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An introduction to Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association (HXBIA)

An introduction to Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association (HXBIA)

A BIA in the heart of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside



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  • Wes: neighbourhood was vibrant, iconic shops, neon signs – a destination. Seeing a return to that but with a social awareness that has helped to drive innovative business.
  • Labour movement, Strathcona residents fighting the freeway Plan 200, Oppenheimer Park – soapbox, the only place where protests could be held
  • Wes: example – Save On Meats. Woodward’s – mix of housing, socially inclusive; return of two anchor businesses, return of a major Canadian bank, relocation of a major post secondary institution
  • Wes: artistically driven and creative neighbourhood. One of the highest concentration of artists in Canada.
  • Joji: sustainability – non-threatening, socially inclusive, helps build bridges
  • Wes: SoleFood Farms – food security; bridges economic and social inclusivity; employs locals; healthier community, economy and local food system Joji: in SBIA area, parking lot of Astoria Hotel – aesthetically unpleasing, now a greenspace that generates green jobs, economic activity

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  • Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association Wes Regan, Executive Coordinator, HXBIA
  • About Business Improvement Associations
    • BIAs were first established in Vancouver in 1989 in Gastown and Mount Pleasant
    • The mandate of BIAs is “business promotion”
            • Liaising with municipal and government officials
            • Street beautification
            • Safety and security
            • Economic and community development
            • Supporting local events
  • Where we are Hastings Crossing BIA
  • History and general makeup
    • Hastings Crossing BIA (HXBIA) founded in 2010
    • 350 + businesses and property owners in BIA geography majority of which are SMEs with 10 employees or less. Wide array of retail, professional services, restaurants, social enterprises, non-profits
    • Most historic and storied area of the city, at one time the cultural and retail heart of Vancouver
  • Who is Hastings Crossing BIA? Branding, marketing, and being a place
    • Socially inclusive, for revitalization not gentrification
    • Sees business as a force for positive social change and likewise sees the low income community as a partner and asset for business community through social enterprises and non-profits who employ residents through BIA programming
    • Identifying and building on community assets, increasing community capacity through BIA programming, promoting a healthy and diverse mixed commercial district that contributes to a livable and affordable community
    • Edgy, urban, artistic, gritty, creative, entrepreneurial, innovative, controversial, daring, unique, historic, fascinating
  • Amazing history Amazing potential
  • Amazing history Amazing potential
  • An area known for social and political activism
  • Amazing history Amazing potential
  • Diverse and Creative
  • Sustainable
  • Inclusive
  • Our main goals as a BIA
    • To bring maximum value to our stakeholders through the BIA programming- but to also promote a broadened notion of value. Triple bottom line thinking, qualitative values, cultural social and environmental values, long term values etc.
    • Contribute to a healthy, sustainable, socially inclusive, vibrant, diverse and fully functioning community in the Downtown Eastside.
    • Successful and sustainable businesses that are partners in community development and contributors to a resilient local economy
    • A successful model for other cities to build on and be inspired by
  • Questions?
    • Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association (HXBIA) Wesley Regan, Executive Coordinator P.O. Box 88188 418 Main Street Vancouver, BC V6A 4A5 T: 604.805.3591 [email_address]