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2015 Farmer’s Market Advisory Committee March 19, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Attendees: Nancy Jackson; Sheri Peeples; Mona Lewis; Jenny Gilbert; Brandi Walls; Linda Roth; Hollie Duncan; Cindy Smith; and Tara Currier

February Minutes Tara asked everyone review the minutes from February.

Items in Progress: – Flyer: Hollie shared the flyer she has created for the Farmer’s Market. These can be distributed anywhere vendors/committee members are able.

– Incentive Program for Shoppers: It was decided that Punch Cards, similar to what DDA does for downtown retailers, may be the best option. A card will be created with 20, $5 circles. For every $5 a shopper spends, the vendor will mark through one of the circles. Once the card has been filled (i.e. the shopper has spent $100 at the Farmer’s Market), s/he may turn the card in to one of the Advisory Committee members. A drawing will be held once per month. Vendors will be asked to donate one item each month for the basket.

– Meeting with Downtown Restaurants: Dozie and Tara will lead a meeting with downtown restaurants on Wednesday, April 15, at 2 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to try and get more participation from the restaurants at the Farmer’s Market, and discuss how restaurants may be able to purchase excess product from vendors.

Set Dates for Events:

– Zucchini Festival: Saturday, June 27th Categories to include: Biggest Zucchini; Most Unusual Zucchini; Best Zucchini Dish. OTHER IDEAS? Could also ask vendors to donate small zucchinis and allow kids to paint them; winner for “best decorated.”

– Tomato Festival: Saturday, July 25th Categories: Biggest Tomato; Ugliest Tomato; Prettiest (most vibrant color); Best Tasting. OTHER IDEAS? Will ask vendors to donate tomatoes, and DDA staff will provide bread and mayonnaise and make sandwiches.

– Friday, August 7, is “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” First Friday Vendors are encouraged to set up for this event.

– September Canning Demonstration. It was suggested Lisa Fowler be contacted regarding this and to set a date.

Other Items to Discuss? Tara inquired where the best location for porta potties would be. DDA board is considering renting a handicap unit and regular unit to be placed downtown for the duration of the Farmer’s Market season (June – September). Under the Bridge was deemed the best location.

Tara also asked that Advisory Committee help with the parking overflow rules. Vendors should only park outside of the Founder’s Oak parking area if there are NO remaining spaces in that lot.

In closing, Jenny suggested arranging a late April/early May plant sell. Tara will contact Paul Pugliese regarding this idea.

Meeting was adjourned. Next meeting, Thursday, April 23, 4 PM. Cartersville Train Depot.

New Feature Exhibition Opening at Bartow History Museum

 

 

The Bartow History Museum is pleased to announce the opening of a new feature exhibition on Thursday, April 30, 2015.  The new exhibit, “Fill ‘er Up: The Story of the Service Station,” takes a look at the way gas and service stations have changes over time.

Throughout the early 20th century, gas stations popped up along early roadways and provided fuel for motorists across the country.  Today’s gas stations complete with mini-marts, fast food restaurants, car washes and islands of self-serve fuel have come a long way since the days of pumping gas from a storage tank into a glass or metal dispenser.

This exhibit will include a variety of historic gas pumps and other tools, parts, and fixtures used both inside and outside the station, as well as photographs of Bartow County service stations.  While historic service stations are disappearing, they will continue to serve as reminders of earlier times when every tank of gas came with an oil check and a cleaned windshield.

The opening will take place on Thursday, April 30, 2015.  A member’s preview and reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., with refreshments provided by Highway 41 Filling Station.  At 7 p.m., author and historian, Abbie Parks, will present a special lecture on her book Images of America: North Georgia’s Dixie Highway.  Through historic photographs, the book chronicles the rise of the Dixie Highway tourist route and the service related businesses that sprang up along that route, including service stations.

The Bartow History Museum is located at 4 E. Church Street in downtown Cartersville.  Parking is available next to the building.  The lecture is free to members and included with the price of admission for not-yet members.  For more information on this and other BHM programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288 or visit our website at www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

 

Bartow History Museum

 

The Bartow History Museum welcomes Robert Jones, author and president of the Kennesaw Historical Society, as speaker at the upcoming Lunch & Learn program on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at noon.  Jones’ topic will be the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died from a gunshot wound received at Ford’s Theater from actor John Wilkes Booth.  On the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death, Jones will present a detailed timeline of the assassination, look at the conspirators involved in the plot, and their disposition after the assassination trial.  While the assassination had little effect on the outcome of the Civil War, it had a huge impact on post-War reconstruction, which was much more severe than it would have been otherwise.  Following the program, Jones will sign copies of his book Conspirators, Assassins, and the Death of Abraham Lincoln.

