The Huron Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the upcoming Huron County BIA Summit, set to take place on September 30th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Libro Hall in Clinton. This event is a valuable opportunity for staff and board members of Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) throughout Huron County, as well as those from beyond the county’s borders, to gather, learn, and network.

BIA Summit information

The BIA Summit is designed to provide insight into the unique functions and benefits of BIAs, distinguishing them from other economic development organizations. Attendees will gain knowledge of best practices specifically tailored for small rural BIAs. The event promises to be an enriching experience for municipal staff, councillors, and anyone with an interest in economic development and community improvement.

We are thrilled to announce Kay Matthews, Executive Director of the Ontario BIA Association, as the keynote speaker for the summit. Ms. Matthews will lead a session on BIA governance and best practices, sharing her extensive expertise to guide and inspire attendees. This session, well received by BIAs across the province, encourages participation from municipal staff, including the municipal clerk and CAO, as well as municipal council representatives, BIA board members and staff, and the general public. By providing examples and real experiences, the presentation supports and encourages Board Members and Council, dispels myths about BIA operations, and provides evidence on the value of BIAs in community development. It also outlines steps to build respect and governance for this unique Municipal Local Board. Organized by the Chamber at the request of local BIAs, this event aligns with our mission to enhance the local economy and support community development throughout Huron County.

As a non-profit organization, the Huron Chamber of Commerce relies on the generous support of our sponsors to create opportunities like the BIA Summit for our members. We are grateful to Huron County Economic Development and Community Futures Huron for their financial support, and to Kildonan House in Clinton for providing complimentary accommodations for our speaker.

Tickets for the BIA Summit are $20, which includes lunch. Get your tickets using the form below or visit Eventbrite.

For more information, contact the Huron Chamber of Commerce at info@huronchamber.ca.