DHBC will build relationships with members, be a resource for problem-solving, and advocate for common issues.
Be the voice of the members in issues related to Downtown.
- Direct involvement and participation in HRM plans, working with identified partners (Our HRM Alliance, Halifax Partnership, Develop Nova Scotia, It’s More Than Buses, Planning & Development Centre, BIDs, Cogswell Coalition, Heritage Trust Nova Scotia)
- Cogswell Interchange
- Downtown bike lane network
- Community Energy and Climate Action Plan
- HRM Centre Plan
- HRM by Design (five-year review)
- Advocate for activation of Downtown shuttle policy in HRM by Design
- Barrington South Heritage Conservation District
- Historic Properties Heritage Conservation District
- Advocate for Downtown and Main Streets focused commercial tax reform (with other BIDs and business groups)
- Participate in red tape reduction committee (through Halifax area BIDs)
- Continue relationship-building and advocacy with Federal Members of Parliament and Big Cities Mayors Caucus
Create opportunities for members to collaborate on and give input into existing and emerging issues.
- Membership survey
- Member Advisory Council
- Advocacy tab on the DHBC website
- Membership meetings and events (networking socials, AGM, new development meetings, e.g. Cogswell, Queen’s Marque)
- Visit members at least twice a week
- Summer and Christmas member parties
- Partnership programming – funding for like-minded organizations on projects that advance DHBC’s advocacy objectives
Increase opportunities for professional development.
- Professional development sessions (e.g. Lunch & Learns, First Aid training, Navigator Outreach)
- eBay Retail Revival (support, promotion)
- Strengthen relations with ACOA (with DAC)
Enhance awareness and promotion of member benefits through increased information and knowledge sharing.
- Visit every new business with a welcome package and Neighbourhood Captain
- Member inquiries
- Membership communications (e.g. bulletins, notices, bi-weekly Downtown Members Update, Annual Report, new members page on the DHBC website)
- Neighbourhood member events inside or around a Downtown building (e.g. Purdy’s Wharf, 1801 Hollis, TD building)
- DHBC storefront activation (e.g. seasonal, partner events, displays, SOCAN, Spotify)
- Leverage Neighbourhood Captains to celebrate/welcome new members
- Maintain DHBC database to include as many members as possible
- Train new and current members on using the DHBC website
- Distribute Member Handbook to all members
- “100 Things to Do” in Downtown Halifax brochure
- Curbside Waste Management program