The Pictou County Chamber of Commerce is moving to East River Road as part of the re-development of the old Evening News building.
Jack Kyte, Chamber executive director, said the move offers some unique opportunities for the organization and Chamber members.
East River Road brings together several economic development focused organizations in one location, including IGNITE Labs, Nova Scotia Business Inc., and Destination Eastern and Northern Shores (DEANS). Building developer Jim Fitt’s Velsoft IT business shares the space resulting in a unique blend of private sector, government and non-profit organizations in one large complex.
The Chamber will have two office spaces in the building, one as the Chamber administration office, the other as co-working space available to Chamber members. The partnership with the other organizations also provides a variety of meeting, training and working spaces in several common work areas. As well, IGNITE has created a high tech “maker space” for entrepreneurs to work on innovative business ideas.
“This is truly a modern concept and we want the business community to feel it is their space to come for assistance, to work on ideas or to take part in a variety of events and activities planned for the future,” said Kyte.
He said the Bridgeview Square offices, where the Chamber was located for the past six years, allowed the Chamber to grow its membership and open the business community’s first co-working experience.