Board members in attendance: Lorry Myers, Gabe Martinez, Damon Reynolds,Don Bormann, Emily Curtis
Absent: Matt Smith, Dave Wilkins
Call to Order: Meeting called to order at 6:36p.m. by President Martinez
Welcome/Guest Introduction: President Martinez welcomed board members and guests. He introduced John Best; co-owner of America’s Best Value Inn located in Shelbina, MO. Mr. Best opened the hotel 10 years ago, believing that the small community of Shelbina needed a hotel. The hotel has 20 rooms and rents at 80% capacity. Most of the guests are there for weddings, funerals, reunions, deer hunters or work crews. The hotel sits on a 1½ acres and has room for expansion. Mr. Best and his partner designed and acted as their own general contractors. They currently hire 12 employees. Mr. Best offered his assistance if Centralia were to pursue a hotel.
Minutes: Motion by Bormann to approve minutes from the October 28, 2014 meeting. Seconded by Curtis. Motion approved, unanimous.
Officer Report/President: President Martinez reported that the CREDI website has been updated and the fundraiser information will be added.
Treasurer: Balance in checking account is $9,635.49 Membership dues accepted from Boone County National Bank and Lynn Behrns.
Reports of appointees:
Chamber of Commerce: Bormann reported that the Chamber is trying to boost participation for the Christmas parade by adding the high school band and promoting the Little Red Wagon Float. Participation has been down in the last years while attendance for the Tractor Parade has been increasing. Merchants do not want to be open in the evening for the Tractor Parade.
City of Centralia: No report
Centralia Schools: No report
Reports of Standing Committees: Marketing Chair Curtis showed the board table toppers that were designed to promote Centralia. These will be placed on the plates of riders on the Dinner Train asking them to come back and visit Centralia. The table topper will list retail businesses and restaurants.
Fundraiser: Chair Curtis reported that tables are being sold for the January fundraiser. Speakers have been lined up with Richard Dickerson as the MC. CREDI hopes all aldermen will attend.
New Business: President Martinez reported that he had attended a meeting in regards to bringing a train car to Centralia as a welcome/visitor center or possible office space. Bormann reported the Chamber was not interested. Consensus of the CREDI board was to await further details.
Public Comment: None