ADDRESS by MAYOR WENDY LeBLANC to the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the CARLETON PLACE B.I.A.
January 23, 2014January is absolutely the right time of year to hold an AGM as the events of the past year and the optimism of a new year are still fresh in everyone’s mind. You know, working towards creating a vibrant downtown was one of my election campaign promises; in fact, looking over the literature from the past election, there were a number of current Council members with the same vision, as well as, of course, the members of the BIA and its executive. And now, here we are three years and a lot of dedicated work on the part of many people later, and I’d say we’re well on our way. One of the significant changes that has occurred in the past three years is the increase in the profile of the BIA in the community. This is, of course, difficult to measure and I can’t give you any statistics to verify that statement. But, the busy-ness of the downtown core, the activity that takes place there, the growth in new businesses, the buzz about restaurants, ladies clothing shops, consignment shops, boutiques and more all point to a revitalizing downtown. [Read more...]