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Economic Development Action Plan Steering Committee Minutes02/11/2011
Economic Development Action Plan Steering Committee Minutes
January 24, 2011, 4pm, all present.

This was the first meeting of the Committee.  Everyone introduced themselves, and they reviewed the charge given to the Committee.  The Town Manager facilitated this meeting, with the decision to appoint a chairman at a later date. The first task to address is choosing consulting firms to recommend that the Selectmen hire for the new marketing and events organizing work.  A list of possible interview questions were developed.  The committee agreed to interview the four respondents to the events RFP on Friday, Jan 28 beginning at 9AM.  The committee will meet briefly at 8:45 to decide which marketing firms to interview on Friday, February 4.




Economic Development Action Plan Steering Committee Minutes
January 28, 2011, 8:45am, all present.

Each Committee member identified their top four chooses of marketing firms to interview.  The top four with the most “votes” were identified and will be asked to come on 2/4 for interviews.  Discussion turned to who should be chairman and/or facilitator of the committee.  There was general agreement that for now the committee can function with a facilitator.  Bob Romeo made a motion which was seconded by Scott Lauganour that Town Manager Greg Federspiel serve as the facilitator of the committee.  The motion passed with all in favor.

The committee met and interviewed four firms interested in the Events Coordinator position (one also proposed marketing services).




Economic Development Action Plan Steering Committee Minutes
February 4, 2011, 9:30am;  Eiran Gazit and Scott Lauganour were unable to attend due to family emergencies.

The committee met and interviewed four firms interested in the Marketing plan for the Town.







Economic Development Action Plan Steering Committee Minutes
February 11, 2011, 8:00am, all present.

There was a general discussion on the various consultants that were interviewed.  A straw vote, listing each persons top two choices, was taken.  Bodden/Hamilton was the clear choice.  The group put together follow-up questions to ask Bodden/Hamilton, and it was agreed to check their references.  MOTION by BS, seconded by ET to recommend hiring Bodden/Hamilton for both the events recruiter and marking job.  5/0 vote.  (Both Scott and Eiran were unavailable at the last meeting so that did not vote, but the two alternate members did.)

ET agreed to make a presentation to the Board of Selectmen at their next meeting.  There was a general discussion on the next steps to be taken.  They want to look at the Town’s other priorities on the action plan.  They also agreed that it is important to get the consultant up and running ASAP.  MOTION by BR, seconded by BT to appoint Scott Laugenour as Chairman and Eiran Gazit as Vice-Chairman.  5/0 vote.

The committee agreed to meet every other Friday, with the next meeting scheduled for February 25.



 
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