September 25, 2012
Board members in attendance: Donnie Rodgers, Lorry Myers, Jim Blankinship, Catherine Simmons, Jeff Grimes. Absent: Barry Stevens. Jason Shackelford.
Welcome: Donnie Rodgers, sitting in for Barry Stevens, called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Program: Board member Catherine Simmons, also a City Alderman, gave a report about a Missouri Municipal League conference called “For the love of the city”. She reported that there are four main questions that communities need to ask when considering a development project: Are we ready for this? Who are these guys? Is the project feasible? Is it really necessary? These questions will be beneficial when meeting with or considering a new project in our community.
Minutes: Motion made by Simmons seconded by Grimes to approve the minutes from August 26th, 2012, with one correction. Motion passed unanimous.
Treasurer’s Report: Myers reported account balance as $1658.75.
Networking Committee: Bob Scribner reported that only three businesses participated in the HR Basics program. There are no plans to repeat the seminar.
Purchase with a Purpose Committee: Myers showed the group the new logo that was designed by Richman’s Graphic. A date of November 1st has been set for the kickoff. Invitations with date and time will be sent out by the Chamber to all Chamber members, CREDI members, school administration Library, City and park officials. Four businesses have been chosen to be showcased that evening. Ritchie’s, Angell’s, Forrest Chev., and Kinkead's. They were chosen because of their retail exposure and longevity in Centralia. All members are urged to attend.
Enhanced Enterprise Zone: The Centralia EEZ ordinance is still awaiting county approval.
Web Site Status: Website was discussed and board members discussed the info sheet that was handed out at the last meeting.
Social Media: No update.
501(c)3 update: No update.
New Business: Discussion about asking the City for money similar to what they currently do for the Chamber. Also, reviewing CREDI’s goals and projects for the new year. A tentative meeting date of November 14th was set. This meeting will be for board members only and will be about long term planning and putting together a proposal for City funding.
Public Comment: Centralia Women’s Network Shop Hop is October 10th. Chamber BBQ contest is Oct. 19th – 20th, and the candidate forum for the November election is October 25th.
Adjournment: Motion to adjourn by Simmons, seconded by Myers. Motion passed unanimous. Meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm.