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North Grenville to host presentation on the role of small town Business Improvement Areas

November 27, 2019

KEMPTVILLE, ONTARIO – The Municipality of North Grenville and the Old Town Kemptville BIA are hosting a special presentation and discussion forum on the role and value of small town Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) on Thursday, December 5th from 6 to 9 pm at the North Grenville Municipal Centre (285 CR44 Kemptville). Residents, business owners and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

This collaborative event will feature a keynote presentation from Kay Matthews from the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA). Kay is the former Executive Director for the Downtown Georgetown BIA and is an experienced and accomplished speaker and facilitator. Kay has been the keynote speaker at many community and economic development events across North America. 

“Over the past few years our Downtown has seen a growing revival, due to the considerable efforts of the Old Town Kemptville BIA. Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman who serves as the BIA Liaison as well as myself and the rest of my Council colleagues and I look forward to Kay Matthews’ presentation and continuing to work with the BIA and its partners to further develop the Downtown as a key commercial and community hub for all of North Grenville,” said Mayor of North Grenville, Nancy Peckford.

A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is a “made-in-Ontario” innovation that enables local business leaders, commercial property owners and tenants to join together and, with the support of the municipality, organize, finance, and carry out physical improvements, tourism activities, marketing initiatives and promote economic development in their district.

The Old Town Kemptville BIA represents and supports 77 businesses and organizations providing employment for 200 people. Over the years the BIA has successfully organized community events that draw thousands of visitors to Downtown Kemptville, including Not Just Ladies Night, Kreepy Kemptville and this weekend’s Old Town Kemptville Christmas.

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For more information contact:                                        

Deron Johnston, Executive Director - Old Town Kemptville BIA
 
613-258-9569 ext. 401