Dufferin to hear about tourism potential

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A tourism program is hoping to spark your interest in exploring your backyard.

The Dufferin County economic development committee will learn how to get business tourism ready at their bi-annual meeting Tuesday, Feb. 23

Vicki Ly, economic development officer of Bruce County, will be joining them to discuss the creation of the Bruce County Passport Program and the Explore the Bruce brand. She was instrumental in its establishment and implemented the Spruce the Bruce program, which has been recognized by community leaders across the province.

According to a news release, Explore the Bruce takes you on a winding adventure throughout Bruce County.

Participants are encouraged to follow the Explore the Bruce Adventure Passport, from May 1 to Oct. 31, around the county, and punch your card at least seven of the 12 steps to be entered to win prizes.

Visitors can witness sunsets, rocks, beaches, cliffs, fresh-picked produce, countless campsites, bagpipers, fly-fishing, shipwrecks, music, culture, cuisine, trails and the world biosphere, according to their website.

Visit destinations throughout Bruce County, from the popular tourist attractions to the hidden gems.

Spruce the Bruce builds vibrant communities through the support of local businesses and municipalities. The program brings stakeholders together to create a vision for future growth and development and provides tools and grants to achieve that vision.

The program evolved to become more than just a downtown revitalization initiative to becoming a community development program to attract and retain residents, visitors, entrepreneurs and businesses in Bruce County.

No budget this year for BIA

Grand Valley’s Business Improvement Area (BIA) will not present a budget this year.

Dignitaries of the organization have provided the notice to council, citing the current COVID-19 pandemic and unprecedented times as reasons for the zero-dollar levy.

The BIA requests council includes a letter to property owners in the final tax notice, explaining the levy change, encouraging property owners to pass this savings onto the tenants with businesses that may be struggling due to the restrictions implemented under the state of emergency.

Joshua Santos, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Orangeville Banner