The county is experiencing the challenges common to all of Cape Breton — diminishing population and an aging demographic. Richmond County is a relatively small municipality but has had a history of launching some innovative programs, such as investing in physician recruitment and being the first municipality in Nova Scotia to mandate the use of clear garbage bags. It also has the distinction of having among the lowest property tax rates in the province.
“We’re all focused on economic development, how can we move our regions forward, how can we work as a team trying to bring business and even population to Cape Breton,” MacIntyre said.
He acknowledged the importance of working with partners such as the Cape Breton Partnership, the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Nova Scotia Business Inc.