In addition to serving as president of the Kennesaw Historical Society, Robert Jones is a prolific author, having written books on the Civil War, railroads, ghost towns, and Christian history.

Lunch & Learn will take place on April 15, at noon.  Guests are invited to bring a lunch and the doors will open at 11:45 a.m.    The Bartow History Museum is located at 4 E. Church Street in downtown Cartersville.  The lecture is free to members and included with the price of admission for not-yet members.  For more information on this and other BHM programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288 or visit our website at www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

Cartersville DDA Receives Award

CARTERSVILLE DDA RECEIVES HISTORIC HIGH COUNTRY TRAVEL ASSOCIAITON AWARD FOR ASSOCIATION EXCELLENCE FOR BEST EVENT WITH ATTENDANCE OF 2,500+

 

Cartersville, GA Cartersville Downtown Development Authority & Main Street Program received one of the first ever Awards of Association Excellence from the Historic High Country Travel Association (HHCTA). Recognized for the various work and involvement on the 2nd Annual Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival, held on Saturday, October 19, 2014, HHCTA President Tom Shinall announced earlier this month that Cartersville DDA received the award for Best Event with Attendance of 2,500 or more.

 

Established in 2014, under former HHCTA President Tara Currier, the HHCTA Awards of Excellence are a way to recognize, honor and promote the outstanding achievements of efforts made in the hospitality and tourism industries in the northwest region of Georgia. To be eligible for submitting a nomination, the nominee must be a member of Georgia’s Historic High Country Travel Association. All submissions were due at the end of 2014, with a Selection Committee formed in early 2014 to review and score all nominations.

 

“It is exciting to present an inaugural Award of Association Excellence to the Cartersville DDA for Best Event with an Attendance over 2,500,” said Tom Shinall current President of HHCTA. “The DDA’s Bluegrass & Folk Festival was nominated along with several other large regional events. To come out as the winner shows that their hard work and dedication to the event did not go unnoticed. This is a well-deserved award to a relatively new annual event in the Historic High Country Travel Association Region.”

 

Cartersville DDA submitted nominations for both the Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival for Best Event, and for the new downtown mobile app, for Best Marketing Effort. The news of receiving the Award for Excellence for Best Event with Attendance of 2,500+ was a great honor and humbling recognition for all the hard work that has gone into that event since it’s inception in 2013.

 

Shared DDA/Main Street Promotions Chair Lara Jeanneret, “The Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival was started in 2013 after a few board members and I discussed a need to bring a great festival like this to downtown. Downtown Cartersville was lacking any type of large event, specifically a music festival, and so the rest of the board felt this was a good idea to pursue. The first year went well, and we were able to make some positive improvements and changes to the 2014 event, which ended up attracting approximately 3,500 people. With two stages of entertainment, a large kid’s area, and numerous vendors, the free event offers plenty for people of all ages to enjoy. Planning takes right at 10 months for the event, which includes recruiting sponsors for the event; establishing the marketing strategy; coordinating the logistics of setup and cleanup; and arranging for volunteers to assist with the event. It is such an honor to have received the HHCTA Award for Association Excellence for the event in just its’ second year.”

 

Planning is already underway for the 3rd Annual Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival, which will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015. New this year, a committee has been formed to help with the planning and implementation of the event. It is the feeling that the 2015 event should be the biggest to date. In addition to establishing a Festival Zone to allow for the sale of beer and wine, the desire is to double the vendor area, and conclude the evening on the Main Stage, which will be on a brand new, covered pavilion which should be completed this summer. Sponsors are currently being sought for the event, and more information can be found by visiting www.cartersvillebluegrass.com.

 

About the Historic High Country Travel Association:

The Historic High Country Travel Association (HHCTA) is a volunteer organization, the mission of which is economic development in the 17-county northwest Georgia region through tourism marketing and promotion of its members.  Our objective is to provide leadership, networking, and cooperative advertising opportunities, collaboration and a communication link with the travel industry.  The HHCTA serves Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Pickens, Paulding, Polk, Walker and Whitfield Counties.

More information at www.GeorgiaHighCountry.org.

