Tools and resources for property and business owners

Here we grow again

Thanks for following our Downtown Revitalization blog,

As we are moving from planning and prioritizing into implementation, we will be upgrading the format of this website to include tools and resources for property and business owners. Existing studies, reports and surveys will still be available on the new website to be launched at the end of this September.

If you wish to receive informative bulletins about business and property investments in our Downtown Heritage District, please email your contact information so we can keep in touch.

Also, you may be interested in attending a special event on September 9th at the Capitol Theatre. Join special guests from Retail Council of Canada as they present – 4 Ways to Win for Independent Retailers

Click here for more details, pre-registration is required.

Thank you.

Michel Bourque
Downtown Revitalization Coordinator

August 2014 Newsletter

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HBIA Business Directory

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A draft HBIA Business Directory will be hand delivered to your business this week.
Please review your contact information and business description.

The Business Directory will always be a “work in progress” as the Downtown core continuously shifts and evolves. To keep up with the many positive changes happening Downtown, the Business Directory  will  be updated and reviewed on a regularly basis.

Please report any changes or errors by Monday June 30th to:

Once the final revisions are made print and online versions of the Business Directory will be made available to the public and to all HBIA business owners and service providers.



June Newsletter


Open House Presentation

As part of stakeholders’ engagement and participation in Downtown Revitalization activities, the Municipality of Port Hope is pleased to provide online the Open House presentation documents on the 2014 proposed Downtown Revitalization Capital Projects.

Written comments will be invited until June 6th, 2014  and can be submitted to:
Michel Bourque, Downtown Revitalization coordinator at:

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Open House

2014 Downtown Revitalization Capital Projects Open House
As part of stakeholders’ engagement and participation in Downtown Revitalization activities, the Municipality of Port Hope is pleased to host an Open House for public comments on the 2014 proposed Downtown Revitalization Capital Projects.

Thursday May 29, 2014
1:30pm to 6:00pm
Visitors’ Information Centre, Capitol Arts Centre
20 Queen Street, Port Hope, ON

The Downtown Revitalization Coordinator will be in attendance to provide information and address questions.

For those unable to attend, the 2014 proposed Downtown Revitalization Capital Projects will be available for review and comment on this website Thursday May 29, 2014, the same day as the Open House.

Written comments will be invited until June 6th, 2014  and can be submitted to Michel Bourque, Downtown Revitalization coordinator at:

April 2014 Newsletter




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Bootcamp a BIG Success !

On March 10th Port Hope’s Revitalization Committee, in partnership with the Municipality of Port Hope and the HBIA hosted a well-attended Retail Makeover Bootcamp with Barbara Crowhurst, leading Retail Business Coach and CEO of Retail Makeover.

The full-day workshop event was a learning day for more than 30 Port Hope retailers who were ready to take their business to the next level!


Barbara Crowhurst offered many tips and ideas on how to become more successful at your business while focusing on the basic strategies that drive retail sales:

  • Effective Marketing
  • Well Trained Employees
  • Updated Store Design and Product Placement
  • Strong in Store Sales Focus


Barbara shared how tailoring your product to your market place, rethinking your assortments, growing your margins, streamlining costs and personalizing communication with your customer base were the 2014 Key Trends for Retail Success.

The Retail Makeover Bootcamp is part of Port Hope’s 2014 Downtown Revitalization Marketing and Economic Development initiatives for the Downtown. The strategies and initiatives aim at maintaining and increasing the number of businesses and services offered in the downtown core.

March 2014 Newsletter


Port Hope Receives $100,000 In Funding for Downtown Revitalization

iPort Hope’s Downtown Revitalization Project received a major boost with the announcement of $100,000 in provincial funding through the Rural Economic Development (RED) program. Jeff Leal, Minister of Rural Affairs announced the funding at today’s Rural Ontario Summit.

Mayor Linda Thompson stated, “As we move into the final phase of the two-year project, the focus is on business attraction and retention with an emphasis on encouraging the development of second and third floor spaces to ensure the long term diversity of a vibrant downtown core. The RED program funding will build on and add momentum to ongoing revitalization activities and collaboration with our community stakeholders.”

“As the Municipality works to achieving our strategic goals and objectives, numerous partnerships and working relationships have been developed at all levels of government. Collaboration is the main focus of this project and with this grant through the RED program we look forward to implementing the next steps in this important initiative”, stated Deputy Mayor Jeff Gilmer, Chair of Economic Development and Tourism.

The first phase of the project is complete and Council recently endorsed the community-developed Downtown Development Plan. Major way-finding and streetscape projects are under consideration for 2014 through the budget process. New marketing and economic development strategies will promote and reinforce the economic growth of downtown while fostering a vibrant commercial district reflecting Port Hope’s distinct identity.