Ideas sought to help revitalize Glace Bay and area
The public is invited to the first stakeholder engagement session being organized by Business Cape Breton.
The session is scheduled for 6-9 p.m., Wednesday at the Glace Bay fire hall.
Eileen Lannon-Oldford, CEO of Business Cape Breton, said all stakeholders — businesses, organizations, individuals and the private sector — are encouraged to share their concepts.
“It’s really important, all those stakeholders have an opportunity to identify improvements and projects that can be done that would benefit not only Glace Bay, Dominion and Reserve Mines — which is most important — but also the overall well being and economic development of the CBRM.”
Business Cape Breton, in partnership with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and the provincial government, has been commissioned to promote a revitalization plan for Glace Bay and area.
The province has committed $225,000 to cover costs to develop and implement the plan.
The process will include the formation of a working committee from stakeholder representatives and to ready a presentation of a completed plan to stakeholders this summer.
Business Cape Breton has retained Ekistics Plan+Design to lead the process.
Lannon-Oldford said there will be three stakeholders meetings.
Next week’s meeting will provide information on how the consulting process will work. The second meeting will involve sitting down with stakeholders to work on projects and initiatives. And by the end of June, the plan will be finalized so people can see the recommendations going forward.
She said revenues to initiate the project could come from the community, government, private sector, individuals or government programs.
“What’s most important when we make a recommendation is the feasibility of seeing (it) implemented,” said Lannon-Oldford. “We want to make sure that the concept increases visitors to the region, brings new business ideas and development to the region.”
She added it will be important to look at how the initiatives can impact Glace Bay and area for growth and future potential.
She said the consultants will also be interviewing key people including elected officials, individuals within government programs and possibly developers with an interest in the region.
Potential ideas may include downtown improvements, new parks and open space, better waterfront connections and activities, active transportation improvements and signature events.
IF YOU GO
• The first stakeholder engagement session organized by Business Cape Breton.
• Wednesday, 6-9 p.m., at the Glace Bay fire hall.
• Pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org.