Group of Dartmouth-area companies search stronger advocacy voice in new entity – Halifax

Group of Dartmouth-area companies search stronger advocacy voice in new entity – Halifax

A small group of companies in Dartmouth, N.S., are banding collectively attempting to create a Burnside Enterprise Enchancment District (BID).

With about 1,300 companies within the space, Burnside is the most important industrial park east of Montreal.

Amy Gibson Saab is a companion at Harbinger Regulation, however she’s additionally the chair of the BID’s steering committee marketing campaign. If the bulk vote in favour of the BID, it might seemingly dissolve the prevailing Higher Burnside Enterprise Affiliation, which is marking its twentieth anniversary.

“We’re a completely volunteer-run group,” Gibson Saab says. “A correctly funded BID could have employees, could have entry to grants and different sources from town, from the province, and from different sources to correctly fund the advocacy, but additionally to help companies with lowering crime, pushing for transit, with worker recruitment.”

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Shane Kennedy, the proprietor of Co-operators in Burnside, is a kind of supporting the thought.

“The flexibility to have that extra formal capacity to maneuver agendas alongside and to essentially assist type of promote the park is what I see as the largest plus right here,” he says.

Voting occurred Friday and closed at 4 p.m. Outcomes gained’t be tallied till the brand new yr.

The BID can be funded by way of a tax; a minimal of $50 per property as much as a most of $3,000.


Signage in Dartmouth like that is asking companies to help the Higher Burnside Enterprise Affiliation’s push to create a Enterprise Enchancment District.


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“Preserving in thoughts that almost all properties have a number of companies working on that property, so for a lot of organizations, we’re a number of hundred {dollars} a yr to entry these helps,” Gibson Saab says. “Each greenback stays proper right here in Burnside to help the enterprise house owners.”

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There are presently 9 BIDs in Halifax, says

Tony Mancini, the municipal councillor within the space, says “Burnside is absolutely vital to our municipality.”

“You’re taking Burnside and downtown Halifax,” he says, “that’s the vast majority of our tax base.”

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Some don’t see the worth within the bid, Gibson Saab says, however she’s optimistic the vote will probably be in favour.

If it will get majority help, outcomes will probably be supplied to municipal councillors who will then vote on it themselves.

That’s anticipated to occur within the new yr.

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