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Development Commission Meeting Minutes
September 27th, 2012
Meeting Called to Order:
Next Meeting Date:
October 25th, 2012
Council Liaison-Mayor Gerry Welch
Staff Liaison-Mara Perry
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.
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
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.
The next meeting will be held on
Thursday, October 25th, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:30