Spruce the Bruce supports local community efforts to facilitate long-term downtown revitalization plans, bringing together stakeholders to build community capacity and assist with strategic policy and capital investment. The program provides communities with the resources to develop strategies and implementation methods necessary to maintain and grow healthy commercial areas in association with the County and various partners.
Organization is the essential starting point for any community improvement program. It establishes consensus and cooperation by building partnerships among the various groups that have a stake in the downtown. By getting everyone working towards the same goal, the revitalization program will provide effective, ongoing management and advocacy for the downtown.
Bruce County is invested in our residents, businesses, and communities. And we have the grants to prove it! Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking for education and mentorship, an established business owner who wants to spruce up their storefront, or a community ready to join the business development movement Bruce County is encouraging, our supportive team members and grants are available for you to explore.
This Spruce the Bruce Story Map has been developed to show the transformation of our communities from 2009-2019. This transformation started from a plan (Community Toolkit); The County and community leaders have taken the tools from the toolkit, capitalized on the Spruce the Bruce grants, and brought their community vision to life. These are evident in the downtown streetscape beautification, business’s façade improvement, themed events and downtown activities and branded marketing materials that are captured in the Story Map.
Each point on the map to the right represents an awarded grant.
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