A not-for-profit corporation the Vision of Renew Northern Wellington Arts & Business Association is to work with communities, property owners, artists, cultural projects, businesses and community groups with the specific focus of activating empty spaces for creative projects. Our Program takes otherwise empty shops, offices, and commercial buildings and makes them available to incubate short term use and encourage long-term leases. They can be used by artists, entrepreneurs, community initiatives, etc. until they become commercially viable or are redeveloped. It is not set up to manage long term uses, own properties or permanently develop sites but to generate activity in buildings until future long term activity happens.
Renew Northern Wellington is a socio-economic development program with the Mission to build community renewal, economic development, and revitalize our urban communities in Rural Northern Wellington. Initially this will include communities in the Township of Wellington North, Township of Mapleton and Town of Minto. Potential exists however to expand the Program to include other municipalities in Wellington County.
The Key Goals for the Program and markers for the not-for-profit corporation are:
- Renew our Downtown Cores
- Increase employment
- Increase foot traffic
- Build support for our local economy