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Bridgewater hires new Economic Development Officer

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The Town of Bridgewater is excited to announce the hiring of Mark Powell as the community’s new Economic Development Officer (EDO). Powell will begin work remotely during the week of February 22 and will officially join the staff at Town Hall in April. 

Powell’s broad background working with business leaders covers many sectors including municipalities, renewable energy, green building, finance and property development, and working with First Nations communities. He has won global and national awards for his client work and the community supported renewable energy company he founded was recognized as a global top 100 BCorp.

“It speaks volumes about all that Bridgewater has to offer when someone of Mark’s tremendous experience and calibre commits to making our community his new home,” said Mayor David Mitchell.

“As the new EDO, Mark will be instrumental in building our local economy by bringing new investment, new businesses and strategic partners, and new families to our town – he has a proven track record and we’re excited for what he will add to our dynamic staff team.”

Coming from Toronto, Powell said that what drew him to Bridgewater is the strong sense of community and the opportunity to build upon an impressive and emerging local economy.

“One of the leaders I admire, Paul Krugman, said it best – when it comes to my role as the EDO, ‘economics is about the people.’ For me, economic development is about building and growing sustainably from all the amazing projects the Town has going on now, including Energize Bridgewater and its energy poverty reduction Smart Cities initiative and the new Highway 103 interchange at Exit 12A into the Bridgewater Business Park. There is so much potential here, it’s inspiring!”

While Powell may be new to Bridgewater, he has worked in the Maritimes stretching back to 2003 when he had an office just outside of Souris, PEI.

His credentials include a Business degree specializing in finance and business development. He subsequently graduated from the SG1 Aging Successfully cohousing program founded by McCamant and Durrett. In 2020, Powell also completed a series of online programs from Sociocracy For All on consensus building and decision making.

Coming from a family of teachers, architects, and property developers, in his spare time Powell is a passionate and competitive sailor and volunteers many hours in community initiatives. He and his partner, Debbie, have also taken on the ambitious task of doing a complete renewable energy retrofit of an historic home in town as part of their relocation.

“Bridgewater is a shining star among municipalities, not just in Nova Scotia, but right across the country,” he said. “I can’t wait to get to work and do my part to help our community grow and prosper well into the future.”