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  • 1. 41433752713990009467851510665City Centre Development Agency00City Centre Development Agency154559019138900054864002324100 Newsletter September 201100 Newsletter September 201123526757515225006572252714625The summer season is now on the downward slide and fall is right around the corner. The beautiful flower baskets and cross block plants have now been taken down and removed for another year. Thank you to the CCDA Streetscape crew who did a great job all summer long. The CCDA is currently working with the City to review the traffic light system downtown to see what can be done to improve the pedestrian walks and the safety of pedestrians with the recent injuries of 4 people in the past 2 months downtown. 2 injuries of which happened at the corner of 3rd St and 6th Ave in a matter of one week. The City will be making this a priority and I will keep everyone apprised of any outcome. Exciting news with the council approval of the purchase of 603 First Street to River Street Development Corp. With the plan of a multi-purpose commercial/residential project consisting of two four-to-eight story towers and underground parking, this could be the “tipping” point to revitalizing the downtown core! Downtown parking is still a big issue and something I’m still working on. There are still problems with business owners and employees parking on the streets taking up spots for paying customers. Decreased accessibility within the downtown can be a major deterrent for customers and you wouldn’t want to be the cause of that. It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway!), if you take that little bit of extra time to park elsewhere, you will be opening up your building for even more potential customers. Mavis ConradExecutive Director00The summer season is now on the downward slide and fall is right around the corner. The beautiful flower baskets and cross block plants have now been taken down and removed for another year. Thank you to the CCDA Streetscape crew who did a great job all summer long. The CCDA is currently working with the City to review the traffic light system downtown to see what can be done to improve the pedestrian walks and the safety of pedestrians with the recent injuries of 4 people in the past 2 months downtown. 2 injuries of which happened at the corner of 3rd St and 6th Ave in a matter of one week. The City will be making this a priority and I will keep everyone apprised of any outcome. Exciting news with the council approval of the purchase of 603 First Street to River Street Development Corp. With the plan of a multi-purpose commercial/residential project consisting of two four-to-eight story towers and underground parking, this could be the “tipping” point to revitalizing the downtown core! Downtown parking is still a big issue and something I’m still working on. There are still problems with business owners and employees parking on the streets taking up spots for paying customers. Decreased accessibility within the downtown can be a major deterrent for customers and you wouldn’t want to be the cause of that. It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway!), if you take that little bit of extra time to park elsewhere, you will be opening up your building for even more potential customers. Mavis ConradExecutive Director25146002714625004381507515225Morning Mingler –Friday, September 30, 8:00-10:00 AM at Framing & Art Centre, 628 2nd St SE. This will be our first morning mingler. This is your time to discuss issues in an informal setting and find out what is happening downtown. Come say hello and grab some coffee.Alberta Arts Days 2011 - September 30th to October 2nd. Coinciding with Arts Days, the downtown will have its own offering of events including:Downtown Medicine Hat Art Walk – Friday, September 30th, 7:00-10:00 PM. Please see Inspire Studio or any participating studio for further information – Framing & Art Centre, Esplanade Art Gallery, Remenda Designs, The Hive Artists’ Hub, Luna FrescaArtisans Fair – Saturday, October 1stLocal Artists will be showcasing their wares (and selling them!) at the Esplanade from 12:00 – 5:00 PM. Be sure to stop in and see our wealth of local talent and get a head start on your holiday shopping! 00Morning Mingler –Friday, September 30, 8:00-10:00 AM at Framing & Art Centre, 628 2nd St SE. This will be our first morning mingler. This is your time to discuss issues in an informal setting and find out what is happening downtown. Come say hello and grab some coffee.Alberta Arts Days 2011 - September 30th to October 2nd. Coinciding with Arts Days, the downtown will have its own offering of events including:Downtown Medicine Hat Art Walk – Friday, September 30th, 7:00-10:00 PM. Please see Inspire Studio or any participating studio for further information – Framing & Art Centre, Esplanade Art Gallery, Remenda Designs, The Hive Artists’ Hub, Luna FrescaArtisans Fair – Saturday, October 1stLocal Artists will be showcasing their wares (and selling them!) at the Esplanade from 12:00 – 5:00 PM. Be sure to stop in and see our wealth of local talent and get a head start on your holiday shopping! 