Orangeville BIA Strategic Plan
Guided by our vision and grounded in our core values, the Orangeville BIA’s commitment is to serve, lead and together build a prosperous downtown. Over the past year, we have worked as a team of committed Orangeville BIA leaders to craft this plan. It is based upon our strong foundation and success, and looks forward with optimism to building on our already strong assets for a future-ready downtown that serves our community and surrounding communities.
Focus 2020, our new plan, is focused on collaboration and working together. United we stand. When we have strong merchants thriving in a deeply connected, aligned community we can and will achieve our vision
The OBIA Strategic Planning Process
Prior to beginning the strategic planning process the Board committed to educating themselves on the fundamentals of Strategic Planning and investing in tools to ensure successful implementation of the Plan. In summary, strategic planning is the process of defining your strategy or direction, and making decisions on allocating your resources (i.e. time/effort, money, people) to pursue this strategy.
What Matters Now
Trends that are influencing downtowns and specifically Downtown Orangeville were identified:
The Experience Economy
Authors Pine and Gilmour in their book The Experience Economy state “Businesses must orchestrate memorable events for their customers, and that memory itself becomes the product — the experience… More advanced experience businesses can begin charging for the value of the “transformation” that an experience offers”. Steeped in history with a picture perfect backdrop (validated through winning Canada’s Great Street award) Downtown Orangeville can and should build on this unique competitive advantage to craft a memorable visitor experience.
Carlo Petrini began the slow food movement that has gone a step further to include valuing local, sustainable products and services. According to Carlo Petrini, the slow movement’s “Goals of sustainable foods and promotion of local small businesses are paralleled by a political agenda directed against globalization of agricultural products”. Downtown Orangeville provides the best of both worlds – small town charm and big town amenities – in addition to close proximity to the GTA. Whether it’s locals, international travellers or urban dwellers, Downtown Orangeville provides an opportunity to take it slow for the day (daycation) or longer with a short stay visit (staycation).
What Matters Now
The 50’s and 60’s automobile, suburb-dominated society is losing traction to urban walkability. Research shows 75% of adults 18-32 want to live in a walkable community. In addition, aging boomers are looking for a lifestyle change and downtown meets their needs. Easier access to amenities and an environment that facilitates social connections is a significant attractor. According to Harvard Medical School:
“Not only do social connections give us
pleasure, they also influence our longterm
health in ways every bit as powerful
as adequate sleep, a good diet, and not
Downtown Orangeville has an opportunity to play a bigger role connecting members that in turn can connect customers.
The Downtown We Want
We have a vibrant, healthy, historic downtown. We are fortunate in that we have great bones to build on. When people reflect on Downtown Orangeville we want them to think of:
An inviting community bursting with energy where everyone says “hi” and comes together.
Canada’s (award winning) great street is filled with people milling about, visiting merchants and dining while enjoying wide pedestrian friendly or pedestrian only streets.
With natural beauty, small town charm and big town amenities, it is all here and the ideal place to go for both residents and visitors for a daycation (one day experience) or staycation (short stay tourist experience)
The BIA We Want
To build the downtown we want, we need a strong and vital BIA. With scarce resources, we need to make wise decisions that will benefit the Downtown today and tomorrow. To achieve this we commit to:
BUILDING ON OUR STRENGTHS – We have an award winning Downtown that
needs to be branded and marketed to the right people (target markets).
IMPROVING OUR CAPACITY AND CAPABILITIES – Invest in our employees,
volunteers and expertise to build the structure and systems required to take our BIA to the next level.
EMPOWERING OUR MEMBERS – To help our members grow by focusing our
efforts to bring more customers in more often.
WORKING SMARTER NOT HARDER – To build and maintain strong relationships
with partners and stakeholders to build synergy and momentum that achieves greater results.
BEING FUTURE READY – To understand changes and trends to actively shape our downtown to continue to attract residents, businesses and visitors.