February 13, 2007 Minutes

BGALA Meeting Minutes for February 13, 2007
at Holiday Inn University Plaza

Jeremy Bratcher called the meeting to order. CJ Johanson, Special Projects Coordinator for the Downtown Redevelopment Authority was our guest speaker. He talked to us about what is ready now and what will be ready in the future. The brown signs are up on Cemetery Road, directing people to downtown. Fountain square is better than ever, with restored arches, statues and fountain. Concert in the park will be held at noon on Wednesdays in June and Friday nights in July and August. Downtown is continuing to see retail and restaurant growth. The RiverWalk is complete, as well as the Historic Rail Park at L & N Depot. The new Chamber building will be done in June. Alley improvements are being made, connecting Fountain Square over to the Chamber and eventually to Circus Square. Circus Square will be a certified Public Greenspace with an interactive fountain, designed for festivals. The skate park will be opening soon and the light signals will be replaced by next year, making downtown more pedestrian friendly. A proposal is still out on the baseball stadium and the SKyPAC project is still in progress. In the works are a White Water Park on Barren River, which will bring in outdoor adventurers in for overnight stays, and Boulevard at the Heights – a retail/mix-use commercial project next to the Greek Village.

Secretary & Treasurer’s report – The January meeting minutes were emailed. The current financial report was given to all those in attendance, showing a balance of $2050.39 after dues.

CVB Report – Ron Joseph with the Buicks, called about the Buick buyout and was very surprised and happy that the BGALA had approved the buyout. Proposed House Bill 393 has the integrity of Room Tax in question. Vicki urged everyone to contact their congressman regarding TIFs and let them know the Tax needs to stay in tourism. Katie announced the Attraction Association Key Packs/Coupons will be printed by April. Amy announced that Katie has finished her new website – bowlinggreensports.com. KHSAA Girls Sweet 16 Tournament will be March 13 – 17 and she has 3 interns helping part-time. They are also working on a “Bounce Back” package to offer parents to come back after Labor Day. Duncan Hines was introduced as the new salesperson for everything except sports.

Lost River report – Lost River had special guest Bill Helmbold, the new Executive Director for the L & N Depot. The Rail Park Museum will be open in early July. The Mammoth Fun Brochure was passed out – the cave region is inviting Bowling Green attractions and hotels for advertising.

National Corvette Museum report – The Pit Crew Exhibit is up and running. Bobbie Jo distributed $1.00 off admission coupons. Rick Hendrick of Hendrick Motorsports will be at the NCM for the C5/C6 Bash. He will have a Meet & Greet at 5:00 Thursday of the Bash. Call Roc at ext. 162 directly if you are interested in meeting Rick Hendrick and aren’t registered for the Bash.

Convention Center report – Report of upcoming events handed out to those in attendance.

Beech Bend report – Beech Bend not in attendance.

Old Business – Meeting schedule has been updated. The 2007 WKU Scholarship Applications were due February 15th. Rho, Katie and Bobbie Jo are on the selection committee. Hospitality Olympics will be April 22 at the Holiday Inn. We need volunteers and better attendance. The vote on meeting attendance passed and is now in effect.

New Business – Nominations for Board of Directors position and President Elect were due February 21 and will be voted on at March’s meeting. Proposed House Bill 393 will be emailed out. See Vicki or Jeremy for additional information.

The next meeting will be at the National Corvette Museum on Tuesday, March 13, 2007. Bobbie Jo & Roc will be our guest speakers.

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