Thursday, October 15, 2009

What about the Regional Development Authorities (RDAs)?

I've had some folks ask, "What about the regional development offices, ... is it not their job in Nova Scotia to look after development in the area?(... continued)

Taken at face value, that may seem like a fair question but, ... think about it.

Look, I have just enormous respect for these people in our regional development offices and for the work that they do. However, I believe that no matter how good they are, it is entirely unreasonable for us to expect a small office staff in a region to bear responsibility for all development in a region.

Consider the history of it. In my region, you couldn't fine a more committed group of workers than the staff of our Pictou Regional Development Commission (PRDC). Still, there is always one or more of our municipalities that feels shortchanged by PRDC's service to the region. Right now it is Trenton that is threatening to withdraw its membership and pull out of PRDC's funding.

There is much wisdom in that old saying, God helps those who help themselves. The RDAs have a responsibility to promote growth and development over the whole area but there will always be a place and a leadership role for our elected community leaders to instigate development initiatives within their individual communities.
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1 comment:

Tom Christoffel said...

Hello Mr. Ferguson -
Google’s Blog alert sent me to this post because of the terms regional and community. Your perspective should be useful to subscribers of Regional Community Development News, so I will include a link to it in the December 9 issue. The newsletter will be found at Please visit, check the tools and consider a link. Tom