Cape Breton, NS – The Cape Breton Partnership will be hosting a group of representatives from the Association of Cities of Vietnam (ACVN) for a technical mission as part of the Partnerships for Municipal Innovation: Local Economic Development (PMI-LED) project.

The Cape Breton Partnership, through the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network (CBREN), and the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities, entered into a four-year partnership with the ACVN in 2017 to develop capacity within their organization, foster prosperity, attract investment, and create business opportunities. The first three missions took place in 2017 and 2018 and saw representatives from participating organizations in Nova Scotia take part in strategic planning workshops and other working meetings in Vietnam.

“This technical mission will be an excellent opportunity to introduce our ACVN partners to Cape Breton Island, its industries, its businesses, and its community leaders,” says Carla Arsenault, President & CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership. “As Cape Breton’s private sector led economic development organization, the Partnership believes that strengthening our relationships on a global scale and learning about how other regions are working in the area of economic development is an important piece of furthering the island’s economic prosperity.”

Building on the momentum from the previous missions in Vietnam, this mission in Cape Breton will see delegates attending capacity-building workshops and presentations hosted by various Cape Breton organizations and subject-matter experts. The eight-day tour will also give participants an opportunity to learn about Cape Breton’s unique industries, as well as its diverse needs and opportunities across each municipality. Some of the planned activities will include meeting with officials from Cape Breton University, networking with municipal councillors, personalized tours from local businesses, and a visit to the Membertou Heritage Park.

Over the course of the project, the Cape Breton Partnership and Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities will help the ACVN strengthen its capacity to plan a community-led economic vision, to offer effective economic development projects and services to their communities, and to adopt policies and practices that promote inclusive and sustainable economic development. Specifically, they will be focused on institutional strengthening, training development, strategic planning, capacity building and policy development.

Media Contact:
Carla Arsenault, President & CEO
Cape Breton Partnership