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Monday, March 18, 2013

Omemee Explores BIA Options -Tuesday Be There!

Tuesday March 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM, join Omemee Businesses and the City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development  Department welcoming  Kay Matthews, Executive Director of the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA). Ms. Matthews will share her knowledge and experience around how a BIA can support the core of a community to keep it healthy and vibrant as a gathering place and the heart of commerce. This event will take place at 1King Street West in the Coronation Hall, Omemee, and is wheelchair accessible. 

What BIA Questions Would You Like Answered? 

One issue which has been hotly debated by members of the Former OBCIA  is the important role of community organizations, individuals,  local farmers, and vacation property owners in helping to improve  the local quality of life. Come out to the meeting and find out if these groups and individuals might have roles in a BIA, and what differentiates a BIA from a Chamber of Commerce.

Omemee business community members have been working together with the Economic Development Department from the City of Kawartha Lakes for the past year to develop relationships, collaborate, expand their businesses, and enhance their community. 

Meet and greet with local food at 6:30 PM
Presentation at 7:00 PM

The OBIAA, collectively, represents over 280 BIAs and 55000 businesses in Ontario. Through membership, business improvement areas increase their effectiveness and their contribution to the economic, cultural and social well-being of communities in Ontario. Ms. Matthews presented in Coboconk in February. Interest continues to build in other communities throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The ultimate goal of Economic Development is to retain and expand existing businesses in the communities thus leading to more jobs. The group is seeking a structure such as a Business Improvement Area (BIA) to pursue their goals.

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