Cape Breton Island – Mulgrave Prosperity Framework Gaining Momentum
July 17, 2012 (SYDNEY, NS) – The Prosperity Framework has received a boost this month with the appointment of two key resources to lead the implementation of the recently released economic strategy for Cape Breton Island – Mulgrave.
John Malcom, recently retired CEO of the Cape Breton District Health Authority, has been appointed as the volunteer chairperson of the team that will oversee the implementation of the Prosperity Framework. As well, Jody MacArthur has been hired to manage the implementation of the Framework.
The Prosperity Framework is a result of unprecedented collaboration between many business and community stakeholders who have been working towards developing this shared vision of prosperity for Cape Breton Island and Mulgrave. The Prosperity Framework will help to guide and coordinate economic development activities over the next several years. While there has been a great deal accomplished to date, it is recognized that there is much work ahead to advance the economy in Cape Breton-Mulgrave.
“We are very pleased that both John and Jody have come on board to lead the implementation phase of the Prosperity Framework,” said Keith MacDonald, Executive Director of the Cape Breton Partnership, the organization that has led the development of the Prosperity Framework to this point. “John’s leadership and dedication to our community is unwavering as demonstrated by him taking on this role.”
John Malcom was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Cape Breton District Health Authority from 2001 until his recent retirement. During that time, he also served as Interim President and CEO for the Capital Health District for a six month period in 2006 as the organization searched for a new President and CEO. From 1997 to 2000, Malcom was the CEO of the Cape Breton Healthcare Complex, an organization created when the four hospital organizations in Cape Breton County agreed to a voluntary merger. Malcom’s extensive volunteer experience has touched organizations such as Cape Breton University, Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University and many more.
MacArthur’s experience in economic development, public and stakeholder relations in both Halifax and Sydney will prove beneficial as the Prosperity Framework is implemented. She spent more than 7 years working in economic development with the Greater Halifax Partnership in various roles. Since her return to Cape Breton, MacArthur has consulted with businesses and organizations in her roles with ICON Communications & Marketing and the Celtic Heart of North America. Prior to that, she held positions with MT&L Public Relations, ISL web marketing & development and the Province of Nova Scotia. MacArthur is also a founding member of Halifax’s first young professional’s organization, FUSION Halifax.
“Jody’s skills in public relations and her economic development experience are a great fit for the role as she leads the implementation of the Framework and works with the many stakeholders to achieve the vision set out in the Framework,” said MacDonald.
Numerous stakeholders from business, government and community organizations came together to develop the Prosperity Framework with consultation sessions held across Cape Breton Island and the Town of Mulgrave. More than 200 groups and individuals were engaged throughout the consultation process and respondents also contributed to the process through an online survey.
Industry sector teams are currently being formed to review and refine priority issues identified in the Prosperity Framework in order to coordinate efforts and resources in key areas.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and the Province of Nova Scotia are supporting the implementation phase of the Prosperity Framework. For more information about the Prosperity Framework, visit www.prosperityframework.com.