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Business Development Commission Meeting Minutes



Meeting Date:

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Meeting Called to Order:

8:05 a.m.

Meeting Adjourned:

9:30 a.m.

Next Meeting Date:

Thursday, October 25th, 2012







Pat Richards



Chalegne O’Brien



Julie Campbell



Lee Moss



Greg Bratcher



Mittie Bond



Sue Sullivan



Charlie Downs



Rebecca Olson





Also Present



Council Liaison-Mayor Gerry Welch



Staff Liaison-Mara Perry



Staff Liaison-Joan Jadali








Call to Order

Pat Richards, Chair, called the meeting to order at 8:05 a.m.


Review of July Minutes

The minutes were reviewed from the August meeting.  Chalegne O’Brien motioned for approval, with a second from Sue Sullivan.  All voted in favor.


PR Committee Update

An overview of activities currently in process with the Public Relations Committee was presented by Mayor Welch. Discussion ensued regarding the pooling of communication efforts together among the business districts to coordinate a City-side communication effort. She also discussed the Murdoch Bridge communication. The group also discussed how the focus on restaurants might be our next big project to begin in January…after we are finished focusing on the holiday efforts.


Holiday Update

Discussion ensued regarding the rejuvenation of Webster Wonderland for the holidays. The committee agreed to use the signage that is already available. It was also agreed to get bids from 102.5 for advertisements of Webster Groves.  A suggestion was made to begin a “Webster Wreath Walk” this year and a lengthy discussion followed with the group in agreement of this concept. Sue Sullivan agreed to order 50 4-foot wreaths.  A suggestion was made to make a contest for the wreath; $40/60 costs were suggested.  (This information was updated later.)


Business Communications – How do we reach our businesses?

The discussion of how to market the City led directly into the concerns about how the businesses communicate with one another within their districts and between districts and how there is no method of sharing or bridge building between the business districts.  A suggestion was made to have another City-wide meeting to invite all of the districts and continue to involve them in communication.


Joan Jadali discussed recent communications she had with Jamie Sheffield from a company called MarketVolt and how the efforts on sharing emails might be improved.  She will work with Mara Perry on this effort.


Goals for the BDC

Not discussed



Mara Perry indicated that a new CVS was going to be on the ARB Agenda next week. She also indicated that Auto Beauty had a rezoning request that would be coming up very soon.


Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 25th, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. 



The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 a.m.