It’s been a good week for Nova Scotia

In the world of economic development, getting media coverage is a key part of raising your community’s profile which is an important step in the ultimate attraction of businesses, people and investment.

Nova Scotia recieved not one but two major, positive media references this week. In a Business Week Online investing chat (and in the print version), Pat O’Neil, president of an influential investment firm, said that one of his favorite locations for investments is Nova Scotia. “We think Nova Scotia is going to be a big deal in the next five years,” O’Neil said. He went on to say that 10 Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, have established call centers in Nova Scotia as an answer to problems with overseas outsourcing.

In the other case, a California professor has written a book called ‘Retire in Style’ in which ranks the top 60 communities in North America to move to for retirement. Halifax ranks 9th out of 60 locations across North America among the top locations to retire. In the study, communities were rated on cost of living, transportation, retail services, health care, community services, cultural and educational activities, recreational activities, work and volunteer activities and crime rates and public safety.

Bravo, Nova Scotia and particularly Halifax.