A Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) is a self-help program by which businesses in an area can jointly raise and administer funds to improve and promote their businesses.
Enhance the economic development of an area through promotion and marketing.
Improve the physical environment of public spaces in commercial areas.
Develop, improve and maintain public parking.
Work collaboratively with The City in delivery of municipal services in their zones.
Advocate for policies and practices that support economic vitality in their zones.
Calgary's ten BRZ's made an initial streetscape improvement investment through a local improvement bylaw.
After the initial capital investment, BRZ's invest annually in promotion, special events, street maintenance and improvements.
More than $14 million in BRZ direct contribution to streetscape improvements through local improvement bylaws or direct spending since 1983.
Nearly $2 million per year spent by BRZ's on promotions, events, and street improvements.
BRZ's contribute $59 million in annual business taxes.
BRZ's account for over $661 million in assessed value.
5400 businesses represented (3400 Downtown and 2000 in the remaining BRZs)
BRZs represent about 20 per cent of all Calgary businesses.
Excluding the downtown, businesses represented in other BRZs are evenly split between professional offices and retailers, restaurants, etc.
Downtown has about 70 per cent professional offices and 30 per cent retail businesses
BRZs play a lead role in area revitalization and work with their communities on public safety and crime prevention efforts.
Helped create some of Calgary's best known and most loved neighbourhoods.
People living in and visiting Calgary identify with and value these areas as special and unique - each BRZ gives Calgary a distinctive, appealing 'character'.
BRZs offer an international array of exotic and unusual shops, food stores, restaurants, and coffee shops.
BRZs invest in public art and sponsor some of Calgary's most popular events: Sun & Salsa, Lilac Festival, Mosaic Community Cultural Festival, Chalkwalk, Sunfest Mainstreet Festival, and the Santa Claus Parade.
BRZs collaborate with The City regarding operational issues in the community (parks, land use, urban design, redevelopment, physical improvements, public safety, maintenance, traffic, parking, etc.).
BRZs provide input on policies to support economic health.
Calgary has eleven business revitalization zones (including Chinatown District BRZ). To contact any of the business revitalization zones directly, consult The City of Calgary website for the BRZ contact information page...
Source: The City of Calgary