AgendaWelcome and IntroductionsMark Gladysz, PlanningTony Araujo, Laurier BrantfordTrudy Belanco, Business Resource Centre2011 Proposed Budget & Levy – Paul Graci2010 Downtown Brantford BIA Annual ReportMotion to Accept the List of Candidates for the BoardGeneral Discussion on Downtown Brantford Thank You & Downtown Champion of Year - Chair
Downtown Brantford BIA Board of ManagementDavid Prang – Chair (October 2009) Cathy Oden - Vice Chair J. Paul Graci – TreasurerLen Offless Keri Korfmann Amos AdlerGwen HunterSam Di FronzoDarren McCormackJenna Smith - Project AssistantAnnette Fitch – BIA Program ManagerCouncillor John Bradford (Ward 5) Councillor James Calnan (Ward 4) Alternate - Councillor Mark Littell (Ward 1) Ex-officio Mayor Mike Hancock Paisley MacKenzie - Economic DevelopmentMark Gladysz - PlanningLori-Dawn Cavin - Community EventsPaula Thomlison - Brantford Public Library Brantford Police Services - BEAT UNIT
The Downtown Brantford BIA Downtown Brantford is a Dynamic Place to Live, Work, Play and Learn. We have moved as a community to a critical point in our revitalization efforts. The community is engaged in what is happening in Downtown Brantford, from many different viewpoints:HeritagePost-SecondaryPoliticalInfrastructureTaxpayersWalkabilityWaterfront/EnvironmentAthletics and RecreationSocial ServicesSo many eyes, ears, opinions and stakeholders are engaged in efforts to improve this community. The DBBIA lobbies, beautifies, promotes, develops networks, financially supports events and activities, advocates, plans, and communicates with its membership and within our community and with our partners and City Council. Our BIA Annual Report will outline the significant activities that the Board has undertaken, and link our planned activities in 2011 to our Strategic Plan, as it moves into its third year of implementation.
Vision Statement:To advocate for members of a thriving Downtown Brantford, as a destination that typifies all that is excellent in an urban environment; a safe, fun, and economically successful community; with dense commercial, residential, and cultural activity.
Mission Statement: Intensify the commercial and cultural activity of Downtown Brantford, enhance public safety and promote Brantford’s unique character and heritage.
2010 Initiatives:Strategic Plan ImplementationGolden Broom AwardsDowntown Market AnalysisBR&E Strategic ActionsFaçade Grants ProgramDowntown Champion of the Year Award
The BIA supported many events in Harmony Square this past year including:The 3rd Annual Brantford International Jazz Festival, with over 35000 attendees, about 50% from out of townThe Movies in the SquareThe Weekly Friday Night Concert SeriesScare in the Square #3Find Your Spirit #3Annual Telephone City Car ShowChilly Willy Cook-offFrosty FestWord in the Square – Family Literacy Council/BPLDancing Under the Stars
Other Great Events and FestivalsThe BIA also supported many other events this past year including:Downtown Jazz Monthly Concert SeriesTunes in the ParkThe JCI Santa Claus ParadeSmall Business WeekDoors Open BrantGuitar HeroChildren’s Theatre SeriesEarth HourBrantford Film FestivalLiving Nativity Show
Movies in the Square
Strong Sub-Committee - Drive process to critically evaluate community marketing opportunities - Develop new initiativesWebsite Development Completed
Important Events, Meetings, and DiscussionsThe BIA participated in many discussions and supported many projects throughout 2010 including:Transit Terminal Feasibility Study ConsultationDowntown Market Analysis ParticipationEconomic Development Strategy Stakeholders SessionsOngoing BR+E ImplementationSouthside of Colborne Design Charette
AdvocacyLobbied council in support of Two Way Traffic Conversion, Class A Environmental Assessment ParticipationAdvocated to Mohawk College to Stay DowntownSpecial Projects: $15 000 over two years for Streetscape Design, possible RED funding applicationAll-Candidates Survey on Downtown Issues (posted to web, partnered with Brant News)ParkingCondo ConversionMember profile – Chamber of CommerceInfrastructure Renewal TourCaucus Meeting for Council Elect and Three Pressing Needs Meeting (Annual)Council Meetings when any Downtown items on AgendaOP AmendmentsRequested funding from Council to replace levy lost due to expropriation (unsuccessful)Discussions with OMAFRA staff to participate in First Impressions Community Exchange
The BIA works on various committees within the City of Brantford advocating on behalf of Downtown Businesses. The BIA has representation on the following committees:Town and Gown Committee (Annette)Downtown Action Committee (Annette, Dave)Downtown Signage Sub-Committee (Annette)Heritage Committee (Cathy)Sanderson Board of Management (Paula)Downtown Performance Grants Program Advisory Committee (Chair - Dave)
Economic Development Advisory Committee (Keri) Tourism Advisory Committee (Keri) Olympic Torch Run Task Force (Annette) Brantford Cultural Advisory Committee (Annette)Small Business Week Organizing Committee (Annette)Downtown Networking Group (Annette)Transit Liaison Committee (unofficially Dave)
The BIA Board of Directors and Staff attended various conferences and workshops in 2010 including:2010 Ontario Business Improvement Area Association National Conference “Embracing your Local Wonder...Finding your BIA Energy” - Dave and AnnetteMayors' State of the Communities Address – Several Board membersInternational Downtowns Assoc. Conference – Toronto – Dave and MarkEconomic Development Strategy Stakeholders Sessions - AnnetteSuccessful Downtowns Tour - Ryerson University and Yonge Street BIA – Annette and Mark
Town and Gown Association of Ontario (on behalf of City, LaurierBrantford)Ontario Business Improvement AssociationChamber of Commerce Brantford/Brant
The Strategic Plan will be the constant base for our work, laying out themes as layers throughout our work.
