Fonds 0141 - Downtown Business Revitalization Zone of Grande Prairie fonds

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Downtown Business Revitalization Zone of Grande Prairie fonds

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CA GPR 0141

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  • 1973-2000 (Creation)
    Downtown Business Revitalization Zone of Grande Prairie

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79.5 cm of textual records

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When the City of Grande Prairie updated its General Plan in the early 1970s, the conclusion was made that "the downtown area was threatened with serious deterioration and unless this trend was stopped, it would result in major losses to those who were located in the area...." In response to this concern, the Central Business Association was formed in October 1974. In December 1983, City Council enacted by-law C-801, creating The Downtown Business Revitalization Zone and funding became available for the organization through a business and property levy imposed on all members and through conributions from the City. This eventually allowed the group to hire a manager and an administrative secretary. The long-term goals of the organization were "to make the downtown a destination place rather than store specific, to increase retail sales, to encourage new business into the zone, and to educate the members on all the benefits that derived from the association." Over the years the same goals were furthered by an increasing number of community activites such as Seretaries Thank You Luncheons, the Christmas Tree of Hope and Santa Claus Parades, and Summer Festivals, all with the aim of making the downtown a more exciting place to be.

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Records deposited in Grande Prairie Regional Archives in 2002 by Helen Rice, manager of Downtown Association.

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The fonds consists of records of The Central Business Association; executive records of the Downtown BRZ; records of its dealings with the City of Grande Prairie; administrative documents including correspondence and financial records; newsletters and other member communications; projects dealing with beautification, street cleaning, and decorating of downtown; promotions for downtown through special events, parades, trade shows and sales promotions; sponsorship of community events coordinated with other city groups; liason with Heritage Canada; and scrapbooks featuring news clippings of BRZ initiatives.

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Records deposited in Grande Prairie Regional Archives in 2002 by Helen Rice, manager of Downtown Association.


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Accession number: 2002.72

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South Peace Regional Archives

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  • English

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