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Downtown businesses extend welcome to UWindsor campus

A kick-off event Thursday welcomed students, faculty and employees to the city centre, and introduced a website listing dozens of discounts from members of the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association.

“The University of Windsor is grateful to the Downtown Windsor BIA for rolling out the red carpet as our students, faculty and staff take up occupancy of their new home at the Pitt-Ferry intersection,” said Alan Wildeman, president of the University of Windsor. “This is a historic moment for the University as we join St. Clair College in the downtown. The BIA’s enthusiasm sends a strong message to the broader community that there is a big change afoot downtown.”

The association’s chair, Larry Horwitz, called the event a terrific opportunity to show university and college students the eateries, shops and entertainment options the downtown has to offer.

“The University and College campuses will further enhance downtown Windsor’s revitalization, contribute to its convivial quality of life, and be significant generators of economic impact in the city centre,” Horwitz said.

The discount listing, www.downtownwindsorcoupons.ca, features coupons that can be either printed or displayed on a smart phone. Redemption requires the presentation of student, faculty or employee ID.