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Friday, 15 April 2011 10:21

City, COC create open house for Swift Current businesses

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The City of Swift Current and Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to host an open house for downtown businesses to come and discuss avenues to further the rejuvenation of the district.

Susan Motkaluk, CAO for the City indicated "we want to provide a forum where we can discuss opportunities, challenges and how we can collectively work on projects that will bring more people to the downtown core. We also wish to outline construction projects such as sidewalk rehabilitation, intersection improvements, street lighting improvements and other future plans the city has for the area. It is important that this information be shared with the merchants so they are aware of the timing and locations that will be affected by the construction. In addition, we want to explore options such as increasing the usage of the courtyard at the corner of Chaplin Street and Central Avenue and get feedback on the best way to accomplish this."

On an annual basis, recreation and parks personnel dedicate much effort to ensuring the downtown looks great by way of planting and maintaining city flower planters, tree trimming and general maintenance. Light and Power and engineering departments have focused on paving stone sidewalk rehabilitation and a street light replacement.

Jennifer Lyster, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce is excited to connect with the many downtown businesses that are also members of the Chamber.

"We were excited to partner with the city in hosting this open house for the downtown businesses and if there are suggestions or requests that come out of the meeting, we will do our best to help move them forward. The downtown has become more and more vibrant over the years and through working together we can ensure this trend continues," said Lyster.

Chuck Audette, board member and chairperson of the Chamber's downtown Business Advisory Council (former Downtown Business Association) looks forward to this meeting and how it can spark  interest and participation in advancing the downtown. "Over the past number of years, as a Downtown Business Association group we did meet to discuss issues and opportunities. Through a more collective approach with the City, Chamber of Commerce, and our valued downtown merchants, we anticipate a resurgence of an effective and excited Chamber Advisory Council."

The open house will be held on April 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the banquet room in the Modern Restaurant. All downtown businesses are encouraged to attend and share comments and visions for the downtown core.

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