About Us

Who Are We?

We are the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission (DDBC)

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to making downtown Dartmouth a vibrant and attractive place to do business. Our mandate is to provide our members with a collective voice to advocate for continuous and positive change. We also manage a number of programs, events and services to support businesses downtown, and bring vitality to our community.

We are governed by a Board of Directors made up of representatives from the business district. We also collaborate with other local organizations and community leaders who share our vision for a dynamic, attractive and thriving downtown.

 

How Do You Become A Member?

If you rent or own commercial property in our catchment area, you are automatically a member. The DDBC is funded through a tax levy assessed on all commercial properties in the district. There are no additional membership fees.

 

What We Do

Promote Business Growth

The DDBC actively promotes businesses through social media, print and broadcast communications. The DDBC organizes events year-round to build community and draw people into our business district such as Switch Dartmouth, Nocturne, summer concerts, the Halloween Parade and The Dartmouth Christmas Tree Lighting. We actively work with entrepreneurs and community partners to recruit new businesses. We also work with community partners to attract visitors from other parts of HRM, the Maritimes, Canada and beyond. In the summer months, we staff information kiosks in both ferry terminals to encourage people to spend time in downtown Dartmouth.

Fund Street Beautification and Public Art

The DDBC strives to make our downtown a welcoming and attractive place to do business. We support public art projects downtown such as eye- catching murals and light installations. For 2018, we’re working on a series of architectural planters that will showcase mostly edible plants. We fund and coordinate the pole banners and seasonal decorations. Nearly everyday, you’ll find Donald picking up litter on our downtown streets and sidewalks. During the summer months, he’s joined by a summer student member of our Enviro Team.

Advocate and Lobby for Downtown Dartmouth

The DDBC assumes a leadership role with regard to all issues that impact the future of our community. We serve as the voice of our business district ensuring that the needs and concerns are addressed fairly and promptly. Some of the issues we are actively involved with include community safety, small business concerns, development, social issues, transit, taxation, policing, parking and snow clearing. We have recently successfully lobbied to keep extended Alderney Ferry services, and a few years back, we lobbied to save Fire Station 13.

Provide Member Services

The DDBC offers many services to our members including, but not limited to: access to our boardroom for meetings and access to our tables, tents and coolers for events. We offer regular networking events, professional development workshops, graffiti removal services, bi- annual shredding events and more. We also offer a one-time signage grant to new businesses. All members receive our monthly email newsletter to keep updated on events, changes and other important information.

Staff

Staff

Tim Rissesco – Executive Director

Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission

Tim has led the revitalization of Downtown Dartmouth since 2012 with a focus on attracting new businesses, public art installations and events. He is passionate about downtown Dartmouth, its people and its potential.

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Staff

Christine Stokes – Office Manager

Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission

Christine is the person you really need to know at the DDBC.  She’s the one on the front lines who assists members of our business community with all manner of concerns everyday.

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Crystal Garrett – Director of Communications and Marketing

Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission

Crystal oversees all of the DDBC’s communications, marketing and media relations. She brings a deep background in broadcast journalism, public relations education and non-profit communications to the team.

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Board

Board

Doug Townsend – Chair

The Canteen & Little C Take-Out

Board

Doug Livingstone – Vice Chair

Livingstone & Company

Board

Matthew Gass

The Wooden Monkey Dartmouth

Board

Shannon Marshall

Indulgence intimate Apparel

Board

Devin Segal

Ekistics Planning & Design

Board

Terry Drisdelle

Waterfront Development Corporation

Board

Sam Austin

Councillor

Board

Claudia Chender

MLA

Board

Julia MacLeod

New Scotland Clothing Co.

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Roban Gutowski – Secretary/Treasurer

East Coast Credit Union

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Marquita Davis

Clean Foundation

Board

Cst. Jenna Clarke

Halifax Regional Police

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Janice Fiander

Halifax Regional Library

Board

Matthew Jarsky

Jarsky

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