Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville News
STOUFFVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ASSUMES MANAGEMENT OF DOWNTOWN STOUFFVILLE INITATIVES
Council, at the April 20 meeting, approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Stouffville Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) and the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville (the Town) for the Chamber to provide strong support and leadership to our downtown, including the delivery of events, initiatives, and activities.
Dedicated to enhancing Downtown Stouffville, the Chamber will be responsible for all day-to-day marketing activities including promoting Downtown as a shopping, dining, cultural, and tourist destination. It will work in collaboration with businesses to strengthen relationships and create a vision that will support greater entrepreneurship and investment. The Chamber will also plan and coordinate events that will promote Downtown Stouffville as a vibrant place to live, work and play.
Because of the transfer of management, the Town will no longer require the support and guidance of the Downtown Stouffville Working Group. As a result, this advisory committee has now been disbanded.
“The Stouffville Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to working with the downtown merchants and landlords to develop programs, initiatives and events that will attract residents from near and far, bring the town together and support local business,” said Sonya Torres, Chair of the Stouffville Chamber of Commerce.
The funds to support the MOU come directly from the Downtown Special Levy of $73,000 annually. Additional savings to the Town will also be achieved with the elimination of the Downtown Coordinator position.
“The Town is thankful for the Chamber to begin its work with our downtown businesses, creating a place for residents and visitors to enjoy,” said Mayor of Whitchurch-Stouffville Iain Lovatt. “We thank the Downtown Stouffville Working Group for its dedication and hard work over the years in supporting Stouffville’s downtown.”
The agreement becomes effective June 1, 2021 and is in place until December 31, 2022, with the option for an additional two-year term.