Richmond unveils good news at annual business dinner

    This is one of the signs promoting Richmond County that was recently erected on the mainland side of the Canso Causeway and in East Bay.

    DUNDEE: The Municipality of the County of Richmond showed off new roadside signage and unveiled other items of good news during its annual business dinner.

    Held at the Dundee Resort on October 22, the event was hosted by the Cape Breton Partnership, along with the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network, and the municipality. According to Richmond County, there were 108 businesses owners and managers, community agencies, non-profits and municipal officials, along with 17 international students from Cape Breton University in attendance.

    Photos by Jake Boudrot
    Cape Breton Partnership executive director Carla Arsenault hosted the business dinner on October 22 at the Dundee Resort.

    During his remarks, outgoing Richmond Warden Brian Marchand welcomed guests to the dinner.

    “The business community in Richmond County is certainly alive and well,” Marchand told the crowd. “Our business owners and managers have demonstrated through the years their ability to stay in touch with consumer demands and whenever possible, innovate and adjust to meet fast-paced markets.”

    Noting the municipality’s strategic planning process will play a major role in planning and budgeting over the next five to seven years, Marchand told the crowd the process involved eight public meetings, and input from council, municipal management and local high school students. He said a report will be complete by the end of December.

    Marchand also pointed to the Canal Project in which council and the St. Peter’s Village Commission formed a joint committee to discuss and plan a project for the 150th anniversary of the St. Peter’s Canal in 2019.

    “The ‘Canal Project’ is a great initiative and provides an opportunity for both Richmond and St. Peter’s to cooperate with a view towards creating a positive outcome which has the potential to influence further initiatives,” Marchand said.

    The current deputy warden then told the large crowd that new roadside signs, eight-feet by 12-feet in size, will be installed in the next two weeks, one on the mainland side of the Canso Causeway and the second sign will be located in East Bay.

    Former Richmond Warden Brian Marchand offered remarks at the business dinner in Dundee.

    In a press release issued before the dinner, the municipality noted that both signs depict symbols of the county’s assets and experiences like boating, fishing, golfing, cycling, hiking, diving, kayaking, sailing, ATVing, camping, and exploring beaches and lighthouses. In addition, key symbols of first nations are included such as the eagle and sweet grass.

    According to the municipality, the signs were designed to be very colourful and eye-catching to remind residents and visitors alike of the variety of activities and experiences available in Richmond County.

    “By attracting more visitations to Richmond County, we believe local businesses and retail outlets, like shops and restaurants, will have the opportunity to experience more activity and increased spending,” Marchand said in the press release.

    As the coming weeks unfold, Marchand told the dinner audience there will be more roadside signs unveiled and the municipality will be included in the next issue of Atlantic Business magazine.

    Also offering remarks was Jeff Stanley with the Cape Breton Partnership.

    At the conclusion of the regular monthly meeting of Richmond Municipal Council on October 23 in Arichat, new warden Jason MacLean added that the dinner was “very successful.”

    “Cape Breton is growing, and Cape Breton is alive and well, so it was really great to see that,” he added.