Downtowns from Quebec, Vermont celebrate “sisterhood”

first_imgOfficials representing the downtown associations of Coaticook, PQ and Newport City formally celebrated their new Jumelage or ‘sister downtown’ relationship at a ceremony in Montpelier Tuesday, the first of what supporters hope will be many such connections made.‘Both of these communities have thriving downtowns, and both are working to further enhance the economic and social vitality in their downtowns,’ said Governor Jim Douglas, who attended the ceremony. ‘I hope this initiative will provide yet another opportunity for Vermont and Quebec to learn about each other’s best practices, this time in downtown revitalization, and set the stage for greater cooperation in the future.’Officials from Quebec’s downtowns and the Fondation Rue Principal (Main Street Foundation) were in Vermont for several days visiting their Vermont Downtown Program counterparts in several of the state’s designated downtowns and village centers to learn more about their efforts.‘We are very excited,’ said Julie Favreau, Coordinator of Coaticook’s Rues Principales. ‘We are at the very beginning of this process, so we are looking forward to cooperating with the City of Newport.’‘Newport City Renaissance Corporation is looking forward to exploring all possibilities and opportunities to partner with our sister organization in Coaticook, Quebec,’ said Patricia Sears, Executive Director of the downtown organization for Newport. ‘This will be an expansion of the work we have been doing for the past three years with the Eastern Townships in Quebec to enhance cross-border exchange of culture and commerce.’The Vermont Downtown program works to support local revitalization efforts in the state’s designated downtowns and villages. To date, 23 Vermont downtowns and 103 village centers are designated and all older and historic buildings in these designated areas are eligible for investment incentives.‘One of the key things we’ve learned in downtown revitalization is that you have to have a dedicated downtown revitalization organization to lead the process,’ said Joss Besse, director of the Vermont Downtown Program.  ‘This visit brings together the managers of those organizations, both Quebec and Vermont, to learn from each other’s experiences.’Designated communities become eligible to compete for funding for building rehabilitation and safety improvements, and transportation projects, primarily Downtown and Village Center State Tax Credits.In 11 years, the state has dedicated over $12 million these communities, leveraging hundreds of millions more in private and municipal investments.For more information, please visit: www.historicvermont.org/programs/downtown.html(link is external)last_img read more

Man in Motion coming to Fort St. John for tour anniversary

first_imgRick Hansen will be visiting Fort St. John during the 25th Anniversary of his cross-Canada tour.The Man in Motion, himself, will be making a special stop in the city on May 21, 2012.- Advertisement -In conjunction with Hansen’s visit, local heroes who have made differences in people’s lives will be honoured.Those who are recognized will receive a replica of the Rick Hansen Medal, which had originally been specifically designed by the Royal Canadian Mint.The tour will cross 600 communities in all provinces and territories across Canada. Around 7,000 residents are expected to participate in the relay, passing the original medal across the country. The official tour starts in Cape Spear, N.L. on August 24, 2011 and will end in Vancouver on May 22, 2012.Advertisementlast_img read more