Identifies Three Broad Goals: 1) Intensification of Commercial Activity: Downtown Market Analysis and BR&E recommendation 2) A Clean and Safe Downtown Environment LB Safe Place program, Golden Broom Awards, Downtown Cleanup, DAC, Library/GRH Walkway 3) Vibrant Cultural Presence Arts Block, Harmony Square, Brant Cultural NetworkAchieved through: Managing Change Advocating for and communicating with members during SS Colborne Redevelopment Enhance perception of the Downtown within Brantford, Brant County, and the Region Advocate for and communicate with members during Infrastructure Upgrades on Colborne and Dalhousie, including advocacy for two-way traffic conversion Parking – Transit Terminal Facilitating Growth Enhance reality of the Downtown as a destination through the promotion of downtown public events Support efforts to increase residential density and diversity within core Engage post-secondary partners in mutually beneficial initiatives – hiring students Engaging the Membership Draft a Communications/Marketing Plan (and stick to it!) Conduct member surveys and collect customer service Create and distribute a regular newsletter and update/manage the DBBIA website. There are a dozen points of contact between our Strategic Plan and the Economic Development Strategy, and 4 key points of Strategic Action for the Business Retention and Expansion projectOther Long Term Goals: - marketing of Downtown as a distinct cultural destinationDiversify DBBIA revenues through strategic business decisions, grants, and fundraising Membership and volunteer recruitmentBeautification projectsExpansion of Levy Boundary
Manage ChangeStrategic Plan ImplementationSouthside of Colborne Infrastructure Upgrades – Colborne & DalhousieTwo-Way Conversion? Post-Secondary ImpactMembership Recruitment and RetentionBusiness Retention and ExpansionExpansion of BIA Boundary? - Membership Engagement (Communication Plan)Investment in staff and operational efficienciesBoard recruitment and retentionReview of Policies and Procedures
Facilitate Growth- Investment in staff and operational efficiencies- Infrastructure Upgrades – Colborne & Dalhousie - Two-Way Conversion - Post-Secondary Impact - Membership Recruitment and Retention - Expansion of BIA Boundary -Business Retention and Expansion -Membership Engagement (Communication Plan) - Board recruitment and retention
Engage the MembershipOver two dozen points of Contact during the year, including feet on the street2 newsletters 42 000 Olympic Torch Run Relay cards – co-marketingScare in the Square mailingRecruitment letter for new term for Board membersChamber In Touch magazine profileWebsite letter requesting information for profilesSmall Business Week mailingWebsite updatesEmailed recruitment letter with reminderEmailed AGM notice correctionEmailed Small Business Week reminderEmailed questionnaire to all candidates in Municipal ElectionTwitterEmail invitation to Downtown Market Analysis breakfastEmail invitation for the Downtown Clean UpAppearance on CTV (David Prang)Welcome Package for New Members
Summary of some key issuesRoad ClosuresParkingInfrastructure RenewalTwo Way ConversionBoundary ExpansionHeritage Conservation DistrictOfficial Plan AmendmentEconomic Development & Retention
Remember….a BIA is only as successful as its members make it!
Motion to accept the list of candidates for the DBBIA Board of Management to be forwarded to City Council for their consideration.These candidates each met the application deadline as agreed to with the City Clerk’s office under BIA Policies and Procedures, and meet the requirements to hold office for the next four years. Candidates:David PrangCathy OdenPaul GraciKeri KorfmannSam Di FronzoDarren McCormackBill KeighleyDwight Rose
In 2009, the Downtown Champion of the Year Award was created to recognize the contributions of an individual, group, or business that has positively contributed to the revitalization of Downtown Brantford. The criteria for the award are as follows: A constant presence in the Downtown over the past calendar year, as a minimumA positive influence in our downtown community Has engaged the BIA by attending a meeting or partnering with a member, or received supportIs a stakeholder in Downtown RevitalizationThe Winner receives a custom developed sculpture by local artist Daniel Hill, formerly Artist-in-Residence at the Brantford Arts BlockAnd the Winner is…..
