The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ today celebrated its 30th birthday while rolling out a new look and strategic direction to support an active, thriving and safe downtown where everyone feel welcome.
“Today, there’s more to see, do, enjoy and explore in downtown Winnipeg than at any point in the past three decades, but there’s still work to do,” said Downtown Winnipeg BIZ CEO Kate Fenske. “Our job now is building on the momentum, energy and investment that continue to revitalize our downtown, while also putting renewed focus on priorities like safety, cleanliness and inclusion.”
Speaking today at the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ annual general meeting, Fenske said the new brand identity reflects a fresh optimism and confidence in Winnipeg’s downtown, while the organization’s strategic priorities reflect the needs of BIZ members and downtown stakeholders.
A recent survey of over 3,000 Winnipeggers highlighted several core priorities, including continued efforts to make downtown active, vibrant and energized every day of the week, while also enhancing programs and advocacy to improve safety and address challenges such as homelessness, addictions and mental health.
The survey found strong approval for BIZ-led programs, advocacy and resources. Some 78% of respondents said Downtown Watch Ambassadors made them feel safer downtown, while over 88% said the BIZ plays an important role in making downtown Winnipeg a better place. Investment across downtown continues to grow, while downtown festivals and events continue to break all-time attendance records.
“We know we’re on the right track, and we’re grateful to our members and all Winnipeggers who have helped us identify where we can do more,” said Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Board Chair Diana Wiesenthal. “We’re hearing a renewed confidence that our downtown’s best days will be the ones still to come.
The BIZ’s annual report and new three-year strategic direction – both released at the AGM today – are available on the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ website.