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HomeMy Public PortalAboutRHDC Minutes 08-21-1995 CITY OF RICHLAND HILLS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD Noy MEETING MINUTES AUGUST 21, 1995 1. CALL TO ORDER The meeting was called to order by Martha Strain at 7:30 p.m. Members present included Bettie Conklin, JoDon Hicks, Mike Marcum, Jim McKnight, Martha Strain, Nelda Stroder, and Joy Yeatts. Cindy Avery, Bob Ince, and Doug On were absent. Staff members present were Interim City Manager Jim Quin and Administrative Secretary Jeanne Coons. Also present were Council Members Reta Kaastad, LaRue Wall, and Larry Wilson. 2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE JULY 17, 1995 REGULAR MEETING A motion was made by Mr. McKnight, seconded by Mr. Marcum, to approve the minutes of the July 17, 1995 regular meeting. The motion unanimously carried. 3. DISCUSS FUTURE PLANS, GOALS, AND OBJECTIVES The Economic Development Marketing Plan, prepared by PR Texas, was briefly 14/00. discussed. Ms. Strain explained that PR Texas helped prioritize the plan, along with developing target dates for completion of each goal. A copy of the marketing plan was provided to each member. The plan was reviewed to determine which goals have been completed and which goals still need to be accomplished. The Northeast Tarrant County Chamber of Commerce Allies Day was also discussed. Mr. Strain explained what Allies Day was, advising that there is a pre-planned bus tour of each city. The tours are alternated each year between commercial and residential realtors. This year's tour is scheduled for October 12 and will be geared toward residential realtors. The tour will include residential areas, new housing developments, shopping centers, etc. Information packets are provided to each realtor which include information on each individual city. Information such as City services, utilities, city tax rate, etc., are included. Members were encouraged to help the Chamber with preparations and participate in Allies Day. It was suggested that a notice be placed in the newsletter encouraging citizens to "spruce up" their neighborhoods. Ms. Yeatts requested a copy of the list of participants. A motion was made by Nelda Stroder, seconded by Bettie Conklin, to participate in the Chamber's Allies Day on October 12, 1995. The motion unanimously carried. A list of ideas for an economic development plan was presented by Mike Marcum. Mr. Marcum explained that he took ideas from the University of North Texas Plan and the �,, PR Texas Marketing Plan and combined them with some of his own ideas to come up ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES - AUGUST 21, 1995 Slow PAGE 2 with a plan. Mr. Hicks requested that Mr. Marcum discuss the joint workshop between the City Council and Boards. Mr. Marcum explained that he tried to convey to the City Council the Economic Development Advisory Board's intent to have a workable economic development plan that will be focused on new business development, marketing for new business attraction, and business retention. Ms. Strain inquired if staff could obtain the Chamber's list of commercial realtors and send them each a brochure. Ms. Conklin mentioned that she has access to approximately $2,500 of economic development grant money from the Walton Foundation and asked if this would be something the City would be interested in. A discussion followed regarding funding possibilities, the need for economic development, and attendance at economic development meetings. A discretionary fund has been set up in the budget for use by any board and the Economic Development Board could request the City Council approve funding from that account. Ms. Strain advised that an attendance roster will be included in each monthly packet for the purpose of keeping track of attendance. Ms. Strain suggested that a breakfast or luncheon be held in January or February of 1996 and suggested the Star Telegram be the feature speaker. The topic of discussion would be cooperative advertising among local businesses. It was also suggested that a fact sheet be prepared to be inserted into the brochure. The fact sheet could include city statistics and available lots in the city. Information should also be included in the newsletter each month listing information such as the number of permits issued, number of new businesses, etc. Ms. Strain advised that an item should be added to each agenda to discuss agenda items for the following month. Mr. Marcum advised that an agenda item to discuss changes to the ordinance should be placed on next month's agenda. Ms. Strain also suggested that there should be a place at the end of the agenda for committee comments. Ms. Strain inquired if Sam's new general manager could be introduced at the next meeting. Ms. Conklin advised that she would invite him. 4. STAFF UPDATE ON DEVELOPMENT Mr. Quin reported that Sunset Garden is currently going through the permit process. The Booth-Calloway and Glenview Drive intersection improvement engineering contract will be presented to the City Council on August 22, 1995 for their approval. TxDot has completed their survey of Baker Blvd., and will begin the overlay within the next few weeks. The Comprehensive Master Plan, prepared by James Toal, is completed and will be presented to the City Council for their approval on September 26, 1995. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES - AUGUST 21, 1995 PAGE 3 5. ADJOURNMENT There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m. /7/// 1/72,4:)- Ma ha Strain, Chairperson