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City’s investment in tourism marketing paying off

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

City council’s investment in marketing efforts “continues to drive results” for tourism businesses in Niagara Falls, says Jon Jackson, executive director for Niagara Falls Tourism.

Jackson addressed councillors this week about the summer marketing campaign the agency recently concluded.

In January, council approved $300,000 in matching funds towards the campaign. The $300,000 came from the municipality’s casino-hosting reserve fund, and helped promote activities to attract more visitors to the city.

Integrity commissioner clears Thomson after complaint

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

An integrity commissioner has found no evidence that city Coun. Wayne Thomson shared confidential information from an in-camera meeting earlier this year.

In a report going before council Tuesday, Integrity Commissioner Brian Duxbury says a complaint submitted to the city clerk alleged Thomson disclosed information from the meeting to third parties “who were not entitled to such information,” as evidenced by text messages.

One of the messages, sent Jan. 25, stated: “I was just talking to Wayne about another issue and he said in-camera was interesting and I will tell you…(blacked out) is the cause of the rumors.”

Following his investigation, which included interviews with Thomson and the unnamed person who sent the text, Duxbury concluded there was “nothing unusual or suggestive of any improper disclosure” in the communication, since Thomson was speaking with someone whose position requires interaction “on a regular basis.”

Next phase of Victoria Avenue work before council

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara Falls city council will consider awarding a $6.8-million contract to complete the second phase of a road reconstruction and streetscaping project along Victoria Avenue.

Staff is scheduled to present a report to politicians Tuesday recommending the lowest bidder, Rankin Construction, do the work.

The report also recommends staff appoint CIMA+ to conduct contract administration and inspection services for $448,653.

Falls, Gorge site tour by USA Niagara a “Fail”

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

The latest skirmish between the David of the citizens of the city of Niagara Falls and the Goliath of state agencies such as State Parks, USA Niagara and the New York Power Authority, when it comes to waterfront development, appears to have been settled in our favor, at least for now.

“I am comfortable calling a VICTORY on this,” posted film industry executive and community activist Ken Cosentino on social media late last week, “…there will be no commercialization down in the gorge, and nothing will be constructed that will interfere with the natural environment. All business endeavors will strive to use pre-existing structures; all enterprises will be geared more towards providing equipment rental (such as fishing poles or snowshoes) to tourists in order for them to best enjoy the gorge in its natural state… USA Niagara will respect the resolution passed by our City Council on Monday, July 24th. So, to reiterate, we the people of Niagara Falls, NY have officially preserved the Niagara gorge.”

Building a better Niagara Falls

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This seems to be an op-ed by Andrew Touma, a member of the Niagara Falls, NY City Council:

When I ran to become a Niagara Falls city councilman three and half years ago, it was based on the premise of being honest, putting residents first and listening to them, and working together with all stakeholders to make Niagara Falls a better place to live, play and work. My campaign centered on improving economic development, and in turn, growing our job market.

Since 2014, we have effectively used casino dollars to generate economic development in Niagara Falls. In just over three years we have issued seven loans and 34 grants in the amount of $1,794,771.54 to a variety of businesses. In turn, private developers invested $44,403,659.53 toward the projects. Meanwhile, 208 full-time jobs were created in addition to 63 part-time jobs. That’s progress! Now we have the recent announcement of the $42 million project to create a new Hotel Niagara.

Sleep Cheap raises $142K for Niagara groups

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

This past Sleep Cheap Charities Reap event raised $142,349. Read More…

Falls council asked for $300K for tourism support

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara Falls city council is being asked to contribute $300,000 in matching funds towards a Niagara Falls Tourism destination marketing campaign.

Politicians will consider the request during their first council meeting of the year Tuesday.

If approved, the $300,000 would come from the municipality’s casino-hosting reserve fund and help to promote activities that will attract more visitors to the city.

Council contributed $250,000 towards the program in 2016.

Falls council to consider $600K to support WFOL

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Not even half way through what’s looking to be another successful season, officials with the Winter Festival of Lights are already looking forward to a bigger and brighter future.

With a 10 per cent increase in vehicle traffic and a 12 per cent spike in donations at Dufferin Islands through the first three weeks of the 2016 season, event organizers are planning to expand in 2017 — the festival’s 35th anniversary — and introduce augmented reality features in 2018.

“We want to have something bigger for our opening ceremony (in 2017),” said festival executive director Tina Myers…

Myers requested council approve $300,000 for each of the next two seasons to help the festival continue to grow.

Engineering for Victoria Avenue work approved

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The city is moving ahead with planning for phase two of the streetscape revitalization along Victoria Avenue.

Council approved $365,000 for engineering design work for the next phase, and city staff will prepare construction cost estimates for council’s consideration in the 2017 budget.

The first phase — a $3.8-million revitalization from Highway 420 to Clifton Hill/Centre Street — began in the spring and is expected to be completed by early December.

Work stopped during July and August to not disrupt the busy tourism season, and resumed after Labour Day.

Victoria Avenue to get facelift

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The first in what is expected to be a multi-phase revitalization along Victoria Avenue has been approved by city council.

The city will contribute $2.9 million towards the $3.5-million phase, while the Victoria Centre BIA will contribute up to $600,000, conditional on a spring 2016 start.

In 2014, the BIA and municipal staff developed a streetscape master plan outlining improvement ideas for the district, located in the tourist area of Niagara Falls.

The plan calls for accessible sidewalks, benches, decorative lighting, street trees and landscaping, gateway features, attraction and performance space, resurfaced roadways and public washroom facilities.

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