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Dear Kensington BRZ members,
 
REP Implementation Grant Applications closing February 23

If you are eligible and have not yet applied, here is the link.

What City Services are important to you?

The City of Calgary is working on the 2023-2026 Service Plans and Budgets, a roadmap for how The City delivers services to citizens and businesses and the financial plan to support their actions.
 
These documents serve as the foundation for service delivery, the value The City provides, and how they contribute to the quality of life in our community. Your input is an important part of the process. By getting your feedback, they can better understand your perspective around city service levels and the value you find for your tax dollars and fees.
 
Tell The City what’s important to you until March 7 at https://engage.calgary.ca/yourservices
 
It’s important that The City hears from a variety of businesses because of the unique challenges that each of you face. I hope you can find time to participate. Prioritizing services to help with garbage, graffiti, crime snow removal, accessibility, police beat patrols, and social disorder (homelessness, panhandling, vagrancy...) are examples of services that help business districts like Kensington.
 
Crime Update

Calgary, like most cities, is experiencing increasing social disorder these days. I am doing advocacy at municipal, provincial and federal levels on your behalf to try to help cope our city deal with this problem.  While cities are experiencing this problem, authority to address the problem rests with the province and funding to finance City resources to deal with this problem rests with the federal government. In the meantime what can you do to help?
 
Currently, inner City business districts like Kensington are experiencing commercial break and enters. These offences most often take place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The offenders are breaking through the glass of the premises using a hammer or a rock and concealing their faces using balaclavas. Restaurants and eateries have been targeted heavily during this series of incidents. Calgary Police are working to identify and arrest the offenders responsible. Please review the attached crime prevention information for your business and make sure that your premises is safe and secure and your products are safely stored.
 
Other ways you can help are to remove graffiti on your building as soon as possible (or ask your landlord to remove). Removing graffiti as promptly as possible deters graffiti taggers from further tagging.
 
Summer pop-up patios

The City is making changes to the summer pop up patios policy. As soon as the policy is approved at Council, I’ll circulate a document from the City. This is a heads up that if you are planning to have a pop up patio, maybe hold off on finalizing your patio plans and putting in your application until the new policy is approved (hopefully within the next few weeks). These are three proposed changes that I expect will be part of the new policy although that’s not for sure at this point:
  • Some fees for patios will be reinstated although I believe they will be subsidized to some extent
  • Pop up patios will be in parking spots not on sidewalks (unless you have a built sidewalk patio with a board walk like Haydon Block, for example) to improve walkability
  • No wheelchair ramps or orange barricades will be provided; businesses will be required to provide their own patio fencing set up 
Free Digital Help

At no other time has it been more important for small businesses to be part of the digital economy and benefit from every advantage that can provide. The City had received provincial funding to help small businesses with one-on-one assistance in their adoption of technology.  For example. needing assistance with websites, point of sale systems, social media strategies and platforms, streamlining business processes with digital tools and more.

The Digital Service Squad (DSS) will consist of up to 15 Calgary post-secondary students, temporarily hired by The City, and available to local small businesses at no cost.

Eligible businessesSmall businesses located in Calgary and registered in Alberta with zero to 49 employees (can include self-employed business owners with no employees) and Home-based or commercial businesses.

Ineligible businessesNon-profits, charitable trusts, and franchises are not eligible under this program.

For local small business operators, the first step is signing up. Details can be found on the newly-created Digital Service Squad webpage link via Digital Service Squad Program (calgary.ca). Interested small business operators are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Annie

Annie MacInnis
Executive Director
Kensington Business Revitalization Zone
200 203 10A Street NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1W7
Cell: 403-969-3216
Email: kensingtonbrz@shaw.ca

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