URBA provides a forum for members to share their vision for the community and ensures the voice of our business community is heard by municipal, provincial and federal governments. In addition to monthly business networking events like Uptown After Hours, URBA also organizes community events that bring people together in our community.
Uptown Rutland ... together we grow.
URBA covers the area surrounding Hwy 33 from Hollywood Road in the west to Prior Road in the east, and from Robson Road East in the south to McIntosh Road in the north.
- To address the problems faced by many business communities: homelessness, vandalism, street-scape, sustainable growth, and community apathy.
- To bring the community together by holding events such as the Uptown Movie Nights, Uptown After Hours, Scarecrow Convention and Christmas Light-Up festival.
- To improve communication for the people of Rutland, Kelowna and the Okanagan. The first edition of the quarterly Capital News Uptown Rutland Sectional was published in August 2008 to increase awareness of Rutland community news and events.
- To work with the City of Kelowna to make Uptown Rutland a vibrant, beautiful town centre. URBA has been working to bring in streetscaping and art projects that will harmonize with the new Rutland Transit station (due for completion in September 2009) and the Official Community Plan for the Rutland Town Centre.
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Uptown Rutland Business Improvement Area
158 Valleyview Rd
Kelowna BC, V1X 3M4
P: 250-451-9861 F: 250-491-9652
If you are a business within the URBA boundaries, you are already a member. There is no membership fee. URBA provides a forum for members to share their concerns and vision for the community.
URBA's monthly Uptown After Hours event provides a great business networking opportunity. URBA also organizes community events that bring people out into our community and ultimately, your business. URBA membership ensures that the voice of Uptown Rutland businesses is heard by municipal, provincial and federal government officials.
URBA is a member of the Business Improvement Areas of BC.
2013 Board of Directors
|Crystal Hansen||President||Benson Law LLP|
|Nicholas Aubin||Past-President (2011)||Aubin & Associates Notaries Public|
|Shawn Swail||1st Vice-President||Penty & Co|
|Dawn Thiessen||2nd Vice-President||Aphrodite In Me Spa|
|Al Kirschner||Treasurer||Black Mountain Irrigation District|
|Joe Iafrancesco||Director||Property Owner|
|Aron Meier||Director||Valleyview Funeral Home|
|Mike Koutsantonis||Director||Olympia Greek Taverna|
|Shawna McCrea||Director||Valley First Credit Union|
|Frank Pohland||Director (appointed)||CTQ Consultants|
|Kevin MacDougall||Director (appointed)||RCMP|
|Gerry Zimmermann||Ex-Officio||City of Kelowna Councillor|
|Colin Basran||Ex-Officio Alternate||City of Kelowna Councillor|
|Laurel D'Andrea||Office Administrator||URBA|