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HomeMy Public PortalAboutRHDC Minutes 05-15-1995 CITY OF RICHLAND HILLS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES MAY 15, 1995 1. CALL TO ORDER The meeting was called to order by Chairman Orr at 7:30 p.m. Members present included Doug Orr, Bob Ince, JoDon Hicks, Jim McKnight, Bettie Conklin, and Mike Marcum. Members absent included Jeane Grisham, Cindy Avery, and Joy Yeatts. Assistant to the City Manager Jim Quin and Administrative Secretary Jeanne Coons were also present. 2. INTRODUCTION OF NEW MEMBER New member Jim McKnight was introduced. 3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM APRIL 17, 1995 REGULAR MEETING A motion was made by Mike Marcum, seconded by JoDon Hicks, to approve the minutes of the April 17, 1995 regular meeting. The motion unanimously carried. 4. FOLLOW-UP DISCUSSION ON BUSINESS LUNCHEON Staff provided a follow-up report on the business luncheon which was held on April 25, 1995 at the Community Center. The total cost of the luncheon was approximately $1,500.00. There were approximately 60 people in attendance which was low compared to last year's luncheon. Approximately 130 people were expected to attend. There was a short discussion regarding why the attendance was so low. Mr. Quin pointed out that staff did make reminder calls to each business two days prior to the luncheon. Although total attendance was disappointing, it was the consensus of the Board that the luncheon was a success. Mike Marcum attended the business luncheon sponsored by North Richland Hills and reported that it had the same percentage of attendance and was set up similar to this luncheon with registration tables, printed name tags, several handouts, slide presentation, and a question/answer session. Several businesses donated items for draw prizes. Mr. Marcum provided a sample handout he received from North Richland Hills' luncheon. The binder included numerous material and information about North Richland Hills and the status of economic development in their City. They also pushed for businesses to interact with the City. Chairman On mentioned that Richland Hills needs to interact more with the businesses and mentioned the possibility of publishing a small newsletter with information for the businesses. This particular item was previously discussed by the Board. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES - MAY 15, 1995 *400.1 PAGE 2 Mr. Hicks mentioned that he would like to see the Board take a new direction such as actively soliciting retail businesses for the City. Mr. Hicks also suggested getting together with other committees to put together some sort of fun activity such as a festival or carnival with a midway and band. An example used was Grapevine's Main Street Days. Last year's open house for the Fire Station was a success with quite a few people in attendance. Chairman On pointed out that the Board had discussed holding a business expo, but that would be geared toward businesses. Mr. Hicks advised that there should be a fun event for everyone to come together and participate, not only businesses. Other ideas discussed included food booths, live radio broadcasts and location. Bettie Conklin pointed out that there has to be a target audience and have everything directed toward the targeted audience for any special event. Ms. Conklin further pointed out that there has to be enough time to plan the event and provided some details of what Sam's is planning for their 10th anniversary which is October 3, 1995. Sam's main focus (target) is the small business and on October 15th, they plan to hold a Small Business Fair. The Board may want to work in with this event. Chairman Orr suggested participating in the event by having a City booth and provide information such as demographics, traffic counts, growth area, available space, etc. It was the Board's opinion that the City should participate in Sam's Small Business Fair in order to show their appreciation for Sam's being in the City for the last ten years. It was pointed out that Sam's event was more of an economic/business event and the festival suggestion was more of a special events activity. Mr. Hicks mentioned that the festival idea would take a strong joint effort from several committees, but should be headed up by Special Events. Mr. Quin advised that this idea was included in the Marketing Communications Plan with a target date of 1996. A recommendation should be given to the Special Events Committee and let them explore the idea. Other ideas discussed included a fiddler's contest and old frontier's days. It was also suggested that the event should take place in the Fall of 1996. Mr. Bill Gooch, 3662 Popplewell, spoke before the Board regarding the potential for small businesses to locate to Richland Hills and what the City has to offer in that regard. Mr. Gooch explained that he would like to relocate his business in Richland Hills and inquired as to what type of help the City offers prospective businesses. Chairman Orr advised that the City needs to make more of an effort to attract potential small businesses and further advised that they need to know how to communicate to the potential businesses. At this time, Mike Kelley spoke about tax abatements or incentives. He stated that this issue came up at a recent City Council meeting where someone wanted to build a retirement development and the City Council turned down every kind of tax abatement possible. Mr. Gooch explained that he was not looking for a tax abatement, but was looking for a location/building to relocate his plant. Mr. Gooch pointed out that ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES - MAY 15, 1995 PAGE 3 the City should have some sort of package to provide to prospective businesses. Mr. Hicks explained that the City has spent more time in the past trying to help the businesses that were in the City and might have slacked off on soliciting new businesses. A short discussion took place regarding available locations throughout the City. Mrs. Gooch suggested the City place an advertisement in the paper which would reflect the vacant properties within the City. Mr. Quin pointed out that the Board has made great strides in the last year toward economic development which included the Economic Development Folder and Business Directory. Chairman Orr pointed out that information is available from the City regarding economic development. Attendance of board members was discussed. Board members whose terms expire at the end of the month include: Bob Ince, Jeane Grisham, and Bettie Conklin (Sam's Club). Martha Strain and Bob Skrobarcek were not reappointed. It was suggested that those members who have missed several meetings not be reappointed. Mike Kelley inquired as to the procedure for appointments/reappointments. There was some discussion as to why Martha Strain was not reappointed. Chairman Orr inquired if anyone should call Council Member LaRue Wall to let her know that the Board would like to have Martha Strain reappointed. At this time, Mr. Quin added that there are several certificates of appreciation for new businesses left over from the business luncheon that need to be delivered and asked if the members would like to hand deliver the certificates. Each member agreed to deliver several certificates. Chairman On advised that he will get together with Martha Strain regarding the upcoming Sam's event to determine how the City can participate in that event and will report back to the Board next month. There was additional discussion regarding attendance and appointments to the board by various Council Members. It was suggested that those members who have missed several meetings be removed from the Board and Chairman Orr asked what the process was to remove a member. Mr. Quin explained that a memo should be written to the City Council. 5. DISCUSS STATUS OF BUSINESS DIRECTORY Mr. Quin reported on the status of the Business Directory. Mr. Quin reported that since there was a lack of advertisement, Vicki Nichols could publish the directory in black and white, at no cost to the City, instead of in color. There was some concern as to whether or not those businesses who have paid for their advertisement will get a refund if the directory is not printed this year. It was agreed that staff should check to see if the businesses will receive a refund for their advertisement if the business directory is not ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES - MAY 15, 1995 Avow PAGE 4 published. If so, then an item will be placed on the next agenda to cancel this year's publication of the business directory. 6. STAFF UPDATE ON DEVELOPMENT Mr. Quin reported on the process of Permanent Records and Plastex. Both companies plan to hold grand openings at the end of June or early July. Hamilton Forms is expanding by 20,000 square feet, and Martina De La Fuenta is waiting to hear from the Federal Home Loan Bank for a private grant to build a $1.2 retirement community on Baker Blvd. James Toal, KVG Gideon Toal, should be ready to submit his final draft to the City Council in early June. The State of Texas is now reviewing the draft interlocal agreement for the median landscape project and the project will probably get under way late July or early August. Also, the state has finalized their design for the Rufe Snow/Baker Blvd., intersection. Mr. Quin also reported on the progress of Airline Drive. Mayor Kelley recognized Mr. Quin for his participation in the City's acquisition of the Airline Drive properties. 7. ADJOURNMENT There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m. Martha Strain, Chairperson /jc