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Gravenhurst seeks public members to implement downtown plan

GRAVENHURST – The plan is in place – now the town needs help pulling it off.

The Downtown Revitalization Committee, a committee of Gravenhurst town council, is seeking new membership to carry out the implementation of the strategic action plan, beginning in the new year.

The committee, which was originally established in 2011, would like to add a broader range of expertise and experience to help execute the plan.

“We were very fortunate to have a very dedicated group of community stakeholders, who ensured that a plan was developed that can affect positive change in our downtown,” said Mayor Paisley Donaldson.

“It’s now time to involve others from the community to make sure the plan becomes a reality,” she added in a news release this week.

The Downtown Revitalization Committee will provide leadership and strategic guidance to the downtown revitalization process aimed at strengthening the commercial sector, improving the physical environment and promoting activities that will add to the community’s quality of life.

As community ambassadors, the release says members will foster effective communication and collaboration among the various stakeholders and oversee the work plans and initiatives associated with the approved Downtown Revitalization Strategic Action Plan.

The committee will provide advice to the municipality and communicate information back to their respective stakeholder groups where appropriate regarding the Strategic Action Plan implementation.

“We are building on the strength of the current membership by adding new energy and diverse skills and knowledge,” said Renato Romanin, director of economic development and communications. “We are building a team of people who can make things happen,” he says.

The committee is comprised of representatives from council; Business Improvement Area; Chamber of Commerce; and the public representing the broader community. Knowledge, experience and interest in community development would be assets.

Applicants must provide a letter, addressed to Romanin, expressing interest in the position as well as a brief biographical outline or résumé to the Town Office or via by 12:00noon, January 8.

For more information about the Downtown Revitalization project visit

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