April 18, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHAT’S YOUR BOLD IDEA FOR DOWNTOWN?
BIZ INITIATIVE ENCOURAGES CONVERSATION ABOUT THE HEART OF OUR CITY
Downtown Winnipeg – Everyone has an opinion about the city in which they live, shop, and play. The ideas from the community is the energy which drives the Downtown BIZ’s Downtown Living Room initiative, which is a hub for promoting all things downtown and encouraging dialogue. From now until June, the Living Room will encourage Downtown BIZ members, office workers, residents, students, and visitors to get involved, learn more about their city centre, and discuss initiatives, developments, and opportunities downtown.
The Downtown BIZ is nearing the end of its 2011 – 2013 Strategic Plan, and will be soliciting feedback and ideas from the community in guiding its next 3-year vision at the Downtown Living Room.
“With so many positive developments and initiatives taking place, the Downtown Living Room aims to provide people with an outlet to express their ideas, suggestions, and vision for their downtown,” said Stefano Grande, Downtown BIZ executive director. “Change happens when people participate and take action. We’re looking forward to hearing from the downtown community!”
Downtown Living Room participants will also get a chance to learn about the Sports, Hospitality, and Entertainment District (SHED), meet downtown developers and planners, hear from young entrepreneurs, and have a say on issues like rapid transit, safety, cleanliness, and one of downtown’s most topical issues – the need for a grocery store.
Notable presentations include, but are not limited to:
April 18 – Downtown Parking (Winnipeg Parking Authority & BIZ)
April 19 – Downtown Safety (Winnipeg Police Service & BIZ)
April 22 – Downtown Farmers Market (BIZ)
April 23 – Does the Business Community Want a Grocery Store? (CentreVenture & BIZ)
May 2 – Keeping Downtown Clean & Green (BIZ)
May 27 – How UWinnipeg is Revitalizing Downtown & West End (Lloyd Axworthy)
June 19 – Downtown Cycling (BIZ, Bike to Work)
July 10 – Downtown Loss Prevention & Addressing Homelessness (Charles Gauthier, Vancouver BIA)
For the full schedule of presentations, visit: http://www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com/livingroom
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Leader, Strategic Initiatives & Public Relations
(204) 958-4635 email@example.com