410527575152250057531002895600Inside this issue:Notes from Director1Morning Mingler1Art Walk1Late Night Shopping2Christmas Lights2Who’s New?2Kara Security2Secret Shopper2Committee Meetings3Upcoming Events3Board Vacancies3Canada Day4Board Members400Inside this issue:Notes from Director1Morning Mingler1Art Walk1Late Night Shopping2Christmas Lights2Who’s New?2Kara Security2Secret Shopper2Committee Meetings3Upcoming Events3Board Vacancies3Canada Day4Board Members45727065782002542481504876800009525007067551Morning Mingler and Art Walk00Morning Mingler and Art Walk9525002133599Notes from Executive Director 00Notes from Executive Director 431990562534800057289703751580009144004867275Unfortunately due to health reasons we have to say goodbye to Elaina from Fashions on 2nd Street.But we will be saying hello to a few new businesses coming downtown and I am pretty excited. And as mentioned before, River Street Dev’t Corp’s plans will be very exciting for the downtown. Keep an eye out for more exciting news.Leather Bead has moved, to a new location downtown. They can now be found at: 526 A 3rd St.Welcome to your new location! 00Unfortunately due to health reasons we have to say goodbye to Elaina from Fashions on 2nd Street.But we will be saying hello to a few new businesses coming downtown and I am pretty excited. And as mentioned before, River Street Dev’t Corp’s plans will be very exciting for the downtown. Keep an eye out for more exciting news.Leather Bead has moved, to a new location downtown. They can now be found at: 526 A 3rd St.Welcome to your new location! 251904543091100052387504923790007715251143000We are now going into our third week of late night shopping. You might find it slow to start, but once the word gets out, things will begin to pick up, so stick it out and with the advertising on the radio, newspaper, posters and magnetic boards we should start to see results. We would like to continue the late night shopping into the Midnight Madness on November 24th. A full 70% of all consumer spending (locals and visitors alike) takes place after 6:00PM. Are you open? And you wonder why downtowns are dying while lifestyle retail centers are thriving.The CCDA Development Committee has decided this year that we will be placing Christmas lights in Batus Park on 2nd St, as the infrastructure of downtown is not feasible for hanging lights or decorations on the light standards. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to view lights and decorations that will not be used in Batus Park and take them for FREE to use for decorating on downtown buildings. Yes, I said for FREE! Any stakeholders who do take these lights will be responsible for upkeep and maintenance of them. Should the business close or move out of the downtown core, the lights or decorations will be returned to the CCDA to be used for other stakeholders.A date and time will soon be arranged for any businesses’ interested in this great opportunity. For more information contact the CCDA office. 00We are now going into our third week of late night shopping. You might find it slow to start, but once the word gets out, things will begin to pick up, so stick it out and with the advertising on the radio, newspaper, posters and magnetic boards we should start to see results. We would like to continue the late night shopping into the Midnight Madness on November 24th. A full 70% of all consumer spending (locals and visitors alike) takes place after 6:00PM. Are you open? And you wonder why downtowns are dying while lifestyle retail centers are thriving.The CCDA Development Committee has decided this year that we will be placing Christmas lights in Batus Park on 2nd St, as the infrastructure of downtown is not feasible for hanging lights or decorations on the light standards. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to view lights and decorations that will not be used in Batus Park and take them for FREE to use for decorating on downtown buildings. Yes, I said for FREE! Any stakeholders who do take these lights will be responsible for upkeep and maintenance of them. Should the business close or move out of the downtown core, the lights or decorations will be returned to the CCDA to be used for other stakeholders.A date and time will soon be arranged for any businesses’ interested in this great opportunity. For more information contact the CCDA office. 5257800725805000309562572580500025380957750810“Mystery shopping is a valuable coaching tool used by top companies to improve their level of customer service, resulting in increasing sales, customer loyalty, and positive word of mouth advertising. “00“Mystery shopping is a valuable coaching tool used by top companies to improve their level of customer service, resulting in increasing sales, customer loyalty, and positive word of mouth advertising. “9239257258050Kara Security has approached the CCDA to see if business owners downtown would be interested in late night security guards patrolling the downtown checking doors etc. They charge by the day and if we get enough interest, depending on how many stores are interested, the price goes down. We’ve also had some interest from some stakeholders regarding a secret shopper. We’ve received a