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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
  • Hxbia intro

    1. 1. Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association Wes Regan, Executive Coordinator, HXBIA
    2. 2. About Business Improvement Associations <ul><li>BIAs were first established in Vancouver in 1989 in Gastown and Mount Pleasant </li></ul><ul><li>The mandate of BIAs is “business promotion” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Liaising with municipal and government officials </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Street beautification </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Safety and security </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Economic and community development </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting local events </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Where we are Hastings Crossing BIA
    4. 4. History and general makeup <ul><li>Hastings Crossing BIA (HXBIA) founded in 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Most historic and storied area of the city, at one time the cultural and retail heart of Vancouver </li></ul>
    5. 5. Who is Hastings Crossing BIA? Branding, marketing, and being a place <ul><li>Socially inclusive, for revitalization not gentrification </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Edgy, urban, artistic, gritty, creative, entrepreneurial, innovative, controversial, daring, unique, historic, fascinating </li></ul>
    6. 6. Amazing history Amazing potential
    7. 7. Amazing history Amazing potential
    8. 8. An area known for social and political activism
    9. 9. Amazing history Amazing potential
    10. 10. Diverse and Creative
    11. 11. Sustainable
    12. 12. Inclusive
    13. 13. Our main goals as a BIA <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to a healthy, sustainable, socially inclusive, vibrant, diverse and fully functioning community in the Downtown Eastside. </li></ul><ul><li>Successful and sustainable businesses that are partners in community development and contributors to a resilient local economy </li></ul><ul><li>A successful model for other cities to build on and be inspired by </li></ul>
    14. 14. Questions? <ul><li>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] </li></ul>