 

About the Downtown Development Authority of Cartersville & Main Street Program:

The Downtown Development Authority of Cartersville was established in 1981, and Cartersville became a National Main Street Program in 1987. The mission of these organizations is to collaboratively enhance the downtown district by following the Main Street Four Point Approach®, assisting entrepreneurs and current downtown business and property owners, and ensuring downtown remains a vibrant and exciting place to live, work and play through various events and activities planned through the office.

April 6 2015 DDA Board Meeting Minutes

DDA Board Meeting Minutes – Special Meeting

April 6, 2015

Board Members Present: Nancy Jackson, Earline Burke, Lara Jeanneret, Dan Kramer, Maureen Kirkland and Bill Chandler
Board Members Absent: Jim Ballew
Others Present: Dan Porta and Tara Currier

Meeting was called to order by Nancy Jackson. Nancy shared that Jim Ballew contacted her Thursday letting her know he would not be able to attend the called meeting.

Election of Officers:
Chair: Nancy made a motion for Earline Burke to be Chair; Bill seconded; all voted in favor.
Vice Chair: Earline made a motion for Nancy Jackson to be Vice Chair; Dan seconded; all voted in favor.
Secretary/Treasurer: Bill made a motion for Dan Kramer to serve as Secretary; Earline seconded; all voted in favor.
In discussion of the Secretary/Treasurer role, Nancy asked if there really needed to be a position of Treasurer since the City handles the budget. Tara suggested that the board review the bylaws and consider amending to best meet the board’s needs and preferences.

The Executive Committee roles will take effect May 1, 2015.

Election of Committee Chairs:
Outreach: Lara made a motion recommending Maureen Kirkland as the Outreach Chair; Bill seconded; all voted in favor.
Design: Earline made a motion recommending Nancy Jackson as Design Chair; Dan seconded; all voted in favor.
Promotions: Nancy made a motion recommending Lara Jeanneret continue as Promotions Chair; Dan seconded; all voted in favor.
Economic Development: Nancy made a motion recommending Bill Chandler continue as Economic Development Chair; Earline seconded; all voted in favor.

Manager Comments re: Departure:
Tara showed the board the notebook she has put together detailing much of the roles/responsibilities of the Manager. The notebook will be left on the Manager desk.
She also pointed out the need for the board to stay on top of the Accreditation Standards and ensure all work is being done to maintain accreditation.
Dan Porta will serve as Interim Manager until a replacement is hired.

Discussion of Pavilion:
Tara presented copies of the pavilion rendering Jim Haigler provided last week. The drawings were submitted to Cartersville City Council during their Work Session on April 2. Council was in favor of the drawings, with Mayor Santini suggesting that the middle, side posts be eliminated, pending structural safety, to provide better views of the stage. This suggestion has been passed along to Jim Haigler. Board also agreed with that suggestion, and liked rendering overall.
Tara then posed the question of renaming the ‘Main Stage’ of the Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival to the Depot Stage. This would help equalize the two stages. Bluegrass documents will be updated accordingly to reflect this change.

Meeting was adjourned. Next, regular scheduled board meeting will be Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 8:30 AM.

Applications Now Being Accepted for Downtown Development Authority Manager

City of Cartersville

Downtown Development Manager

The City of Cartersville has immediate need for a Downtown Development Manager to provide leadership and direction for the City’s downtown development/revitalization and Main Street Programs. This position is responsible for managing the City’s downtown development program and Main Street Program, including business development/recruitment, existing business outreach, marketing/promotional initiatives, etc., in coordination with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Board and Cartersville City Manager.

This position requires:

• Bachelor’s degree: Business Administration, Public Administration, Economic Development, Marketing and/or equivalent experience.
• 3 years’ prior experience in a leadership/supervisory role/position involving supervision/direction of paid and voluntary staff in a public or non-profit organization, preferably in DDA, Historic Preservation, Main Street revitalization focus.
• 3-5 years’ experience in leadership role with Downtown Development Organization, especially in supervising/developing staff/employees.
• Ability to build strong organizational teams, both with internal and external stake holders.
• Skill in developing relationships with existing/potential membership, staff, local/state officials, and elected officials.
• Demonstrated ability to procure grants, donations, and other funding necessary to successfully accomplish Downtown Goals/objectives.
• Ability to develop budgets and ensure financial accountability.
• Excellent written/verbal presentation skills, especially in promotion of special events.
• Ability to develop/implement strategies to accomplish organizational vision and directives from DDA Board and City Manager.
• Demonstrated ability to use business/office software, especially Microsoft Office software and other software related to Downtown business and economic development.