package from Premier Service in regards to this. If you would like to see how your business and customer service is, this is a great opportunity to find out where you are lacking or doing well when it comes to serving your customers. For more information on either of these options, contact the CCDA office and let us know if you are interested.Without feedback and interest in these options, they will no longer be offered or considered.00Kara Security has approached the CCDA to see if business owners downtown would be interested in late night security guards patrolling the downtown checking doors etc. They charge by the day and if we get enough interest, depending on how many stores are interested, the price goes down. We’ve also had some interest from some stakeholders regarding a secret shopper. We’ve received a package from Premier Service in regards to this. If you would like to see how your business and customer service is, this is a great opportunity to find out where you are lacking or doing well when it comes to serving your customers. For more information on either of these options, contact the CCDA office and let us know if you are interested.Without feedback and interest in these options, they will no longer be offered or considered.9239256638925Kara Security and Secret Shopper Options00Kara Security and Secret Shopper Options40767001143000008667754429125Who’s New on The Block and Who’s Leaving?00Who’s New on The Block and Who’s Leaving?307657545148500055245002114549003810003619502002875030700405Late-Night ShoppingChristmas Lights00Late-Night ShoppingChristmas Lights62496705131435002204720424243500503872542195750038671507610475006477007611744A few of our director’s terms will soon come to a close and they will unfortunately be leaving the board. We will be sad to see them leave, but new ideas from new board members are always exciting too! Do you have some ideas for the downtown that you’d like to see through to fruition? Now’s the time to step forward!We ask that you are able to attend the majority of our monthly meetings, as well as your chosen subcommittee’s meetings.If this sounds like your calling, we’d love to have you on the board. If you are interested, nominations will be advertised in the Medicine Hat Newspaper soon. Applications are to be sent to City Hall.Please contact the CCDA office for more information.00A few of our director’s terms will soon come to a close and they will unfortunately be leaving the board. We will be sad to see them leave, but new ideas from new board members are always exciting too! Do you have some ideas for the downtown that you’d like to see through to fruition? Now’s the time to step forward!We ask that you are able to attend the majority of our monthly meetings, as well as your chosen subcommittee’s meetings.If this sounds like your calling, we’d love to have you on the board. If you are interested, nominations will be advertised in the Medicine Hat Newspaper soon. Applications are to be sent to City Hall.Please contact the CCDA office for more information.69532504286253003594360814070CCDA Committee Meetings00CCDA Committee Meetings492442512534900027603451278890005943601253490All meetings are held at the CCDA office board room located at 608 3rd St SE.Promotions Committee – meets every second Monday at 5:00 PM All business owners are encouraged to get involved. We discuss upcoming downtown events, offer suggestions for new ones and brainstorm new ideas. We really need some help on this committee. The Promotions Committee Chair is Hal Benson and you can contact him at 403- 526-6904.Development Committee Meeting – meets on the first and third Friday mornings at 8:00 AM We discuss Streetscape, Parking, Christmas Lights and other developments. The Development Committee Chair is Kent Snyder and he can be reached at 403-529-4244.CCDA Board of Directors - meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 AM At this meeting we discuss all issues concerning the downtown. At 8:30 AM, Stakeholders are encouraged to attend and bring issues or concerns which they feel the CCDA can assist them with. The Board Chair is Lorraine Dalla-Longa and you can contact her at 403-977-1363. 00All meetings are held at the CCDA office board room located at 608 3rd St SE.Promotions Committee – meets every second Monday at 5:00 PM All business owners are encouraged to get involved. We discuss upcoming downtown events, offer suggestions for new ones and brainstorm new ideas. We really need some help on this committee. The Promotions Committee Chair is Hal Benson and you can contact him at 403- 526-6904.Development Committee Meeting – meets on the first and third Friday mornings at 8:00 AM We discuss Streetscape, Parking, Christmas Lights and other developments. The Development Committee Chair is Kent Snyder and he can be reached at 403-529-4244.CCDA Board of Directors - meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 AM At this meeting we discuss all issues concerning the downtown. At 8:30 AM, Stakeholders are encouraged to attend and bring issues or concerns which they feel the CCDA can assist them with. The Board Chair is Lorraine Dalla-Longa and you can contact her at 403-977-1363. 