Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area will benefit from an investment announced today by Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation (GCFDC) and Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. Through the Eastern Ontario Development Program’s Community Innovation projects stream, GCFDC is pleased to provide the Business Improvement Area (BIA) with an investment of $1,985. This funding will support local economic development with the design and production costs associated with two way-finding signs, which will direct County Road 43 traffic into downtown Kemptville.
The Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) advances economic development in rural eastern Ontario. Through EODP, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is collaborating with Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in eastern Ontario to promote the growth of new and existing businesses in rural communities.
- The Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area is a geographic area in Downtown Kemptville. The BIA Board of Management is set up to provide business promotion and improvement functions within that area. The mandate of the Old Town Kemptville BIA is to provide leadership to, and advocacy for, the collaborating stakeholders (businesses, building owners, residents and those who work downtown) with the goal of achieving an economically viable and thriving downtown commercial and social hub in North Grenville.
- GCFDC is one of the 15 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in eastern Ontario supported by FedDev Ontario. CFDC’s deliver a wide variety of programs and services to support community economic development and small business growth. They employ local staff and are each governed by a volunteer board of directors, made up of local residents representing the community.
- The Eastern Ontario Development Program is a $48-million economic development initiative focused on addressing economic challenges in eastern Ontario and taking advantage of innovative opportunities in the region.
“This investment in Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area’s signage project will result in increased tourism traffic to the BIA shopping district, improving profitability, sales and competitiveness and stimulating growth of new and existing businesses in this retail cluster.”
Sally Litz, Chair, Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation
“We are proud to support the Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area”, said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, Economic Development and the Minister heading the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. “Investments like this will help support economic development by attracting visitors to the local business community.”
“The Old Town Kemptville BIA is happy to promote the entire downtown commercial core of Kemptville with these directional signs. Only by pulling together with the rest of the business community can we build a vibrant social and commercial hub in North Grenville.”
Deb Wilson, Chair, Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area
“This beautiful sign points to the heart of our community but more importantly, it points to the future and the important and exciting work that we are all contributing to for the future. I say to all business and community minded people, Come along and join in. We want and need your talent and your support.”
Councilor Donovan Arnaud, Chair, North Grenville Economic Development Advisory Committee
Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area: www.oldtownkemptville.com
North Grenville Economic Development: www.greenandgrowing.ca/business
Eastern Ontario Development Program: www.feddevontario.gc.ca
Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation: www.grenvillecfdc.com