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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Corruven: Globally unique innovation in the heart of the Acadia of the Lands and the Forests

BannièreDec 2016

Corruven is a company known for its patented Corruven technologies®. These technologies optimize the natural strength of wood, a natural carbon fibre, to create high-performing sustainable solutions.

This company develops and markets game-changing products for an international clientele in the packaging, construction, architecture and furniture sectors. It offers functional solutions made of a material 6 times more resistant and 85% lighter than those typically used. Its founder, Alain Bélanger, is originally from Kedgwick.

Located in Edmundston, the business, with a 100,000 sq. ft. facility and a research department, enabled talented innovators to return to the region to conceive and manufacture composite engineering solutions. Wood from Presque Isle, Maine, is used to manufacture the products. This is a prime example of cross-sectoral collaboration in Acadia of the Lands and the Forests.

Published in Histoires à succès
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 09:39

The beginning of the world

As a native of Grand Isle I know that in the St. John Valley we don't live at the end of the world nor at the end of U.S. Route 1. We actually live at the beginning of the world, the beginning of U.S. Route 1.

We're not isolated from the rest of the state, they're isolated from us.

We live in an area with an population of about 100,000 residents. We're as big as Portland (about 65,000) and Bangor (about 30,000) combined.

Maybe we need to stop looking south for our economic development and begin looking at our closest neighbors and our closest markets. We need to look north, into northwest New Brunswick and southeast Québec.

Someone said if you stick a pin in the middle of the international bridge between Madawaska and Edmundston and draw a circle with a 60 mile radius, you'll find about 100,000 residents in 50 municipalities.

Madawaska County, N.B., has a population of about 35,000 and Témiscouata County, QC, has a population of about 20,000, while Aroostook County has a population of about 70,000. Granted, not all of those 70,000 live within 60 miles of the bridge in Madawaska but the vast majority of them do. Let's say, for instance, that about 50,000 do. That's 100,000 potential customers and trading partners with easy driving distance from where you live.

When we look north, it becomes very obvious that we are not isolated at the end of the world. We actually live in an area of North America with tremendous potential. You know as well as anyone else that this area is largely underdeveloped.

The Acadia of Lands and Forests, our home, is ours for the taking if we learn to work together as one economic giant. The good news is that this has already started on a modest scale. Seeds are being planted here and there. You need to get in on these promising undertakings, you need to create your own opportunities here, in your backyard gold mine.

Look around. Positive things are happening in the background. Don't be left out. Contact Succeed Here at: www.succeedhere.org/en/

Published in Blogue

It is simply amazing when you realize how many residents of the Acadia of the Lands and Forests share the same last name. For example, there are more than 500  Levesque names in our telephone books and that doesn't include those with no land line. I imagine that other family names are most probably as numerous or even more numerous than ours.  

In addition to family names we've learned that we also share the same values and many of the same past times.  

Published in Blogue

       




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