Jason Stoner , BDBA Board Chair and General Manager of The Waterfront Hotel Downtown Burlington shares his view on the resolutions of the Burlington Downtown Business Association.
Anatomy of a downtown resolution
According to most, my personal new year’s resolutions have about six weeks remaining so we’ll focus on the collective resolutions of the Burlington Downtown Business Association (BDBA) — our “statement of intent” for this year.
Surpassing our successes from 2013 will not be easy, yet our “intent” in 2014 is to create premium experiences for you, in all areas that make up a RESOLUTION:
R is for Retail – Our downtown business community boasts one of the most dynamic retail ecosystems in Halton Region. Expect a more diverse mix of destination retailers and one-of-a kind shops.
E is for Events – Favourites like Saturdays in the Square and Fit in the Core return, while new experiences like Burlington Beer Festival (July) bridge the gap between Downtown Streetfest/SOM Festival and Marques D’Elegance.
S is for Services – The large and growing professional service sector that chooses our downtown as their home. They’re here to enhance every aspect of your daily lives.
O is for Options – When it comes to options few places compare. A myriad of dining choices, award-winning spas and unique retail within a few walkable city blocks.
L is for Leisure – Activities are endless in downtown Burlington. Join us for a theatre performance or an art or cooking class. Walk, run or bike to or through the core in your pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.
U is for You – we need you and your commitment to rediscover downtown.
T is for Together – We will continue to build the downtown community though valuable partnerships with local corporate, cultural and government industries that share our pride of place.
I is for I – Yes me, staff and volunteers who donate time and expertise to build these programs.
O is for Overcoming challenges – Every downtown faces challenges. They are inevitable with customer-focused ideas. We learn to grow and adapt through feedback. Like any chance worth taking, we temper our success by filtering out destructive or ignorant actions and words that ruin it for others.
N is for Nightlife – When patrons share their memorable experiences with us they recall being “alive after five”. Our thriving hospitality industry invites you to make new memories with us as your host.
I believe that the success of any resolution — personal or organizational — rests with strong support systems, clear strategies and commitment. In 2014 the BDBA pledges to combine all of these parts into a resolution not to ourselves but to you. This year expect to find even more reasons for downtown to be your family’s playground. Happy New Year.