"In 1998 the City of Belleville elected to do its first informal Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) survey in an effort to determine the needs of local business. Since that time the program has grown and evolved date more than 12 BR+E studies have been completed.
"The City of Belleville and the Belleville Downtown Improvement Area (BDIA) initiated a Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) project for its downtown core. The project was completed in the fall of 2014 and involved 85 downtown members representing 90 businesses and organizations in downtown Belleville as identified by the business improvement area. The report . . . provides an in-depth analysis on the dynamics of the local business climate through the collection and interpretation of the survey results.
"The Downtown Belleville Master Plan was developed in 2006 to assist in charting a course for the transformation of Downtown Belleville.
It provides Belleville with long-term physical vision that can be used to guide public improvements and private investments. It defines strategies that can capitalize on strengths and opportunities that will serve to bring the vision for the Downtown to fruition."
"On behalf of my colleagues on Council I am pleased to have the opportunity to introduce you to the Strategic Plan for The Corporation of the City of Belleville. This guide is a very useful tool that is put in place for present and future Councils to help plan for the future of our thriving City.
It is essential for the success of the municipality to have prioritized long-term goals and the implementation of a Strategic Plan will help navigate our way toward meeting and exceeding those goals.