Gor­don­stoun an­nounce­ment comes as good news for re­gion

Annapolis Valley Register - - YEAR IN REVIEW - BY LAWRENCE POW­ELL AN­NAPO­LIS VAL­LEY REG­IS­TER AN­NAPO­LIS COUNTY, N.S.

Among the sto­ries I’ve writ­ten in 2018, rank­ing high­est has to be the Dec. 8 an­nounce­ment that Gor­don­stoun Schools

Lim­ited of El­gin,

Scot­land has granted its firstever fran­chise to busi­ness­man Ed

Far­ren, who is lo­cat­ing Gor­don­stoun Nova Sco- tia in An­napo­lis County.

The im­pact on the lo­cal econ­omy will be im­me­di­ate and long last­ing.

The in­flux of 600 stu­dents from around the world will in­crease di­ver­sity in the re­gion, will pos­i­tively bol­ster so­cial cap­i­tal through vol­un­teerism, and will give the area and prov­ince an in­creased in­ter­na­tional pro­file.

The fa­cil­ity will be of net-zero con­struc­tion with vir­tu­ally no en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact; in it­self, it will be an at­trac­tion.

The school is ex­pected to in­crease tourism, in­crease hous­ing con­struc­tion in the area, and will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on nearby Aca­dia Univer­sity that will work with the school.

Princes have at­tended Gor­don­stoun.

The school is not a big-box store, not a call cen­tre, not a man­u­fac­tur­ing plant. In other words, it’s not tran­sient, fly-by-night, or sub­ject to the whims of global eco­nomics or pass­ing fads. Per­haps what Gor­don­stoun isn’t is the most im­por­tant thing about it.

While this is about a sin­gle ‘story,’ I had three sto­ries writ­ten on the day of the an­nounce­ment, and a forth within 48 hours. Com­bined, they told the story.

Lawrence Pow­ell

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