2016 Best In The West Award Winners
At the 2016 Conference in Vancouver the following Best In The West Awards were distributed. Where entries exceeded the criteria and shone as examples of strategic excellence in their respective categories, Awards of Excellence were presented, Where entries met the criteria, Awards of Merit were given. The work plans for each winner is available as a resource for all members. Start planning for your entry for the 2017 Best In The West Awards!
Programming and Partnerships
Downtown Vancouver BIA – Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver 2040
To celebrate its 25th Anniversary, the Downtown Vancouver BIA developed a collaborative and compelling vision of the 2040 downtown Vancouver experience by engaging a wide spectrum of those who live, work, play, learn and do business in the downtown. More than 11,000 people dreamt about how they wanted downtown Vancouver to look, feel and taste over the next 25 years.
International Avenue BRZ – Greater in Greater Forest Lawn
International Avenue BRZ in Calgary is the central business district for over seven communities. They realized over the years that economic restraints in their community often limit people from achieving their full potential. The project aims to build on people's ideas and create a groundswell of projects aimed at creating a better world/community. Individuals or groups can give a small pitch (5 minutes) on their idea and ask the audience to support their project. $2,500 per session is given away to "Making your community better project" as chosen by the audience.
Downtown Nanaimo BIA – Park It
The Downtown Nanaimo BIA Parking Committee approached the City with a proposal that would help mitigate the impact of fee increases and address concerns about the impact of upcoming changes to the members. In addition addressing a long-standing problem, parking abuse by members and their employees in the free 2-hour zones that were meant for customers. The DNBIA's annual parking campaign is co-funded by the City of Nanaimo and the DNBIA produces a marketing campaign to provide downtown parking information for the public.
Downtown Victoria BA – Car Free YYJ
On June 21, 2015 (Father's Day), the DVBA closed six blocks of Douglas Street for a celebration of community in the street, Car Fee YYJ. Douglas Street was transformed with three stages providing live music, a 7100 sq foot grassy park, a farmers market, a beer garden, kids and family activities, a half-pipe, free guided tours of downtown Victoria and 237 vendors who lined the streets. The goals of the event were to position Douglas Street differently in the eye of the public, to re-introduce downtown to local residents and to encourage alternate means of transportation.
New Westminster BIA – Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest
The Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest has become the largest one day food truck fest on the continent featuring 75 food trucks in 2015, various beer gardens, live entertainment, a farmers market, and a "local love" block dedicated to showing off the BIA's own foodie members. 90,000 people attended the event on August 22, 2015 from all over Metro Vancouver. By leveraging all media connestions and social media power, the BIA has been able to attract history-making crowds and show off a strong, connected, vibrant Downtown.
Downtown Maple Ridge BIA – Win Your Wish
In its third year, Win Your Wish has developed into a much-aniticpated local holiday shopping contest that attracts thousands of participants annually, and it is growing! Customers purchase any item in Downtown Maple Ridge during the contest period, obtain a receipt, and enter it in any drop box around town for a chance to win one of four $2,000 prize packages.
Safety and Security
Downtown Maple Ridge BIA – Back Alley Mural Program
The Downtown Maple Ridge BIA's Back Alley Mural Program encourages pedestrian traffic in the alley ways of the business area with a vibrant series of murals. In summer 2015, two flagship murals were unveiled in a previously dark and boring allet wat, becoming the first pieces in a series of mural projects that seek to brighten our downtown core.
Economic and Business Development
West End BIZ – Open for Business
Open for Business is a project to increase awareness of the West End Business Improvement Zone as an ideal place for business to locate in Winnipeg. A broker's package supported by a commercial, website updates, advertisements and research were produced to achieve this objective. Including testimonials by business owners, relevant market data, residential information and an overview of the community direction, Open for Business highlights the experience and benefits of operating in the area. The response from local brokers has been positive and results are quickly showing. With the support of coinciding advertising and promotion, the West End BIZ hopes to realize continued growth in the years to come.
Mount Pleasant BIA – Expansion Project
For 27 years MPBIA staff and the Board of Directors have worked tirelessly to create an enhanced business environment in Mount Pleasant. Through the expansion process, it was their intention to get to know their neighbours, find out the challenges they face and offer expertise to help them. Amazing connections were made with businesses and property owners. Through this two year process they were able to isolate an area that the BIA could help create positive expansion boundaries. Pleased to say, the expansion was approved.
International Avenue BRZ – SE17 Transitway - Member Consultation
A massive redesign and construction in the International Avenue BRZ in Calgary is set to begin in June 2016, worth over $98 million. The BRZ needed to get the message out to their members for their feedback and understanding of the project. Through an intensive communication initiative (email, hand delivery, direct mail, facebook and calendar invite) the International Avenue BRZ reached all 415 encouraging members to attend the SE Transitway Open House and AGM, where business response was 89% in the positive.