Aurora Business Improvement Area
The Aurora Business Improvement Area (BIA) is a volunteer run organization committed to improving and promoting the Aurora Historical Business District.
Through investment and advocacy the goal is to build and maintain its position as Aurora's premier shopping, business and entertainment destinations.
- Increased community interest and pride in the business area.
- Improvement of the physical environment, including parking, benches, flowers, planters, special street lighting, improved streetscapes, art and beautification projects.
- Marketing and promotion of the area as a business and shopping community, including organized community events, public relations programs and advertising campaigns.
- Advocating on behalf of its members at Council meetings, seminars and public meetings.
- Increased cost savings to the membership through improved integration of capital funding and promotional activities (competitive edge and economies of scale)
BIA Boundary Map
How does the BIA work?
The BIA is managed by a volunteer Board of Management elected from its members.
The Directors, serving a four-year term concurrent with the term of Council, are to be selected by a vote of the Members and subsequently appointed by Council.
The Board works on behalf of the its BIA members and meets regularly to develop budgets, set priorities, implement capital improvements, plan festivals and promote its business area.
Once the BIA members approve the budget and Council ratifies it, funds are raised through a levy on all commercial and industrial properties with the BIA's boundary. The BIA uses their own money in an ongoing effort to draw more prospective customers to their area by improving attractiveness of the area and promoting it as a good place to shop, visit and do business.
After a BIA is approved by Council, every commercial property within its boundaries automatically becomes a member. There are no exceptions, under the principle that all who benefit should be required to bear their fair share of the cost of the program.
Aurora BIA Board of Management
The Directors of the Board of Management act in a position of public trust for the membership along with the community and are responsible for the effective governance of the organization. The composition of the Board is one director appointed directly by Council and the remaining eight directors are selected by a vote of the Members and subsequently appointed by the Council.
Joanne Russo (Chair)
Anthony Ierullo (Town Representative)
Aurora BIA By-Law
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing BIA Handbook