What is a Business Improvement Area
A Business Improvement Area (BIA) are generally located in the geographic boundary of the historical “downtown” core. They are a governing body established by the municipality (Municipal Act, 2001).
BIA’s are governed by a Board of Management represented by Town-appointed members as well as commercial tenants, property owners, and the BIA Manager who sits as an advisor and operations lead.
Operational funding for BIA’s come from a municipal tax imposed on commercial buildings located in the district. However, BIA’s generally work to develop their funding in other ways to increase value for their districts.
BIA’s generally oversee the improvement, beautification and maintenance of municipally-owned land, buildings and structures in the area. They work to promote, stimulate, and strengthen the economy surrounding their district, and support their local community.
The Downtown Acton BIA (DABIA)
The DABIA was officially established in 1977. The DABIA Board of Management, which include one member from Town Council, meets monthly to govern the organization. Various committees are organized to fulfill the BIA’s mandate and to develop activities and events.
The DABIA strive to distinguish Acton as a premier shopping, dining and cultural destination in the Town. We are committed to our members, the Town and the residents of Halton Hills to ensure that the downtown continues to offer a positive experience for everyone.
We aim to:
- Drive on-going cooperation and communication among members of the business community and the Town.
- Advocate membership interests and concerns with municipal and other levels of government.
- Provide increased cost savings through improved integration of capital funding and promotional activities.
- Increase community interest and pride through our community festivals and events programming.