City of Abbotsford to Explore Market Opportunities for Fraser Valley Trade and Exhibition Centre

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After careful consideration, the City of Abbotsford has commissioned an RFP to gauge market interest in the Fraser Valley Trade and Exhibition Centre (TRADEX) as the first step towards transforming the property into a revenue-generating asset for the City and its residents.

As part of its ongoing commitment to fiscal responsibility, the City of Abbotsford continually reviews its asset portfolio to identify potential risks and opportunities to maximize revenue. According to financial projections, the TRADEX property under a new tenant or tenants, could generate significant return on investment over the next 25 years while the municipality retains land ownership through a long-term land lease or facility rental model. Through a competitive RFP process, the market will determine the best use and value for the property.

In the meantime, TRADEX will continue to be operated by the Tourism Abbotsford Society on behalf of the City and all current programming at the facility will continue without interruption.

The City acquired the TRADEX facility from BC Pavilion Corporation in 2003 but does not collect any revenue from its activities. The Tourism Abbotsford Society currently manages the facility on the City’s behalf and all revenue generated by TRADEX activities is reinvested in the property and Tourism Abbotsford operations.

The City recognizes that TRADEX has been an important regional venue for numerous business and community events. This process may generate questions and concerns from a variety of stakeholders, and the City is committed to supporting impacted stakeholders as best it can through this transition.

Additional details regarding the RFP can be found online.

Quotes:

“As part of Council’s commitment to the residents of Abbotsford, we are always looking for ways to strengthen the City’s economic position. Tourism Abbotsford has been a steady steward of the TRADEX facility over the past two decades however, we believe we have a unique opportunity to gauge the market for TRADEX and recognize new, significant, and sustainable revenue from a potentially under-valued municipal asset. Ultimately, we believe this decision is in the best interests of our residents and puts our community on much stronger fiscal footing moving forward.”

Henry Braun Mayor, City of Abbotsford

Media Availability:

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun will be available to the media for questions via Zoom today as follows:

  • DATE: March 24, 2021
  • TIME: Session will commence 12:00pm, starting with remarks from Mayor Braun then followed by an opportunity for questions.
  • EVENT LINK: Join Zoom Session   Passcode: 438156
For more information, contact:

Alex Mitchell
Public Affairs Officer, City of Abbotsford
E: amitchell@abbotsford.ca
T: 604 751 3092