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Amherst looking for new business development officer

AMHERST – Amherst is hiring a new business development officer after the retirement of its director of economic development.

Amherst is hiring a new business development officer following the retirement, effective Sept. 30, of economic development director Roger MacIsaac (right).

Roger MacIsaac is retiring at the end of September after more than a decade of service to the town.

“Roger has had a huge impact on business and community development in Amherst,” Mayor Robert Small said.

Small said MacIsaac’s impressive list of contacts in business and government have served the town well over his years of service.

“From the recruitment and attraction of businesses like Gordon’s Food Services, Staples, Walmart and many, many more to overseeing the renovation of the Amherst Stadium, the conversion of our streetlights to LED technology and more recently the renovation of the Confederation Memorial Building to the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre, Roger’s work has been a huge, positive impact on this community,” Small said.

MacIsaac’s work with Escalante in the Philippines was recognized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in 2013. Between 2002 and 2009, MacIsaac, who came to the town from the provincial economic development department, was the local co-ordinator for the Amherst-Escalante partnership.

The new business development officer, announced during a special town council meeting on Friday, will document, understand and effectively communicate the demographic and business investment profile of Amherst and make recommendations and implement strategies to improve the key sectors of these profiles.

The position will also emphasize the goals and game changes of the One Nova Scotia Report in its work plans and will compliment, but not duplicate, the efforts of the new Cumberland Business Connector.

Recruitment will begin immediately and the town hopes to have the new person in position in early October.

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