North owner Robbie Irvine hired to implement Gravenhurst downtown revitalization program
GRAVENHURST – Uptown is going with one of its own in a bid to revive itself.
The Downtown Revitalization management committee has appointed Robbie Irvine as the Interim Downtown Revitalization Coordinator.
She and her husband own the North Restaurant and Carey’s Pub.
Irvine began work Monday and is contracted to December 31 of this year.
She will help start implementation of a new plan set out this summer.
No financial details were release by the town.
She replaces the former co-ordinator Natalie Brull, who left at the end of the September for another job.
“We are extremely delighted to have Robbie on board to keep the momentum of the project moving forward at this critical stage,” said Joanne Twist, revitalization committee chair in a news release from the town Friday. “She has been with the project as an active committee member from the beginning, so she knows intimately what needs to be done over the coming weeks.”
Town council recently approved the Downtown Strategic Action Plan; retaining the Downtown Revitalization Management Committee to oversee the implementation phase; and will consider appropriate financial allocation in the 2014 budget and supporting any future applications for government funding to assist with the implementation of the plan.
The committee is wrapping up phase one and preparing to move into phase two, which entails the implementation of the strategies prescribed in the action alan.
Plans are also being made to explore the available funding programs at the provincial and federal levels to help support the filling of the co-ordinator position for a two year contract.
“I’m very pleased to have temporarily stepped into the role of Downtown Revitalization coordinator for the next three months,” said. Irvine. “The project’s management committee and stakeholders have worked incredibly hard to get to this point.” “I am honoured to be able to help culminate phase one and to lay the groundwork for a successful launch of phase two,” she added.
The strategic action plan will be unveiled at a ‘pizza party’ business and community social October 23 at the Gravenhurst Opera House from 6 – 8 p.m. Committee members will be on hand to discuss the plans and provide information.
The project has been funded through the Rural Economic Development (RED) program through the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, and the Ministry of Rural Affairs (OMAF & MRA – formerly OMAFRA) in partnership with the Town of Gravenhurst, Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce and the Gravenhurst Business Improvement Area.
The following information can be found on www.gravenhurst.ca:
- Town of Gravenhurst Downtown Revitalization Strategic Action Plan;
- Presentation to Town Council, September 17, 2013
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