Lots to be ex­cited about for down­town in 2019

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Small cracks do not mean you are bro­ken, it means that you were put to the test and didn’t fall apart. I be­lieve this ac­cu­rately de­scribes the past year for our down­town as the busi­nesses, res­i­dents, vis­i­tors, and pa­trons were faced with a num­ber of chal­lenges.

While 2018 tested the strength and re­siliency of our down­town, it cer­tainly is not bro­ken and ex­cit­ing things are ahead for 2019. In fact, the Com­mu­nity Is­sues Com­mit­tee meet­ing of City Coun­cil will hear more about the new strate­gies to sup­port a clean and safe down­town at their meet­ing to­day.

In tak­ing a mo­ment to look back at the year that was, there is still lots to be ex­cited about and proud of. We wel­comed a num­ber of new and in­no­va­tive busi­nesses, at­tracted thou­sands of vis­i­tors through the host­ing of events and fes­ti­vals, saw build­ings (slated from de­mo­li­tion) brought back to life and wit­nessed count­less ded­i­cated or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als giv­ing up their time to make down­town a bet­ter place.

The Heart of Our City com­mit­tee is ex­cited to an­nounce de­tails for the fourth an­nual Cel­e­brate Down­town event. This event rec­og­nizes down­town cham­pi­ons for all the work that has been done, and con­tin­ues to be done by our com­mu­nity to cre­ate, main­tain and pro­mote Leth­bridge’s down­town.

The Cel­e­brate Down­town awards re­cep­tion will take place on April 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mul­ti­cul­tural Cen­tre (421 6th Av­enue South). Par­tic­i­pants will en­joy ap­pe­tiz­ers, drinks, and live en­ter­tain­ment. Down­town friends, neigh­bours, col­leagues and com­mu­nity con­trib­u­tors will have an op­por­tu­nity to net­work and join the HOC in hon­our­ing down­town cham­pi­ons. This in­cludes the in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses, or­ga­ni­za­tions and events that have in­vested in mak­ing our down­town more beau­ti­ful, liv­able, ex­cit­ing, vi­brant, ac­ces­si­ble and sus­tain­able.

There are seven Cel­e­brate Down­town

award cat­e­gories and nom­i­na­tions will re­main open un­til March 1. More in­for­ma­tion can be found on the Cel­e­brate Down­town Face­book Page (www.face­book.com/cel­e­brate­downto wn­leth­bridge).

As we look ahead to 2019, I chal­lenge ev­ery res­i­dent to help our down­town to be the best it can be. With our part­ners on the Down­town BRZ and the Heart of Our City Com­mit­tee, we en­cour­age you to con­trib­ute to the con­tent of this col­umn and the BRZ’s #OurDown­town video series with your com­ments, ques­tions, ideas, and sug­ges­tions and en­gag­ing with us on Twit­ter (@Down­townLeth) us­ing the hash­tag#ourdown­town and at www.get­involvedleth­bridge.ca/ourdown­town.

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