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May 16, 2013

City of Winnipeg and Government of Canada invest in improvements to
Winnipeg's community infrastructure

Released: 11:08 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today, Joyce Bateman, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, and Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz announced support for the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre under the Federal Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

“Our Government is pleased to support infrastructure projects like the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre across the country,” said MP Bateman. “Our investments in projects such as this one will benefit families and communities immediately, helping to support job creation, boosting economic activity, as well as creating safe and accessible community infrastructure facilities for years to come.”

The Federal Government’s investment of $150,500, together with the $151,199 contribution from the City of Winnipeg, will enhance the services provided by the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre. Under the project, renovations are being made to the kitchen and multi-purpose room to support the wide range of programs and services offered.

"The Fort Rouge Leisure Centre is an integral part of this neighbourhood, supporting recreational programing for all ages as well as being home to the Osborne library," said Mayor Katz. "The commitment we are making today in partnership with the federal government demonstrates the City is dedicated to doing what it can to support Winnipeg's infrastructure to ensure facilities such as this one are here to serve families today and into the future."

Mayor Katz presents Mayor's BIZ Awards

Released: 1:04 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today, at a presentation at City Hall, Mayor Sam Katz presented Mayor’s BIZ Awards to recognize 16 individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to their local Business Improvement Zone.

The Mayor’s BIZ Awards are presented annually to acknowledge contributions in the areas of marketing, special events, promotions, area beautification and safety, among others. Mayor Katz recognized the award recipients for their dedication and hard work.

“These awards recognize those who work hard, year-round, to promote and support their Business Improvement Zone,” said Mayor Katz. “We are lucky to have so many dedicated people who are passionate about contributing to the success of their BIZ and the quality of life in Winnipeg.”

The 2013 Mayor’s BIZ Award recipients:

  • Annabel Scott - Academy Road B.I.Z.
  • Craig Kitching - Corydon Avenue B.I.Z.
  • David Stone - Downtown Winnipeg B.I.Z.
  • Gord Holmes - Exchange District B.I.Z.
  • Jim Pappas - North End B.I.Z.
  • John Christie - Norwood Grove B.I.Z. 
  • Paul’s Greenhouse - St. Vital B.I.Z.
  • Sustainable South Osborne Community Cooperative - Osborne South B.I.Z.
  • Festival du Voyageur - Provencher Blvd B.I.Z.
  • Peter & Esther Vandenberg - St. James Village B.I.Z.
  • Le Marche St. Norbert Farmers’ Market - St. Norbert B.I.Z.
  • Dan Trottier - Selkirk Avenue B.I.Z.
  • Megan Strain - Transcona B.I.Z.
  • Michelle Slota - West Broadway B.I.Z.
  • Shane Storie - West End B.I.Z.

Marty Halprin was honoured posthumously for his work with the Osborne Village B.I.Z.

There are 16 unique Business Improvement Zones in Winnipeg, representing approximately 5,000 businesses. While each have their own mandate mission statement, all share the common goal of improving their zone for their business members. The Downtown B.I.Z., established in 1989, was the first of the city’s Business Improvement Zones; the St. Norbert B.I.Z. is the newest to be added to the list.

Last update: 16.05.2013

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