OBIAA Releases Return ON Investment of BIAs Consultation Report

Report details stakeholder engagement processes and outcomes.

Mississauga, ON – February 28, 2017.

The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) and the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) today announced the release of the Return ON Investment of BIAs Consultation Report.

This important study, funded with the support of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, will identify the common success factors needed by BIAs, industry and government to assess the contribution of BIAs to their communities, and establish benchmark metrics against which to measure future progress. The Consultation Report provides important information on how stakeholders were engaged in determining the indicators and gaining initial data.

“The Consultation Report looks at the extensive engagement process that we undertook — which included surveys, interviews, focus groups, emails, social media, webinars and other methods – to understand the key indicators that we need to consistently measure throughout the coming years,” said Kay Matthews, Executive Director of OBIAA. “This Report also starts the conversation about how we’re going to engage with our stakeholders during the next several years to keep enthusiasm high and get the data we need.”

The Consultation Report considers the challenges of data gathering in the future and how consultation will be the key in sustaining this important initiative. The Report, produced by 360 Collective, effectively introduces the final report, which will be launched at the 2017 BIA National Conference in April 2017 at the Westin Prince Toronto.

For full PDF of the Consultation Report click here.
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OBIAA is the network that represents unique and vibrant BIAs across Ontario. The Association, incorporated in 2001, supports and advocates on behalf of its members through the building and nurturing of strong relationships and partnerships. OBIAA is a leader in the development and sharing of information, tools, resources and best practices, and is the ONE voice on common issues.

TABIA is a non-profit umbrella organization representing the City of Toronto’s 82 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) who in turn represent over 40,000 small businesses and property owners. BIAs are responsible for the development of their commercial neighbourhoods and are a diverse and vibrant collection of ethnic, historic and business locations, combining to make Toronto a veritable City of Neighbourhoods.

For more information, please contact:

Kay Matthews
Executive Director

Sarah Millar
Project Manager
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