The Bronte BIA is gearing up for the second phase of an economic action plan for Bronte Village merchants. In the fall of 2011, the Board of the Bronte BIA, through Board Member and Ward 1 Councillor Ralph Robinson, asked for assistance from the Town of Oakville’s Economic Development Dept. to form an expert panel to explore ways in which to improve the business climate in Bronte Village.
Since then, the BIA has worked with the Town departments to set out a process for consultation with the business community. Urban Marketing Collaborative (UMC), specialists in retail projects, were hired to undertake research as well as facilitate interviews, focus group sessions and stakeholder workshops in order to deliver a strategic economic action plan for Bronte, which has been received by Council.
Phase II of this process is taking place this week with two more stakeholder workshops planned for Thursday, October 10 at 8am at Walton Memorial United Church, the second on Wednesday, October 16 at 6pm. at the same location.
“This is an important initiative for Bronte”, says BIA Chair, Mary Roberts. During Phase I of this process we were told by prominent architect Ralph Giannone, a member of the expert panel who has been a key player in the design of many communities, “that Bronte Village is the next great thing on the western GTA waterfront, I’ve seen it before, change is coming and Bronte better be prepared for it”.
Roberts urges all Bronte BIA merchants and commercial property owners to engage in this process and be a part of the vision for our emerging Bronte.
She asked that people respond to either of the dates offered by responding to Victoria Stasiuk, Senior Economic Development Officer, Economic Development Dept., Town of Oakville at 905-845-6601 ext.3367 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org