CRDA Wind Down
After more than 17 years of successfully facilitating hundreds of community economic development projects and initiatives throughout Cumberland County, the Cumberland Regional Development Authority (formerly known as CREDA) is in the process of winding down and is targeting June 30th as the end date for operations. The 12 Regional Development Authorities (RDAs) in Nova Scotia will be ceasing operations over the next several months following the decision to transition Nova Scotia’s economic development delivery model to a new Regional Enterprise Network (REN) structure.
The Cumberland RDA Board of Directors will hold its last AGM in June. Staff at the RDA’s Amherst office has been significantly reduced although the office will remain open, with minimal staffing, while the wind down is being completed.
Meanwhile, the board and remaining staff are working diligently to wrap up the RDA’s long-term involvement in several large outstanding projects prior to June 30th. It’s anticipated that the restoration of the Lobster Factory, the final phase of the Thinkers’ Lodge rehabilitation project in Pugwash, will be completed by the end of June. Cumberland RDA has been responsible for the capital build phase of the entire restoration project, while operations will continue to be the responsibility of the Pugwash Park Commission with the help of a newly established Thinkers’ Lodge Committee.
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park in Advocate Harbour is working with Nova Scotia Natural Resources for the province to fully assume operation and management of the park for the 2013 fiscal year. The Cape Chignecto Management Board, a sub-committee of CRDA, is working with the RDA and DNR to determine its future role, if any, moving forward.
The Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site has been operating fully independent of CRDA since 2009/2010 although the two have continued to enjoy a productive, long-term relationship.
The complex process of winding down operations is being supported by a Transition Team consisting of board members, senior staff, the CAOs of all five municipal units, as well as representatives from Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development and Tourism and ACOA.