November 29, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DOWNTOWN BIZ 24th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING UNVEILS BOLD, NEW VISION FOR DOWNTOWN WINNIPEG
Downtown Winnipeg — Over 140 BIZ members and downtown stakeholders attended the Downtown BIZ’s 24th Annual General Meeting, to celebrate the fast-moving progress occurring at the heart of our city, and to highlight the BIZ’s achievements in 2012.
“No matter where you live in Winnipeg, this is your downtown. It’s Manitoba’s largest downtown,” said Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown BIZ. “2012 was a busy year, and we hope to build on this momentum and our programs in 2013 – with you and your support.”
From garbage pick-up, clean streets, street patrols and policing, flower beds and maintenance, festivals and public artwork that line our streets – it’s the little things that the BIZ provides that pack-a-punch and makes our downtown dynamic.
“Our vision is clear, we want density, vibrancy, and planned growth and development for each of our downtown districts,” Grande added.
New programs and initiatives planned for 2013 were also announced:
· Enhanced weekend and evening cleanliness by almost 1000 more hours to our Metro Enviro-Team
· Metro Enviro-Man and his anti-litter campaign will continue to be marketed to the downtown community; and we’re placing a priority on maintaining significant infrastructure like benches, flower baskets and bike racks – to keep downtown clean and green
· The BIZ’s Lights on Broadway capital campaign will see a national competition for a permanent light-based sculpture for one of Broadway’s medians launch in 2013, in partnership with the Winnipeg Arts Council. This sculpture will be the first of many, in what is envisioned as an array of unique, artist-designed sculptures that will help liven Broadway for years to come
· 2013 marks the remaining year of our 3-year strategic plan. As such, the BIZ will focus on engaging the downtown community and BIZ members in the planning process for our 2014-2016 strategic plan
· Develop a concierge education and awareness plan so retailers and hoteliers are in the loop of all things downtown – helping market our city centre to tourists and visitors in a positive and coordinated manner
· A new Watch Loss Prevention Team will focus on educating and supporting parkade owners and operators, and our retailers in the areas of loss prevention – helping provide greater awareness about preventative tactics to their employees, clients and downtown customers
· Our new Community Homeless Assistance Team (CHAT) will add 2 fully trained social/street workers to our Watch staff, with the goal to help people – those less fortunate or homeless – off the street and into healthier, more stable lives, in a comprehensive manner through traditional outreach work
· The BIZ’s Change for the Better program and CEO Sleepout will continue to raise awareness about the solutions to ending homelessness in our downtown, such as supportive housing and employment of our city’s most vulnerable
The BIZ thanks its Management Board, committee members, BIZ staff and volunteers, and especially BIZ members and downtown stakeholders who work tirelessly to make our downtown a better place – and sponsors, partners, and three levels of government who have stepped up to move Downtown Winnipeg forward.
To learn more, visit www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com to download our 2012 Annual Report.
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For more information:
Jason Syvixay, Public Relations Coordinator
Ph: (204) 958-4635; Cell: 997-3040