The BGALA October meeting was hosted by Hyatt Place on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.
Treasurer report from Alisha Dalrymple: BGALA current account balance is $15,700. GoDaddy domain renewal was $10. The October board meeting lunch at Olive Garden was $110.
CVB: Beth Noffsinger reported. The CVB is working with state and local officials on the Beech Bend traffic issues during the large car events. There was an article in the BG Daily News about it last week. Funds are currently being pursued for phase one of widening Garvin Lane to the Beech Bend entrance. The CVB is also meeting with local law enforcement prior to events to redirect traffic. The “Welcome to BG” pull up banners that the CVB was planning to distribute to hotels this year have been put on hold until spring. The project got delayed this year, but they will be ready to go before the first 2020 major car event. The CVB is working with Warren County Parks & Rec as Amy works with them to recruit new sport opportunities and returning events. Janet attended Destination Southeast with Jessica Warren from Holiday Inn Plaza last week, and is at Cruisin’ the Coast in Mississippi this week. Janet has been acquiring more leads from these events and will be distributing them in another USB drive soon. Please remember to send any of your special event discounts to Beth so she can list them on the CVB’s event calendar.
Sloan Convention Center: Zach Phelps reported. There aren’t many public events coming up at Sloan soon—the next large event will be Med Center’s Charity Ball in mid-November. Sloan and Holiday Inn Plaza staff continue to work on new business and work with other hotels for overflow.
Lost River Cave: Scarecrow Trail is happening right now. There are about 65 crows on the lot to see, special thanks to Hilton Garden, the RailPark and NCM MSP for building scarecrows this year. It’s free to walk. This weekend is the last zipline weekend of the season–the line will be closing until spring. Camping at the Cave is coming up in a few weeks with 200 families camping out in the park. Reindeer Encounter tickets will be available in November.
Historic RailPark & Train Museum: Jamie Johnson reported. Unseen BG tour tickets are available online. The Pauline Tabor 21+ Tour is sold out and will return next summer. The Haunted Lantern Tours are this month and BGALA is a sponsor. Dharmi has tickets if anyone is interested. About 500 people will go through the tour by the end of the month. October 26 is the Junktion Marketplace, a craft vendor event. Polar Express registration for RailPark members and event sponsors is open November 1-4, and 4,000 tickets are available for the event. November 9 is the Winter Wine Festival and the RailPark has partnered with the Kentucky Winery Association to host the event a couple times a year. Tickets are online for $20 or $25 at the door. New this event is a chance for private pairings with wine and cheese–there are 150 spots available for an extra $10/ticket, plus an extra sip n paint experience for 12 people.
National Corvette Museum: Debbie Eaton reported. There’s a new exhibit on earthquakes called “When the Earth Shakes.” The annual Vets ‘n Vettes event returns November 7-10 and free admission is offered to military and veterans.
NCM Motorsports Park: No report.
Beech Bend Park: No report.
Maureen Carpenter and Meredith Rozanski from the Chamber of Commerce stopped by to talk about the SCK Launch experience coming November 22. This interactive job fair for middle school students touches 11 counties and brings over 3,600 students through a fair with hands-on experiences and exhibits. There’s no cost to participate. Jamie Nunnelee volunteered to coordinate a BGALA hospitality booth and Laura Schuette offered to participate. October 14 is the deadline to participate and the Chamber will be holding an informational meeting that day from 11:30am-1pm. Please contact Jamie if you’re interested in participating.
Dharmi will be sending out RFPs for any members with meeting space interested in hosting the BGALA Holiday Party.
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It’s election time. Three at-large positions on the BGALA board will be opening up for 2020 as Zoe Price, John Anderson and Angela Turner’s terms will be complete. The call for nominations was made. John Anderson was nominated for re-election. No other general managers or owners were present at the meeting who aren’t already on the BGALA board, so Dharmi is going to send an email asking for nominations for the remaining positions. Voting will be at the November meeting.
Michael Nunn shared details about what’s coming up at the November meeting. A guest from the southern Kentucky foster care program will be visiting. The foster children rarely have suitcases or backpacks to carry their belongings. The Hampton is going to start donating the unclaimed luggage in its lost and found to the foster care children and Michael suggested other hotels do the same.
The next meeting will be held Tuesday, November 12, at Drury Inn.