Position responsibilities:

• Provide leadership/direction for Cartersville Downtown Development in implementing/completing all short/long term/strategic plans, programs, projects, initiatives, etc.
• Implement vision/initiatives/strategies in coordination with Cartersville City Manager and DDA Board.
• Coordinate initiatives with allied organizations, including Cartersville-Bartow Joint Development Authority, Cartersville-Bartow County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Cartersville/Bartow Chamber of Commerce, City of Cartersville Departments, etc.
• Develop processes to meet the needs of Downtown businesses and stakeholders.
• Develop annual budget for the DDA in coordination with DDA Board, City Director of Finance, and City Manager, ensuring financial accountability.
• Direct professional/paid and volunteer staff.
• Build strong relationships with appropriate local, state, federal agencies and allied organizations.
• Serve as DDA representative to DDA Board Meetings and other organizations/entities as directed/required.
• Develop/present information/data in monthly report format to update City Manager and DDA Board regarding all activity and results.

Compensation: Base salary plus excellent benefits package.

Qualified individuals interested in applying for this position should forward resume by April 17, 2015 to:

hr@cityofcartersville.org or fax: 770-386-5685.

March 2015 Cartersville Farmer’s Market Meeting Minutes

2015 Farmer’s Market Advisory Committee
March 19, 2015
Meeting Minutes

Attendees: Nancy Jackson; Sheri Peeples; Mona Lewis; Jenny Gilbert; Brandi Walls; Linda Roth; Hollie Duncan; Cindy Smith; and Tara Currier

February Minutes
Tara asked everyone review the minutes from February.

Items in Progress:
– Flyer: Hollie shared the flyer she has created for the Farmer’s Market. These can be distributed anywhere vendors/committee members are able.
– Incentive Program for Shoppers: It was decided that Punch Cards, similar to what DDA does for downtown retailers, may be the best option. A card will be created with 20, $5 circles. For every $5 a shopper spends, the vendor will mark through one of the circles. Once the card has been filled (i.e. the shopper has spent $100 at the Farmer’s Market), s/he may turn the card in to one of the Advisory Committee members. A drawing will be held once per month. Vendors will be asked to donate one item each month for the basket.
– Meeting with Downtown Restaurants: Dozie and Tara will lead a meeting with downtown restaurants on Wednesday, April 15, at 2 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to try and get more participation from the restaurants at the Farmer’s Market, and discuss how restaurants may be able to purchase excess product from vendors.

Set Dates for Events:
– Zucchini Festival: Saturday, June 27th
Categories to include: Biggest Zucchini; Most Unusual Zucchini; Best Zucchini Dish.
Could also ask vendors to donate small zucchinis and allow kids to paint them; winner for “best decorated.”
– Tomato Festival: Saturday, July 25th
Categories: Biggest Tomato; Ugliest Tomato; Prettiest (most vibrant color); Best Tasting.
Will ask vendors to donate tomatoes, and DDA staff will provide bread and mayonnaise and make sandwiches.
– Friday, August 7, is “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” First Friday
Vendors are encouraged to set up for this event.
– September Canning Demonstration. It was suggested Lisa Fowler be contacted regarding this and to set a date.

Other Items to Discuss?
Tara inquired where the best location for porta potties would be. DDA board is considering renting a handicap unit and regular unit to be placed downtown for the duration of the Farmer’s Market season (June – September). Under the Bridge was deemed the best location.
Tara also asked that Advisory Committee help with the parking overflow rules. Vendors should only park outside of the Founder’s Oak parking area if there are NO remaining spaces in that lot.
In closing, Jenny suggested arranging a late April/early May plant sell. Tara will contact Paul Pugliese regarding this idea.

Meeting was adjourned. Next meeting, Thursday, April 23, 4 PM. Cartersville Train Depot.

March 2015 Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival Committee Meeting Minutes

Cartersville Bluegrass & Festival Committee
March 9, 2015 at 8:30 AM
Meeting Minutes

Attending: Tara Currier, Lara Jeanneret, Hollie Duncan, Maureen Kirkland, Rick McKee, Dan Kramer, Jamie Henderson, Graham Robertson, and Regina Wheeler

Ideas on Bands/ Musical Acts:
Tara asked what the committee thought about going ahead and contacting the bands the committee members has agreed on from last year to pencil us in their schedules for this year. The committee agreed that this was a good idea. Tara discovered that the Steel Drivers charge $7500 to perform, so that is out of the committee’s budget. However, Mountain Heart charges $4000, which is more in the committee’s price range. (They would also require hotel accommodations and meals). They will be considered as the Bluegrass & Folk Festival’s headliner.

