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Business Development Commission Meeting Minutes


Meeting Date:

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Meeting Called to Order:

8:04 a.m.

Meeting Adjourned:

9:10 a.m.

Next Meeting Date:

Thursday, February 28th, 2013







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 8:04 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 Website

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 Meeting

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

·         Communication Efforts

·         Quick Review on BDC

·         CVC


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 Business District.


Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. 



The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 a.m.