Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Four Prince Rupert businesses benefit from 16,000 dollar facade improvement program

As 2016 comes to an end the City of Prince Rupert has highlighted the successful applicants who will share in a 16,000 dollar facade improvement program for the North Coast.

On Monday it was announced that four Prince Rupert businesses benefiting from the grant funding through the Northern Development Initiative Trust.  The money was accessed through an application by the City of Prince Rupert to the NDIT with the funds to be administered by the Prince Rupert and Port Edward Economic Development office

The four local businesses named Monday included Eddies News, Seasport Marine, e'Klectic Trading and McKenzie Furniture.

In an information release from Monday, Paul Venditelli, the Economic Development Officer with the Development office outlined the background to the grant program.

"The program is a great way for businesses to fund the physical improvements that really draw customers in off the street. Fa├žade improvements are a mainstay of economic revitalization efforts in downtown areas across Canada, and we are happy to be able to support local improvements to businesses with the help of NDIT ... The goal of the program is to encourage owners of buildings to invest in upgrades that create a more interesting and appealing environment – attracting customers, clients, visitors and businesses to the community"

More background on the program from the local perspective can be found here.

How the Northern Development Trust Initiative reviews the process from Municipalities and Regional Districts across Northern BC can be examined here.

Business or Property Owners that may have an interest in the facade improvement project are asked to contact the Economic Development Office at 250-627-5138 or by email at paul.venditelli@princerupert.ca to get more information on the program.

Further notes from City Hall developments can be found here, while our look at the North Coast Commercial sector can be reviewed here.

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