Update on Alcohol Vendor:
Tara informed the committee that she talked with a representative from Eagle Rock who said that since this is the first time allowing alcohol at the Bluegrass & Folk Festival, Eagle Rock will not be a sponsor. However, they will possibly provide a donation of beer.

Review Vendor Applications:
It was decided that Main Stage vendors would have to be at the festival until 9 PM, and Founder’s vendors would stay until 7 PM. Lara suggested adding in a map of Friendship Plaza and Founder’s Oak Park to allow potential vendors to see where vendor locations would be in comparison to the two stages. Any alcohol vendor will have to pay for special event insurance and obtain a state permit if they plan to serve alcohol.

Sponsorships and Fundraising:
Maureen suggested Lara do a quick design stating: “Now Accepting Sponsorships” for online sites. Lara agreed that this was a great idea. Maureen also suggested that we set up a “GoFundMe.com” to inspire the community to help fund the Bluegrass & Folk Festival. Tara informed the committee that Williamson Bros BBQ has already expressed interest in being a 2015 food vendor.

Other Items to Discuss:
Jamie suggested talking to some of the vendors/sponsors/bands from the Raccoon Creek Bluegrass Festival to see if any of them would be interested in participating in the Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival.

Meeting was adjourned. Next meeting will be held Monday, April 13th at 8:30 AM.

March 2015 DDA Board Meeting Minutes

DDA Board Meeting Minutes
March 19, 2015

Board Members Present: Nancy Jackson, Earline Burke, Lara Jeanneret, Dan Kramer, Maureen Kirkland and Bill Chandler

Board Members Absent: Jim Ballew

Others Present: Dan Porta, Kari Hodge, Hollie Duncan and Tara Currier

Meeting was called to order by Nancy Jackson. Nancy thanked Dan Kramer for the beautiful clock he has loaned DDA, which was hung prominently in the board room.

Nancy asked if everyone had reviewed the February meeting minutes. Earline made a motion to approve; Lara seconded; all voted in favor.

Financial Report: Tara shared the working budget to date, as well as the timeframe for the budget schedule due to the City for approval/Council adoption. Tara shared that though the initial budget is due to Tom Rhinehardt on Friday, April 3, she notified him on March 18 that the deadline would not be met. She and Earline have been working on the budget, but need more clarification from the City Manager and Mayor on how funds will be handled moving forward, so that the proposed budget can be completed. The hope is to arrange a meeting the week of April 6.

B.I.D.: Earline updated everyone on the current B.I.D. budget. The beginning balance has been corrected by the City to reflect the true amount, which is actually $86,902.26. Earline then brought up discussion of how to handle the $70,000+ reserve balance. Tara will contact City Attorney for feedback.
– Once clarification from City Attorney has been received, Tara will prepare a packet mailing to property owners to include an update on expenditures for FY 2014-2015, and a proposed budget for FY 2015-2016.

Committee Reports:
A. Outreach:
• Nothing to report.
B. Design:
• The minutes from the recent Design Committee meeting were shared with the board. Earline touched on the minutes briefly, and asked if the board had any objection to declining the offer of the caboose Greg Anderson with Parks & Recreation was willing to give DDA. There were no objections, due to the high cost involved with renovating the caboose and moving to downtown. Tara will notify Greg of the board’s decision.
C. Promotions:
• Lara reviewed the minutes from the most recent Promotions Committee meeting, which were provided to board members.
D. Economic Development:
• Bill touched on the highlights from the recent meeting, of which minutes were provided to the board. There are three new members of the committee, bringing the total to 6, plus Bill and Tara. The committee reviewed the notes from the recent board training, and amended the 2015 goals for the year.

Other Committee Reports:
Tara shared committee minutes from the Cartersville Farmer’s Market Advisory Committee and Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival Committee.
– In regard to the Bluegrass Festival, Tara inquired what the board’s thoughts were on creating a GoFund me account to allow those interested to give smaller amounts (than available through sponsorship packet) towards bringing the festival to downtown. Board asked that Tara prepare additional information about the logistics of how that would work, including cost(s) involved, and share at the next meeting.
– Tara then shared the proposed Vendor Application and asked for feedback. After much discussion, it was decided that downtown businesses should have the first opportunity to apply for vendor space. Tara will create a separate application for downtown businesses. Board agreed that food vendors should pay DDA 10% of their total sales from the festival; and alcohol vendors should pay 15% of total sales.
– For the outside downtown vendors, application fees will remain as Tara presented, with the addition of the 10% total sales to DDA for restaurants and 15% total sales for alcohol vendors.

