Downtown Business Feedback & Input Survey

Friday, December 31st 2010

The Red Deer Downtown Business Association seeks your feedback and input!

The DBA undertakes initiatives that support and promote downtown, works to make downtown clean, safe and attractive and develops and facilitates a variety of special events and marketing projects.

Communication is key to ensuring that we effectively advocate and manage programs and that everyone is able to choose to participate in promotions or activities that the Downtown Business Association supports. The survey asks about such topics as services available, downtown activities, cleanliness and safety in the downtown area, and more.

"The survey will serve to better inform our decision-making and strategies for 2011." says Laura Turner, Downtown Business Association Executive Director.

To take the Business Survey click here.

To take the Downtown Survey click here.

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Snow Plowing and Removal Reminder

Wednesday, December 29th 2010

The City of Red Deer is reminding residents to watch for snow removal notices in front of their homes and businesses.  The City leaves signs out 24 hours prior to plowing streets, and will tow vehicles if they are not moved before the snow plows arrive.  With new ticketing system in place for towed vehicles, you could end up paying $70 if you do not move your vehicle in time.

If you have any questions regarding snow removal in the city, please visit the City of Red Deer website, under Snow Plowing & Snow Removal.

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Promote Your Business

Wednesday, December 29th 2010

An objective of Downtown Red Deer is to improve our communication and promotion of downtown.  With this in mind, we are going to be trying something new.

Building on the Shop Downtown messaging, we will take the idea that downtown has "character" one step further  to give businesses a personality.  We are hoping to create a series of Business Profiles to include in our E-News and on our website.

We will be interviewing businesses interested in taking part in this promotion shortly, and would like to target businesses interested in taking part immediately.  Individuals interested in taking part are asked to call Randy at 403-340-8696, or via email at randy@downtownreddeer.com.

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Art & Bean Opens in Downtown

Wednesday, December 15th 2010

Art & Bean has opened at 4804 - 50th Avenue, and is certainly one of the more unique shops in the downtown.  Art & Bean owner Andrea Rinkel has created a relaxing atmosphere in which to shop, and carries fair and direct trade merchandise that is created from all natural products.   The shop carries a wide variety of products, from throws made from bamboo wool, shawls and scarves made from alpaca wool,  essential oil products and accessories, soap products made from all natural ingredients, and locally produced art and crafts.

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City to Introduce Towing Charge

Wednesday, December 15th 2010

Driver's parking illegally in Red Deer will soon have to pay $70 if their vehicle is towed, on top of their parking ticket.  Red Deer City Council supported the idea after hearing that towing costs were passed along to taxpayers in 2010.  The cost for vehicle towing in 2009-10 was approximately $60 000, a total that council feels should be covered by those parking illegally, rather than the taxpayer.   The City anticipates a backlash from those who don't move their vehicles, but to the average citizen, this means that their tax dollars can go elsewhere. 

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Toys for Tickets a Success!

Wednesday, December 15th 2010

The City of Red Deer's annual Toys for Tickets program was a rousing success in 2010.  The program was held through November and into early December, and as usual, saw a number of toys given in lieu of paying parking tickets.

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Rotary Clock Repairs Coming

Friday, December 10th 2010

The Rotary Clock sitting at the corner of Ross Street and 49th Avenue will soon be ticking again.  City officials have found an Alberta company with an office in Red Deer, who can repair the 6 meter tall timepiece.  The clock was originally purchased under a guarantee that it would function properly in our harsh winter climate, but since installation, two of the clock faces have bent, causing the clocks to lose time.  The clock commemorates former Citizens of the Year and Youth Citizens of the year.  Repairs are tentatively scheduled for the spring, after cost estimates are found.

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City of Red Deer Volunteers Needed

Friday, December 10th 2010

The City of Red Deer is looking for a few volunteers to sit on some committees.  There are currently the following openings.

An Aboriginal Representative is needed for the Community Housing Advisory Board

A Youth Representative is needed on the Greater Downtown Action Plan committee

and representatives are needed on both the Crime Prevention Advisory Board and the Red Deer and District Family and Community Support Services committee.

More information is available on the second floor of City Hall, in the Legislative and Governance Services Department.  Applications are available here.

The deadline for all applications is Monday December 13.

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Parking Space Still Available

Friday, December 3rd 2010

There is parking space still available in the all new Sorensen Station.  The downtown structure holds 300 monthly parking stalls, some which are vacant, as well as 100 daily parking spaces. 

Applications for corporate and individual monthly parking can be made at Inspections and Licensing on the 3rd floor of City Hall.  Businesses interested in obtaining corporate parking are encouraged to call the Parking Coordinator with The City of Red Deer for further information.

Monthly parking is $80.00 + GST/month.

Daily parking is $0.75/hour up to a maximum of $6.00/day.

Call  403-342-8185 for more information.

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City Hall Park Christmas Lights

Friday, December 3rd 2010

The brilliant glow of Christmas lights has overtaken City Hall Park.  Despite the unfortunate cancellation of the Biggest Christmas Tree Festival, City Hall Park is now aglow with a spectacular lighting display that is sure to impress.  The City of Red Deer takes pride in the annual display, which is surely one of the most spectacular light displays you will see this holiday season.  Come on downtown and check out the beautiful holiday display in City Hall Park.

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