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Fort William Business District Looks towards the future


THUNDER BAY, ON  -----   February 10, 2013 ----  “The Fort William Business District has received funding from Thunder Bay Ventures to do a Strategic Plan and is Fort William Business District BIApleased to announce Patricia Forrest of Forrest Marketing +Communications has been hired to facilitate the strategic plan”, stated JP Fraser Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

The Strategic Planning Committee that is made up of BIA Board member and Committee Chair, JP Fraser, BIA Board member Tom Petrie, Shelby Ch’ng,  owner of Unveiled Bridal Boutique, Christine Meronyk - employee of Nutrition Corner and Country Store. and John Pateman Chief Librarian and CEO for the Thunder Bay Public Library.

The Committee has invited a cross selection of business owners, community groups, hospitality and City departments to make presentations about their vision of the Fort William Business District.  Public Meetings will be held on February 12, 13, 19 & 20 in Victoriaville Centre in suite 72 (near friends of the library and Lake Superior Art Gallery) beginning at 5:30pm.

The following have been invited to do a presentation:  SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY
Lakehead University Thunder wolves  , Best Western  , Valhalla Inn, Victoria Inn, Rene Larson, Francis Larizza, Mike McNabb, Ahsanul Habib, Aldo Roberto, Shoppers Drug, Amethyst Gift Centre, President of Youth Centres Thunder Bay , First  Wesley Church, St Andrews  Church, St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Paul Anglican, Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce president,  Harold Wilson, Regional Multicultural Youth Centre, Pam Cain - Community Arts & Heritage Education Program,  Simpson Street BIA, Westfort BA,
Caroline Kajorinne , Fort William Curling Club, The superintendent for Community Policing , District Area Social Service , City Manager, Tim Commisso , Manager & Chair of Parking authority, NAN Grand Chief Yesno.

A survey has also been sent individual members , Associate members of the BIA as well as employees of the City of Thunder Bay.

The Business Improvement Area of the Fort William Business District was established in 1984.  It is a non-profit organization which represents almost 200 businesses in our area.
It is governed by an appointed volunteer Board of Management and staffed by a part-time office personnel and full-time maintenance personnel. The B.I.A. is responsible not only for improving the image of an historical area and promoting businesses in the downtown Fort William area, but also for beautification in our geographical area.

Today is an exciting time to live and work on the South Side of the City of Thunder Bay and especially to be business owner in the Fort William Business District.
Excitement is already starting to build in anticipation of the opening of the New Consolidated Courthouse which will bring together, the legal community, the judicial bar and students from our new law school into the Fort William Business District.
Building on this excitement, the Fort William Business District has reached out to the Thunder Bay Business Community, City Administration, and our loyal customers to help us develop a forward looking Strategic plan for our BIA.
We are a family orientated area, with a large number people being served by our downtown core. Residents, of Neebing, Northwood, Westfort and McKellar ward use the services we offer.
Being very much aware of this we have invited both the Simpson Street BIA and the Westfort BA's to assist us in developing our Strategic plan.
Follow this link to participate in our survey
JP Fraser, Chair Strategic Planning Committee

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