March Downtown Revitalization Online Community of Practice


Building on the success of the first online Downtown Revitalization Community of Practice (DRCOP) held in November 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is pleased to launch the second session in the series, to be held on March 29th, 2018, from 10:30am-12:00pm.

What is a Community of Practice? It is an informally structured group that allows practitioners with an interest in economic development or downtown development to promote leading practices, share success stories, and build capabilities for supporting downtown revitalization across the province. Membership is open and attendance at any individual event is optional, as the topics will vary based on interest expressed by the group.

The Downtown Revitalization Community of Practice (DRCOP) meets for a 1.5 hour webinar on a quarterly basis, with the option to add additional or face-to-face meetings, as demand or interest grows.

The first session of the DRCOP was focused on Measuring Progress on Downtown Revitalization. The theme of March’s session is physical improvements to the downtown, and their potential to support the success of businesses. The session will feature presentations from design, landscape architecture, and planning firm Stempski Kelly Associates Inc. on their experience around Ontario; the Township of Cavan Monaghan on their physical improvements undertaken in in Millbrook; and the City of Belleville on the impacts of their Build Belleville project. The session will also provide opportunities for open exchanges on challenges and opportunities faced by communities doing physical improvements in their downtown and main street areas, and an update on resources being launched to assist Ontario’s downtown revitalization community.

To register for the event, click on the link below:

OMAFRA facilitates and coordinates resources and tools to assist rural Ontario communities with engaging in economic development. For more information on OMAFRA’s Downtown Revitalization program, visit our website or contact the Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor in your area.


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