meeting on May 19 in Truro, we heard from Colchester County Mayor Bob Taylor, Town of Truro Mayor Bill Mills, Town of Stewiacke Mayor Wendy Robinson and Millbrook First Nation Chief Bob Gloade.

Along with sharing details about new and ongoing infrastructure projects, re-branding, marketing and community and economic development activities, all four leaders reinforced the importance of regional co-operation, as well as celebrating our successes.

It has been an exciting spring for this region with several history-making accomplishments in our communities. Mayor Robinson spoke with great pride, sporting a shirt with Cameron Shipbuilding’s logo, about the national-headline making sea trails of the Katie Belle, a schooner built in Stewiacke by cousins Evan and Nick Densmore.

Chief Gloade shared that two new businesses have been attracted to the Truro Power Centre, a new strip mall will be constructed there and the former Saltscapes restaurant will be renovated to make it attractive to a new business. The Hampton Inn, a 94-room motel, at the power centre is also set to open this month.

Truro’s downtown core is receiving a major facelift, with plans to develop a civic square and the opening of a new library. Mayor Mills said the new library, which involved a more than $7 million investment to preserve a 100-year old architectural gem, is expected to be open by July.

Bay of Fundy Gateway project master planning is also building momentum with several stakeholder engagement sessions held around the county in recent weeks. Mayor Bob Taylor reiterated the importance of this project as an attraction to boost tourism for the region. He also spoke about more than 15 projects involving regional co-operation, such as the gateway, Rath Eastlink Community Centre, flood mitigation and the library; strengthening our communities by sharing resources and infrastructure.

Another great accomplishment for this area was the unveiling of a community-led project in Tatamagouche that saw it welcome the first road train in Canada on May 28. The train will offer transportation around the village during summer months stopping at key points of interest.

We all have a role to play in changing the narrative in this region and Nova Scotia. Sharing these successes is part of that process. We are surrounded by inspiring stories about determined people with innovative ideas brought to life with a resolve to succeed despite stumbling blocks that may hinder progress and they deserve to be told.

The Chamber is hosting an event on June 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Marigold Cultural Centre, showcasing the stories of a number of local business people as they share how their original ideas grew into solid business plans that continue to evolve to meet customer demands. The event, Partnership for Economic Prosperity or PEP Rally, is open to all business people and community stakeholders free of charge.

Colchester region is home to a strong and diverse business community, enviable social infrastructure and a wealth of cultural and tourism assets. The Chamber invites everyone to join us in positioning Colchester region for success at the rally as it builds support for economic development both financially and in spirit.

In June the Chamber will welcome Minister of Business and Tourism Mark Furey at a business breakfast on June 21, 8:30 a.m. at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. MP Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board of Canada, will be the Chamber’s guest speaker at a June 27 luncheon at noon (12 p.m.) the Holiday Inn.

For more information about the Chamber’s programs and events contact the office at 902-895-6328 or email

Sherry Martell is the Executive Director  of
the Truro & Colchester
Chamber of Commerce