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Development Commission Meeting Minutes
January 24th, 2013
Meeting Called to Order:
Next Meeting Date:
February 28th, 2013
Council Liaison-Mayor Gerry Welch
Staff Liaison-Mara Perry
Call to Order
Pat Richards, Chair, called the
meeting to order at 8:04 a.m.
Review of Minutes
The minutes were reviewed from
the November meeting. Rebecca motioned for approval with a second from Charlie.
All voted in favor.
Update on PR
The Mayor reviewed a number of
items that were underway during the holidays including radio ads on 102.5, the
Webster Wreaths, the Reindeer Project by the Parks Department, and the Gift
Certificate Program (where they hit the $20,000 mark in sales of gift
certificates around Christmas.)
Gerry also distributed a copy of
the St. Louis Convention Center guide that had just been printed. She stated
that we have a reduced presence this year due to less participation in it than
the prior year.
Gerry stated that work was
beginning on the upcoming insert for the Recreation brochure and that the PR
Committee is exploring options for mailing these out to households separately
from the Recreation brochure. She also stated that various advertising efforts
are underway, but we need to ensure that all resources aren’t being placed with
one vendor and that we are very aware of working together on various efforts
including radio, print, electronic and social media.
The Mayor also stated that
Webster Groves was awarded the Creative Community Award from the Missouri Arts
Council for 2013. Webster Groves is the smallest City to earn this award.
Review of Explore WG
Mara discussed how the site could
be improved and requested that we put on next month’s agenda that we need some
volunteers from the BDC for pictures, etc, for the website, to help select the
most appropriate pictures and to help with recommendations and ideas.
Mara also mentioned that the St.
Louis Coalition of Business Districts will be presenting on Social Media on
February 12th at 3pm at Soulard Station, 1911 South 12th
Street. Mara, Joan, and Pat will be attending.
Planning Next All Business
The next all business meeting was
scheduled previously for February 5, 2013 from 8-9am at the Recreation Complex
was rescheduled for Thursday, March 7th at that same time and place.
Topics that we plan to discuss include the following:
Explore Webster Groves website
Quick Review on BDC
Rebecca suggested that we do the
same thing that we did last year to remind people about the meeting and invite
them to attend. She emphasized the importance of foot traffic and a “Save the
Date” sheet to leave behind after meeting with potential attendees.
Joan mentioned that she didn’t
see where funding was needed as many of the items from the BDC are funneled
down to the PR Committee…where a budget has been used and will be prepared once
again for FY14.
Mara mentioned that CVS is going
for its final reading of its plat at the next City Council meeting.
Architextures bought the Goetz building in Crossroads and that Euclid Records
is moving to McCaughen and Burr. The Gallery is moving to the Old Webster Records
building and Jets Pizza wants to go into the Starbucks building in the OW
The next meeting will be held on
Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:10