KENTVILLE - The new president of the Kentville Development Corporation Ltd. is no stranger to the town.
“It was a town I was born in and raised a business in, so I believe in Kentville and think a lot of good things can happen with the right energy,” said Leigh Morrison, who has served as a board member with KDCL since its inception.
Valley Stationers, his family’s business, brought Morrison back to Kentville in the early beginnings of his career after he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at a university in New Brunswick.
Fifteen years ago, Morrison teamed up with his brother to purchase Valley Stationers. The siblings changed the name of the business to Workplace Essentials, and recently sold off their office supply division to focus on equipment and furniture.
Workplace Essentials is now based in Port Williams, but Morrison still feels a strong connection to his roots in Kentville.
“I did run a business there for 30 years and live there and start to raise my family there,” he said.
As KDCL president, Morrison is currently concentrating on attracting new board members to fill vacancies left as a result of the municipal election in October. Morrison, for example, is replacing former KDCL president Cate Savage, a newly elected town councillor.
Morrison’s goal is to assemble a team that can effectively respond to short-term concerns while, at the same time, building upon the KDCL’s past successes and seizing new opportunities that arise in the future.
“My priorities would be to be able to deal with things on a fairly quick basis with regards to people’s requests and concerns.”
Pointing to one example of a KDCL initiative that’s been particularly well received, Morrison said the board is interested in offering the façade program again in 2017 if there is enough merchants and developers interested in upgrading their buildings.
“There’s probably 15 to 20 people out there that are investing in their buildings and creating an economy as well,” he said, noting that the program creates work for local contractors.
KDCL’s Board of Directors will have to revisit the organization’s strategic plan in the new year, but Morrison said he believes the group is still interested in having a review of the parking situation in downtown Kentville.
“We’re hoping to, overall, change the image of parking in Kentville.”
To learn more about the Kentville Development Corporation Limited, visit kdcl.ca.