Your BIA Update

Port Stanley has a vibrant and active BIA (Business Improvement Area) but there often seems to be some confusion about just exactly what “The BIA” is.  Each and every commercial property in the BIA area contributes to our budget via a BIA Levy.  A volunteer board proposes a budget each year which is approved by the membership and then implemented by the board.  No additional tax dollars are added to our budget.  It is entirely funded by the businesses in the area and it’s a legal sub-committee of The Municipality of Central Elgin.   In addition, there are some amazing board members that serve with me to make all of this a reality.  Your current board is Colleen Row (councillor for Ward 1), Ted Halwa (commercial property owner), Carol Thompson (Owner, Carol Thompson Real Estate), Melissa Van Ymeren (owner of Lady Savannah), Kim Saunders (owner of The Windjammer), plus Carol Gates (BIA Chair and owner of GTs On The Beach)

Here is what’s being organized in Port Stanley, all thanks to your business community.

Your board has made beautification and marketing top priorities in 2019 and will be meeting soon to discuss projects for 2019.

We will be applying to Elgin County for another Elgincentives grant to continue our Transformer Box Wrapping project.  We have chosen historical photos to go on all the big green transformer boxes and are awaiting the first proofs right now.  They should be looking much better by the end of the summer.

In 2019, we partnered with Southwestern Ontario Tourism Corporation (SWOTC) to produce two professional Port Stanley Videos.  One is for summer and one is for Christmas.  You can see them on our YouTube by clicking or

In part because this is the 50th year of Pride celebrations but mostly because Port Stanley is an incredibly inclusive community, we have had rainbow crosswalks installed at the intersection of Edith Cavell Blvd. and William Street!

While the BIA will not be organizing any summer festivals or fireworks this season, we are very pleased that

Melissa from Lady Savannah will once again be organizing Dickens Days Weekend to kick off our Christmas season.  This years festivities will be Nov 29th – Dec 1st.  The traditional Dickens Days night parade will be Friday Nov 29th at 7pm followed by cookies and hot chocolate and Santa at Mackies.  In addition, there will be horse & carriage rides, Santa train rides, lots of entertainment, store open houses and much more!  Keep an eye here for updates!

It’s going to be an amazing 2019!

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