New re­vi­tal­iza­tion ini­tia­tive an­nounced

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Corn­wall has re­ceived $150,000 in pro­vin­cial fund­ing to un­der­take a com­pre­hen­sive, com­mu­nity-wide re­vi­tal­iza­tion ini­tia­tive.

The fund­ing is be­ing pro­vided by the On­tario Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs (OMAFRA) through its Main Street pro­gram. The city, Corn­wall and Area Cham­ber of Com­merce and the down­town and Le Vil­lage Busi­ness Im­prove­ment Ar­eas are also con­tribut­ing fi­nan­cially to the project.

Build­ing on the on­go­ing suc­cess of Heart of the City (HOTC), Progress Boule­vard will work with stake­hold­ers to de­velop a longterm vi­sion for the fu­ture of Corn­wall's com­mer­cial ar­eas. Whereas HOTC fo­cuses mainly on build­ing up­grades in the down­town and Le Vil­lage ar­eas, Progress Boule­vard will work with the busi­nesses them­selves, both in the tra­di­tional com­mer­cial ar­eas and other parts of the city, to as­sess their needs and to find ways of meet­ing those needs. The ini­tia­tive is be­ing spear­headed by a man­age­ment com­mit­tee of com­mu­nity and busi­ness of­fi­cials rep­re­sent­ing the var­i­ous com­mer­cial ar­eas in Corn­wall. They are work­ing to iden­tify the is­sues con­fronting them and to learn as much as pos­si­ble about the lo­cal eco­nomic and so­cial sit­u­a­tion. Once armed with this knowl­edge, they will be in a po­si­tion to make in­formed choices, bring into fo­cus an over­all vi­sion of the com­mu­nity's fu­ture devel­op­ment and pin­point com­mon ob­jec­tives di­rected at achiev­ing work­able and last­ing re­sults.

"For those of us who have been work­ing to­wards re­vi­tal­iza­tion of down­town Corn­wall, the Progress Boule­vard (Main Street) fund­ing is very well timed and greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. Corn­wall is 1 of 6 On­tario com­mu­ni­ties that can bring com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers to­gether to share their vi­sion on com­mu­nity devel­op­ment and ad­vise the or­ga­ni­za­tional struc­ture to im­ple­ment that vi­sion. Build­ing on the suc­cess of Heart of the City as a re­vi­tal­iza­tion ini­tia­tive, we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing Corn­wall's suc­cess story," said Progress Boule­vard com­mit­tee chair Bryan Merkley.

Or­ga­niz­ers have hired Kevin La­joie for the role of project co­or­di­na­tor. His prin­ci­pal task is to en­cour­age ev­ery­one to work in uni­son, to su­per­vise the ini­tia­tive and to help co­or­di­nate the re­vi­tal­iza­tion process. Among other things, Kevin will be re­search­ing the re­tail/ser­vice needs of the com­mu­nity, shop­ping be­hav­iours and per­cep­tions of the com­mer­cial ar­eas.

The suc­cess of this project hinges on the par­tic­i­pa­tion of all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, and for that rea­son, of­fi­cials are urg­ing ev­ery­one to take part. It is the devel­op­ment of the com­mu­nity, by the com­mu­nity.

To find out more about Progress Boule­vard or other re­vi­tal­iza­tion ef­forts un­der­way in Corn­wall, visit www.corn­wall­heartofthecity.com.

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