‘Clifford Connects’ theme chosen for community project

CLIFFORD – Minto Chamber of Commerce business development co-ordinator Somer Antonopoulos welcomed 20 people to the follow-up Clifford town meeting held Oct. 16 at the community hall in Clifford.

Economic development manager Belinda Wick-Graham explained the meeting was to establish a committee to move forward on the ideas proposed at the initial meeting on Sept. 4.

A smaller group showed up at the hall ready to keep the momentum going forward in the revitalization plan. Five stepped forward to form a steering committee: co-chairs Julia Grice and Alexis Rock, Randy Ruetz, Trish Ruetz, and Craig Thompson. Two sub-committees will focus on beautification, and events and activities and the committee promoted beautification of the downtown core with seasonal decorations and the Light Up the Street party on Nov. 14.

Marketing and community development coordinator Taylor Keunen reviewed information from the Sept. 4 meeting including a theme and branding. “Clifford Connects” seemed to be the choice. A logo will be designed to complement the logos designed for the “All Aboard Palmerston” and “Harriston Rising” campaigns to keep a unified link through the Town of Minto.

The committee will focus on ways to engage volunteers, include the townspeople, and entice passersby to stop and participate. They will meet as needed and provide regular updates.