The ambassador program is just one initiative the association is currently involved working on.
Jim Parsons, outgoing chair of the board, said the association piloted the ambassador program with the Corner Brook Port Corporation, the Corner Brook Museum and Archives and the Royal Canadian Legion during a cruise ship visit last fall, but the plan is to expand it to cover more events.
The group held an information session for the program on Wednesday night.
Unoccupied commercial property listing
Parsons said the DBA will continue to update the listing with additional information and has gotten a positive response from property owners and landlords with space in the downtown who have been contributing information to the listing, including prices for their spaces.
The list will provide people looking for space in the city with an overview of what’s available in the downtown.
Downtown urban action plan
The DBA partnering with the City of Corner Brook on this initiative and is involved in the consultation around signage and a wayfinding strategy.
Parsons said the aim is to ensure there is good signage in the downtown to help tourists and residents get the most out of the area.
The initiative will help create a brand for the downtown.
Paint the town program
Any property owner in the downtown can contact the DBA and be set up with one its partners — Dulux Paints or The Paint Shop — to receive some free paint and a some at a discounted rate along with a paint kit to give their properties a facelift. Fourteen properties took advantage of the program in 2016.
The Corner Brook Downtown Business Association elected a new board for 2017-2018 during its annual general meeting on Tuesday.
Board members include:
Jim Parsons — Swirsky’s Theatre
Brenda Lee — The Orchid
Kirk Myers — Taste of Jamaica
Diane Starling — Starling's Bar
Matt Murley — Modern Marketing
Chris Rogers — Christopher’s Menswear
Chris Buckle — Picture It in a Frame
Lenny Benoit — Steel Communications
Eddie Kennedy — Arthur James Clothing
Jodi Basha — Island Orthotics
Robby Ash — Poole Althouse
Linda Chaisson — City of Corner Brook
The group will select its new chairperson at its next meeting.