2010 bia agm presentation
2010 Downtown Brantford BIA Board of ManagementDavid Prang – Chair (October 2009) Councillor John Bradford (Ward 5)Cathy Oden - Vice Chair Councillor James Calnan (Ward 4)J. Paul Graci –Treasurer Alternate - Councillor Mark Littell (Ward 1)Len Offless Ex-officio Mayor Mike HancockKeri Korfmann Paisley MacKenzie - Economic DevelopmentAmos Adler Mark Gladysz - PlanningGwen Hunter Lori-Dawn Cavin - Community EventsDarren McCormack Paula Thomlison - Brantford Public Library BrantfordSam Di Fronzo Police Services - BEAT UNITAnnette Fitch – BIA Program ManagerJenna Smith (Nov-March) Project Assistant
What is the Purpose of a BIA?•to revitalize and maintain a dynamic local neighbourhood•to promote the area as a business or shopping destination.
Vision Statement To advocate for members of a thriving Downtown Brantford, as a destination that typifies all that is excellent in an urban environment; a safe, fun, and economicallysuccessful community; with dense commercial, residential, and cultural activity.
Mission StatementIntensify the commercial and cultural activity ofDowntown Brantford, enhance public safety and promote Brantford’s unique character and heritage.
2010 InitiativesStrategic Plan ImplementationGolden Broom AwardsDowntown Market AnalysisBR&E Strategic ActionsFaçade Grants ProgramDowntown Champion of the Year
Events in Harmony Square•The 3rd Annual Brantford International Jazz Festival•The Movies in the Square•The Weekly Friday Night Concert Series•Scare in the Square #3•Find Your Spirit #3•Annual Telephone City Car Show•Chilly Willy Cook-off•Frosty Fest•Word in the Square – Family Literacy Council/BPL•Dancing Under the Stars
Other Great Events and Festivals•Downtown Jazz Monthly Concert Series•Tunes in the Park•The JCI Santa Claus Parade•Small Business Week•Doors Open Brant•Guitar Hero Rocks the Square•Children’s Theatre Series•Earth Hour•Brantford Film Festival•Living Nativity Show
Marketing Committee- extremely successful- Co-marketing Oppts.- Website- receive and analyze allfinancial requests- new forms and accountability
Meetings and Discussions•Transit Terminal Feasibility Study Consultation•Downtown Market Analysis Participation•Economic Development Strategy StakeholdersSessions•Ongoing BR+E Implementation•Southside of Colborne Streetscape Design
Advocacy•Lobbied council in support of Two Way Traffic•Advocated to Mohawk College to Stay Downtown•Special Projects: $15 000 over two years•All-Candidates Survey on Downtown Issues (postedto web, partnered with Brant News)•Parking (several issues)•Chamber Profile•Requested funding from Council to replace levy lostdue to expropriation (unsuccessful)
External Committees•Town and Gown Committee (Annette)•Downtown Action Committee (Annette, Dave) •Downtown Signage Sub-Committee (Annette)•Heritage Committee (Cathy)•Sanderson Board of Management (Paula)•Downtown Performance Grants Program AdvisoryCommittee (Chair - Dave)
External Committees•Economic Development Advisory Committee (Keri)•Tourism Advisory Committee (Keri)•Olympic Torch Run Task Force (Annette)•Brantford Cultural Advisory Committee (Annette)•Small Business Week Organizing Committee(Annette)•Downtown Networking Group (Annette)•Transit Liaison Committee (unofficially Dave)
Conferences & Workshops•2010 OBIAA National Conference•Mayors State of the Communities•IDA Conference – Toronto•EcDev Strategy Stakeholders Sessions•Successful Downtowns Tour – Ryerson &Yonge BIA
Memberships•Town and Gown Association of Ontario (onbehalf of City, Laurier Brantford)•Ontario Business Improvement Association•Chamber of Commerce Brantford/Brant
Strategic Plan 2009-2014Intensification of Commercial ActivityA Clean & Safe Downtown EnvironmentA Vibrant Cultural PresenceAchieved through:Managing ChangeFacilitating GrowthEngaging our Membership
Manage Change Southside of Colborne Infrastructure Upgrades Post-Secondary ImpactBusiness Retention and Expansion Expansion of BIA Boundary Membership EngagementReview of Policies and Procedures
Facilitate GrowthInvestment in staff and operational efficiencies Infrastructure Upgrades Two-Way Conversion DBBIA Expansion Analysis Board Recruitment and Retention
Engage the Membership Board recruitment and retentionBusiness Retention and Expansion: Strategic Actions (5) Parking Feet on the Street Surveys Expansion of BIA Boundary Newsletters & Email Blasts Chamber InTouch ProfileWelcome Package for New Members
Summary of some key issues for 2011 Road Closures Parking Infrastructure Renewal Two Way Conversion Boundary Expansion Heritage Conservation District Official Plan AmendmentEconomic Development & Retention
REMEMBER……..A BIA is only as successful as its members make it!
Motion to Accept List of Candidates David Prang Cathy Oden Paul Graci Keri Korfmann Sam Di Fronzo Darren McCormack Bill Keighley Dwight Rose