6324604191635Upcoming Events00Upcoming Events27813004631055006324604631055Midnight MadnessThis year’s event will take place on Thursday, November 24th.Our Downtown will come alive with the sights, sounds and scents of the season! What are your plans for this year’s festivities? Now’s the time to start planning for an even bigger and better Midnight Madness!Nightmare on 2nd Street Fear Fest – October 24 - 31stDecorate your store front with a Halloween or Harvest/Fall theme and be entered to win 2 VIP passes (value $90). These passes will get you into Dracula the Musical, the movies playing all week at the Monarch, the Haunted House and Ghost Tour. Plus your business will be advertised on the Rock 105.3 radio, website and a poster at the Dracula event running for 3 evenings. Committee judges will be making their choice on October 24th – Good luck!00Midnight MadnessThis year’s event will take place on Thursday, November 24th.Our Downtown will come alive with the sights, sounds and scents of the season! What are your plans for this year’s festivities? Now’s the time to start planning for an even bigger and better Midnight Madness!Nightmare on 2nd Street Fear Fest – October 24 - 31stDecorate your store front with a Halloween or Harvest/Fall theme and be entered to win 2 VIP passes (value $90). These passes will get you into Dracula the Musical, the movies playing all week at the Monarch, the Haunted House and Ghost Tour. Plus your business will be advertised on the Rock 105.3 radio, website and a poster at the Dracula event running for 3 evenings. Committee judges will be making their choice on October 24th – Good luck!59690005244465006451607176770Board Vacancies00Board Vacancies<br />30384751352550The mandate of the CCDA is to encourage the future business development of the Down Town, to promote the Down Town as a shopping destination and service area, and to help facilitate the sustainability of new and existing businesses in the Downtown.Downtown Canada Day CelebrationsIf you are interested in assisting with Canada Day celebrations downtown next year, the committee is looking for people to help out with this new and exciting event. Members can be anyone from Medicine Hat and it is not restricted to downtown businesses. A meeting will be held Fri Sept 30th at 11:00 AM upstairs in the Arcade Plaza at 419 2nd St.00The mandate of the CCDA is to encourage the future business development of the Down Town, to promote the Down Town as a shopping destination and service area, and to help facilitate the sustainability of new and existing businesses in the Downtown.Downtown Canada Day CelebrationsIf you are interested in assisting with Canada Day celebrations downtown next year, the committee is looking for people to help out with this new and exciting event. Members can be anyone from Medicine Hat and it is not restricted to downtown businesses. A meeting will be held Fri Sept 30th at 11:00 AM upstairs in the Arcade Plaza at 419 2nd St.<br />4572001351915608 3rd Street SEMedicine Hat, ABPhone: 403-529-5997E-mail: ccda@shawbiz.camconrad.ccda@shawbiz.caFax: 403-487-504700608 3rd Street SEMedicine Hat, ABPhone: 403-529-5997E-mail: ccda@shawbiz.camconrad.ccda@shawbiz.caFax: 403-487-5047<br />5619752705100We’re on the Web!www.ccdamedicinehat.comhttp://twitter.com/#!/downtownMHFacebook: Medicine Hat Downtown00We’re on the Web!www.ccdamedicinehat.comhttp://twitter.com/#!/downtownMHFacebook: Medicine Hat Downtown28809955702935009258305702935Chair – Lorraine Dalla-Longa, Dance Connection, 403-977-1363Vice-Chair – Luc Beriault, Positive Life Concepts, 403-527-6724.Director – Ronald Chaykowski, Royal Bank Building, 403-528-5391.Director – Greg Scott, Community Futures Entre-Corp, 403-528-2824.Director- Patrick McNally, PH McNally Associates Ltd., 403-527-5772. Director – Hal Benson, Players Bench, 402-526-6904.Director – Jeff Welling, Stone Furs, 403-527-8200.Director – Alderman Robert Dumanowski, 403-527-7333.Director – Kent Snyder, Scheffer Andrew Ltd., 403-529-4244.Director – Les Schwabe, Capital Strategies Insurance & Financial Inc., 403-526-6622. Director – Beth Perrier, 403-488-2275 If you are interested in joining the CCDA Board, contact the CCDA office at 403-529-5997.00Chair – Lorraine Dalla-Longa, Dance Connection, 403-977-1363Vice-Chair – Luc Beriault, Positive Life Concepts, 403-527-6724.Director – Ronald Chaykowski, Royal Bank Building, 403-528-5391.Director – Greg Scott, Community Futures Entre-Corp, 403-528-2824.Director- Patrick McNally, PH McNally Associates Ltd., 403-527-5772. Director – Hal Benson, Players Bench, 402-526-6904.Director – Jeff Welling, Stone Furs, 403-527-8200.Director – Alderman Robert Dumanowski, 403-527-7333.Director – Kent Snyder, Scheffer Andrew Ltd., 403-529-4244.Director – Les Schwabe, Capital Strategies Insurance & Financial Inc., 403-526-6622. Director – Beth Perrier, 403-488-2275 If you are interested in joining the CCDA Board, contact the CCDA office at 403-529-5997.8496305044440CCDA Board Members00CCDA Board Members925830467423500466725666750City Centre Development Agency00City Centre Development Agency4981575621030000971550222885000535813078308200046863064516000468630356679500606425406336500925830960183500<br />