MONTREAL, May 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Association des Sociétés de
développement commercial de Montréal (ASDCM), in partnership with the Ville de
Montréal, is holding the first Conference on local business development in
Montréal on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Marché
This Conference, whose theme will be Commercial arteries: more than just
business, part of our common heritage, will bring together key players in
urban and economic development and will aim mainly to explore the impacts of
thriving local businesses on citizens' quality of life and on the economic,
social and cultural development of the city's neighbourhoods.
To cover the many aspects of local business development, the Conference
will highlight the views of city planners, managers, elected officials and
researchers, and will present leading speakers on commercial development.
Coming from London, Barcelona, New York City, Toronto and Montréal, they will
share their experiences and talk about various facets of new international
"This Conference is an excellent opportunity for the key players who
influence the vitality of Montréal's commercial arteries to become more
familiar with the most effective best practices in neighbourhood development
in Montréal and major world cities," ASDCM President Claude Rainville said.
"It will also promote the emergence of new partnerships that will provide for
better strategic planning, leading to a true collaborative action plan for the
development of Montréal's commercial arteries as living environments, shopping
destinations and parts of our urban and shared heritage."
A detailed program is included with this news release, along with
highlights regarding the creation of commercial development corporations
(SDCs) and the notion of local business as defined by the ASDCM.
About the Association des Sociétés de développement commercial de
The ASDCM began its activities in April 2007 with the mission of taking
initiatives to promote the commercial, cultural and social development of
Montréal neighbourhoods and the emergence and growth of SDCs. The ASDCM
currently brings together 14 such organizations, which annually inject nearly
$10 million in private funds to promote and develop commercial arteries
through their respective SDCs. This is the largest group of business people in
the Montréal agglomeration.
The idea of linking merchants concerned with the economic vitality of
their neighbourhoods, arteries and downtowns based on the SDC formula began in
Toronto in the 1970s under the name Business Improvement Areas. It has evolved
enormously since then. With this formula spreading around the world,
associations are being formed under different names and using varied
partnership models, but sharing the notion of neighbourhood development and
empowerment of all urban centres. Montréal is positioned now as an active and
influential player nationally and internationally.
For further information:
For further information: Media: Anne-Marie Desautels; Danie Deschênes,
(514) 750-8690, Organization, Claude Rainville, ASDCM