Tay­lor hits the ground run­ning with new busi­ness de­vel­op­ment po­si­tion

The Amherst News - - COMMUNITY - Wal­ter Jones Wal­ter Jones is a free­lance writer liv­ing in Amherst. His col­umn ap­pears weekly in the Amherst News.

I will ad­mit that I have prob­a­bly thrown more bricks than bou­quets at our town hall, but to­day is all good. We have a new per­son in the town of­fice as the new busi­ness and de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer. I re­fer to Re­becca Tay­lor. I say they got a bar­gain, be­cause as far as I can see Re­becca is cer­tainly putting her whole ef­fort into this job.

It was my plea­sure ear­lier this year to be at the tourist bureau with her. She sweet talked the man­ager into giv­ing her more space for our town

and up front at that.

She im­pressed me. She has made an all-out ef­fort to at­tract tourists to this town, and sup­ported the ef­forts of oth­ers. Les­lie Childs was run­ning a walk­ing tour on Thurs­day af­ter­noons; Re­becca ex­tended it by of­fer­ing not only an even­ing tour, but get­ting a car­riage ride tour up and run­ning as well.

I hear she has con­tacted bus com­pa­nies and not only told them what the town has to of­fer, but is let­ting them know that there is am­ple park­ing.

She also let them know that we are the cen­tre of the Mar­itimes and are an ex­cel­lent home base if you want to make day trips. She has run a video cel­e­brat­ing Cum­ber­land County, plug­ging the other at­trac­tions in this area and sug­gest­ing that Amherst is a good base to get to them.

I was at a meet­ing she was at­tend­ing, the guest was Kevin Bar­rett, who rep­re­sents the govern­ment of Nova Sco­tia in cul­ture and her­itage. It wasn’t long be­fore Re­becca was quizzing him about which pro­grams she could get fund­ing for or par­tial fund­ing.

It is not my pur­pose here to do a litany of things she has ac­com­plished or to judge their mer­its. Mainly be­cause I don’t know all she is do­ing, only what I ob­served. I think she has done a yeo­man’s job of get­ting things started and done. She has now made sure we are well rep­re­sented on the In­ter­net as well.

So, come on Amherst! You have a win­ner here, give her what she needs to work with and you might be pleas­antly sur­prised.

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