WHO WE ARE
Business Improvement Area
The Montgomery Business Improvement Area (BIA) has a diverse member base of 115 members, and unique in that it contains three distinct commercial areas that cater to a variety of clientele.
The commercial area adjacent to Home Road and Bowness Road and the mixed-use commercial corridor along Bowness Road attracts a mixture of automobile commuters and local residents in a pedestrian oriented environment both house a variety of shops, businesses, restaurants and professional and health services.
The 16th Avenue (TransCanada Highway) commercial corridor features a variety of additional businesses, retail outlets, shops, fastfood outlets, motels and health and wellness professionals.
WHAT WE DO
MONTGOMERY BIA MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
There are currently 115 Montgomery businesses located within the Montgomery Business Improvement Area (BIA) boundaries. All businesses in Montgomery that are located within these boundaries are automatically BIA Members.
The Montgomery BIA is funded through a municipal levy. This levy is expressed as a percentage of business tax, and is applied through the “Business Tax Assessment” process, for all businesses located within the BRZ boundaries. The City of Calgary collects this levy on behalf of the BIA, however, Business Members are the primary source of funding for the BIA. The Montgomery BIA will endeavour to leverage Members’ investment in the BIA by applying for any available Municipal, Provincial and Federal grants.
As the tenth BIA in the City of Calgary, the Montgomery BIA is a member of CBIZ (Calgary Business Revitalization Zones). Calgarys’ BIA's independently and collectively strive to represent their member’s businesses by promoting and enhancing their respective business districts and the community at large. Recognition of the economic enhancement that BIAs provide to the City of Calgary has led to ongoing development of strong working relations between CBIZ and The City of Calgary. Our shared goal is to augment and promote economic development in Calgary's established business districts.
All Montgomery BIA members are automatically included in the online Shopping, Dining, Business and Service Directory.
MONTGOMERY ON THE BOW
Discover one of Calgary's best kept secrets - an up and coming neighbourhood nestled along the Bow River in the inner-city - and a strategic location choice for any up and coming business.
Located in the N.W. quadrant in one of the most desirable locations in the City of Calgary, Montgomery retains many of its small-town charms. It boasts a highly walkable environment, a mixture of commercial, residential, and recreation amenities in close proximity, and a closely-knit community of residents and businesses. Currently experiencing a housing boom (Montgomery was among Calgary’s top ten communities for new infill developments in 2011-2012), the community has also enjoyed quality commercial and mixed-use commercial/residential mix developments over the past three years.
With 115 existing businesses, restaurants, shops and health and professional services, Montgomery is a self-contained community, with access to most day-to-day necessities within walking distance. It is also only a few minutes drive to downtown Calgary to the east, and an escape from the city to the west. Its close proximity to major educational and employment centers is particularly attractive to professionals and students. The community borders Market Mall to the north and the University of Calgary, Alberta’s Children Hospital and Foothills Hospital to the east.
The two important commuter corridors of Memorial Drive-Bowness Road and 16 Ave N.W. - TransCanada Highway travel through Montgomery only two blocks apart. The area is well served by a number of bus routes including an express route to the downtown core.
Montgomery’s population of approximately 3,600 is diverse, containing a mixture of long-time and new residents, with the proportion of 20-34 year olds in Montgomery higher than the City of Calgary average. Immediately surrounding communities include Varsity to the north, Bowness to the west and Parkdale to the east, housing approximately 25,000 additional 25,000 residents.
MONTGOMERY QUICK STATISTICS
Population 2016- 3,975 residents (2016)
Current number of businesses: 115
Residential Housing - Among Calgary’s top ten communities for new infill developments in 2011-2012
Surrounding Communities - Varsity (12,021 residents, 2011), Bowness (10,700 residents, 2011), Parkdale (2,317 residents, 2011)
Public Transit - Route 1 (Bowness/Forest Lawn), Route 305 -BRT (Bowness/17th Avenue S.E.), Route 10 (Dalhousie/Southcentre), Route 40 (Crowfoot/North Hill), Route 407 (Greenwood/Brentwood), Route 408 (Valley Ridge)
Distance to Downtown - 7 km (11 minutes)
Community Association - Montgomery Community Association
THESE 10 NEIGHBOURHOODS WERE IDENTIFIED IN A SURVEY AS HAVING THE STRONGEST POTENTIAL FOR GOOD RESALE:
Avenue's survey asked respondents to tell us if their neighbourhood has high property value. Answers were given on a scale of one (do not agree at all) to seven (agree completely). All responses were compiled to create this list.
1. Montgomery, 2. Mayland Heights, 3. Thorncliffe, 4. Bowness, 5. Mount Pleasant, 6. Britannia, 7. Canyon Meadows, 8. Ramsay, 9. Oakridge, 10. Lake Bonavista