Old Business:
A. Wyoming Main Street Visit/Board Assignments: Tara shared the draft of the schedule for the Wyoming Main Street visit on March 28. All board members are asked to participate and lead small group tours.
B. Discussion of Vision/Mission Statements: Nancy asked if everyone had given thought/prepared potential statements. Dan Kramer read aloud ideas he had, followed by Nancy and Tara. Discussion of other ideas took place. It was suggested that everyone email their thoughts/ideas to Tara, who will assemble everything in a singular document, and distribute to the board for further discussion at next meeting.

New Business:
A. Review/Approval of Lease Agreement and Intergovernmental Agreement: No additional comments or objections to the documents were made. Earline suggested that the board wait to sign off on each document, until after the meeting with City Manager and Mayor.
B. Election of Officers: Nancy shared Jim’s desire to postpone election of officers due to his absence. Board members agreed to wait, and discussion on restructuring committees, and how the board would like to move forward with their organization took place. A separate meeting to discuss committee structure and the election of officers was set for Monday, April 6, 2015, at 11 AM, at the train depot.
C. May 19th Meet and Greet: Tara shared that Robert Adams has agreed to hold a Meet & Greet at his home on May 19th. This could be used as recruiting event for additional volunteers and committee members. Board agreed that everyone could be responsible for bringing 2 people to the event, and that HPC and a few other targeted individuals would be invited. To save on using DDA funds, board and staff will each donate a bottle of wine or beer for the event. Robert and Mrs. Kramer will provide food.
D. Reports: Tara briefly highlighted the staff reports.
E. Other Business: Tara asked for direction on a few, recently suggested ideas and thoughts.

ADJOURN: Next meetings – Called Meeting: Monday, April 6, at 11 AM
Regular Meeting: Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

March 2015 Economic Development Committee Meeting Minutes

Cartersville Downtown Development Authority
Economic Development Committee Meeting Minutes – Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Attending: Bill Chandler, DDA Board/Edward Jones; Carrie Barnes, Georgia EMC; Saunders Jones, III, Century Bank; Kathy Hall, Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce; Frank Kenney, Mellow Mushroom; Tara Currier, DDA
A. Welcome:
Bill called the order to meeting.

B. Overview of Committee:
Tara shared a brief overview of the purpose of the committee, due to a few new members recently joining. As follow up, Tara will send the complete 2015 Main Street Work Plan to the committee for their review, as well as the Parking Analysis completed in 2014; an electronic copy of the Guide to Starting a Business in Downtown Cartersville; and the Downtown Master Plan.

C. Strengths/Opportunities of Committee:
Bill reviewed the current Main Street Work Plan for Economic Development, and then the notes from the recent board retreat. It was suggested that some of the items already completed on the Main Street Work Plan be removed and new goals for 2015 be established based on the retreat notes and committee input.
– After reviewing the items, the committee decided to update the 2015 Economic Development Main Street Work Plan to reflect the following:
1. Targeted Recruitment to Vacant Sites/Buildings
2. Offer co-op advertising
3. Utilize the “Cash Mob” concept
4. Collaborate with the Chamber of Commerce to host workshops/seminars to better equip existing downtown business owners
– In review/discussion of these items, Carrie suggested a CBDG grant be considered for the Main Street water line that needs to be replaced. (Improving aging infrastructure downtown would be a key element in the targeted recruitment to vacant sites/buildings.) Tara will schedule a meeting soon with Carrie and City Water Director Bob Jones.
– It was also suggested that a more detailed list of available properties be acquired. This includes specs, and what utilities/infrastructure are currently available. Tara will work to get some information gathered before the next meeting.
D. Other Items to Discuss?
– Though the “continue to investigate ways to improve parking downtown” was removed from the Work Plan, Tara pointed out that way-fining signage is on the Design Committee Work Plan for 2015. Carrie suggested that sandwich boards be purchased that could be placed around downtown on weekend/during special events directing people to available parking. Tara will look into cost.
E. Meeting was adjourned. Next meeting April 8 at 4 PM.