A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of commercial property owners and tenants within a defined area who work in partnership with the City to create thriving, competitive, and safe business areas that attract shoppers, diners, tourists, and new businesses. By working collectively as a BIA, local businesses have the organizational and funding capacity to be catalysts for civic improvement, enhancing the quality of life in their local neighbourhood and the City as a whole.
Local businesses, working collectively as a BIA, become catalysts for civic improvements, ultimately enhancing the business climate and quality of life of the neighbourhood. As a legal organization mandated by provincial legislation, BIAs are able to develop a budget for improvements and, through the city, collect a levy from businesses in the area to raise the necessary funds.
BIAs improve their local economies through activities such as:
A BIA is run by a volunteer Board of Management elected from its members. The Board is nominated at an Annual General Meeting and, once approved by City Council, serves a four-year term concurrent with the term of Council. The Board works on behalf of its BIA and meets regularly to develop budgets, set priorities, implement capital improvements, plan festivals, and promote its business area.
Once the BIA members approve the budget and City Council ratifies it, funds are raised through a levy on all commercial and industrial properties within the BIA’s boundary. Calculation of this levy is based on the proportionate value of each property’s commercial and/or industrial assessment. Once the City collects the levy, it returns the funds to the BIA to manage.
The North Bay Downtown Improvement Area was created by By-Law No. 144-77 in 1978. The Mission Statement, To preserve and develop the heart of North Bay, was adopted by the DIA in 1995 and remains their primary objective. The Downtown Improvement Area works to achieve this goal and concentrates on tourism, business retention and expansion, and promotions. Festivals and special events are held at various times throughout the year in an effort to increase traffic levels, enhance the profile of the Downtown and strengthen investor confidence in the Downtown core.
Ms. Michelle Trudeau, Michelle's FrameMaker & Gallery
Ms. Katie Bevan, The Farm: Fashion, Art, Retail Market
Ms. Rae Brenne, Stix and Stones
Ms. Dayna Greco, London Underground
Mr. Barry Klus, Cheapskates and The Annex
Mr. Brannyn Hale, Green Vision Developments Ltd.
Mr. Mac Bain, City Council Representative
Mr. Dave Mendicino, City Council Representative
Ms. Sara Gage, Treasurer
Ms. Bev Hillier, City Liaison
Katie Bevan (Chair - Beautification)
Barry Klus (Co-Chair - Security)
Rae Brenne (Chair)
The Committees are comprised of members from the Downtown North Bay (DIA) Board of Directors as well as members of our Downtown businesses.
Any Downtown business owner and/or employee can be apart of any committee. If you are a volunteer from the public and want to take part in any of the Downtown's committees, please contact the office on how to become involved!