R.E.D.S. is a non-profit society, incorporated on October 31, 2003. The organization is run by volunteers that are passionate about marketing and promoting the Village of Ryley and its businesses.
Our journey began from a Delbourne initiative, to create a business incubator. At the time, Ryley had six unused buildings on Mainstreet. Together with the help of volunteers throughout the community and numerous donations of supplies, trades and expertise; R.E.D.S. was able to purchase and upgrade the building now known as “Nothin’ Fancy”. The purpose was to create a hands-up, low-risk opportunity. We were hoping to provide much needed services to the residents of Ryley.
To be a catalyst for a healthy community both socially and economically, by partnering to enhance opportunity.
To be the advocate in our community and surrounding area. This is done by marketing and advertising as well as recruitment of citizens and business, because we care about the growth and development of our COMMUNITY!
To be a positive influence, to meet the changing needs of the community, promote local business, provide support, develop and maintain partnerships, maintain and up-keep information and to Do!
Monica Coney’s graced us with an up-lifting evening of dance ,”Shosholooza” – Dance to the Beat of Your Own Drum, which brought awareness and inspiration to all. Throughout our growth, R.E.D.S. hosted many dinners and fundraisers such as:
Ryley Economic Development Society prepared a facilitation inviting all members in and outside of the Beaver County area, as well as leaders of organizations in Ryley. Our strategic planning session brought input and insight to where R.E.D.S. should be heading and what the is needed in our community. Goals were formulated throughout this process.
R.E.D.S. held annual trade-fairs to promote local and home-grown businesses. It’s success led to creating a regional business directory. This allowed public awareness as well gave the businesses an inexpensive way to market and promote themselves.
R.E.D.S. is responsible for the creation of the Community Profile, which is a brochure providing information for all of the organizations, recreation, churches and social clubs throughout the village. You can obtain a brochure from the village office or R.E.D.S. if you don’t already have one.
Ryley Economic Development Society hosts two main annual fundraisers a year. One being the Business Week Awards and Dinner Theatre, hosted every October during National Business Week. This year we are pleased to present 3 plays by Infinite Imagination Travelling Theatre – formerly known as the Churchmice Players. It is a fun-packed evening for all to enjoy; including a harvest dinner by Grethe’s Kitchen, silent auction and most importantly celebrating the businesses with our awards ceremony. Please call Debb at 780.663.2441 for tickets and bout your tables early. Hope to see you there.
Our second annual event is the Mainstreet Festival. This gives us an opportunity to showcase a “Taste of Ryley” with foods and local entertainment; instilling community pride.