Meeting Minutes: April 28, 2014

Bryan called the meeting to order. Quorum is met with Tom Rogers, Jeff Long, Bryan Sutton, Nancy Leighner, Greg Puthoff and Tammy Cheek. Several general members were present with Betsey Gamble as our guest speaker. Bryan read the March meeting minutes, motion to approve Nancy, Greg 2nd, all approved. Betsey Gamble Presentation – 3 Year Anniversary This Week, Social Media, New Customers From Elida, Shipping Hundreds Of Orders Per Week, Updating Front Of Building And Roof This Year. Suggested Billboard By Motor Inn, T102 Is Effective. Asked about trash can advertising, (We have at the park), or something to notice the businesses in Rockford. Get Rockford prepared for people to notice. Jeff – next meeting will have the economic development and “Lean Ohio”. Get the downtown businesses the info to attend the next meeting. The town has option of business banners but it did not go over as expected. The chamber bought banners but could be larger. Bryan – let all the business know about getting the businesses together. Jeff – Rockford had the opportunity to revitalize building fronts but no one took it. Rockford will try the revitalizing again. 50% match. Advertising at the park would be good with current outside traffic at the park. Entrepreneur training was suggested. Twyla – The chamber is a good way to unite the businesses. Younger business owners now would possibly like to make improvements. Van Wert and Celina have the same issues with getting businesses together. Years ago, a farmer’s market was started but didn’t last. One spark – people would set up tents in Jacksonville and sell ideas or causes, business cards, musicians, accomplish their dream, to encourage entrepreneurs. A crowd funded festival but large amounts of money were available. Also an incubator business for new businesses to get started. Classes to write a business plan, finance a business and more. Farmer’s market – Bryan get a plan of action. Betsey have each business invite 2 people to set up tables in front of the business. Tom…need parking if in town. Get the word out for vendors to come. Tom – utilize the old pharmacy building. Jeff asking VW county hospital to lease the building to bring a pharmacy back in. Bryan-no treasurer report, 4 new memberships for this month. Bill for website to Dr. Sell. Nancy Corps of engineers are working on the Blanchard River. Nancy approached the government...
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Meeting Minutes: February 24, 2014

Bryan Sutton called the meeting to order. A quorum was met, board members Dr Sell, Tom Rogers, Bryan Sutton, Greg Puthoff, Jeff Long, and Tammy Cheek were present. Several general members were present. Guests Mike Bruns and Steve Schaff. Minutes from previous meeting were approved as read, Sue Barna motioned, Greg Puthoff 2nd. Treasurer report is $5410.52 Checks were written to the village for the land purchase, Vanity Kept, Healing Hands, Picket Fence and Dollar General. Membership report-9 members for 2014 as of Feb 15. Jeff Long updated on the River Project. Swift Grant, Ohio EPA, forwarded to Jared Ebbing-training at Bowling Green, we need stream restoration OD&R grant for the launch and pick up sites. Possible Launch site at Mendon Campground and run to Memorial Park at Rockford. The village will market and send letters of support but need an organization to back the project (RADC?) 0D&R grants apps due 5/1/2014, will include delivery, restrooms, parking, etc. We need to approach Bill Smith, campground owner plus Mendon and Rockford villages, and Mercer County all need to be involved. Campground is annexed. We need to assure river maintenance by county. Pete and Twyla presented a full pamphlet for the grant application and guidelines. Doc mentioned other attractions stemming from this-birdwatching, eagles, woodpeckers. Request Motion for RADC to back the river project development (Launch and cleaning river) Bill Miller-Motioned, Barb Pedroza 2nd, all in favor. Mike Bruns gave a business presentation Twyla mentioned Barry’s has added rotisserie chicken and soups to boost business. Jeff- suggested entrepreneur classes for young people in the area. John Dooley is a new council member and has plans to bring attractions. Dr. Sell- Picket Fence is doing well since moving to Main Street. Tom- mentioned support for Steve Sheets as the new owner for the Tastee Twirl. Send $50 for ads. March 30th- Cabin Fever Quarter Auction Refreshments for March 24 meeting, Steve and Bryan. Tammy...
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Meeting Minutes: March 28, 2011

The following are some of the items that were discussed at the RADC meeting March 28, 2011. There will be meetings on April 25th and May 23rd. There will be no regularly scheduled meetings in June, July and August. Special meetings may called if needed. The membership drive for 2011 will be April 1st to April 30th. The membership drive for 2012 will be in October 2011. A copy of the membership form is available.If you wish to become a member for 2011, please complete and return to the address on the form. Committees were also discussed. The committees for the coming year are: Business Attraction and Retention Finance, Marketing and Public Relations Infrastructure and Community Development By-Laws, Governance and Membership. If you would like to volunteer to serve on any of the committees, please let me know. Submitted by Bob Maurer, Secretary/...
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