|DTCP Meeting Held in December|
|Written by Website Editor|
|Wednesday, 02 January 2013 00:00|
President Jim Valekis and Vice President Sue Rambeau presided over the monthly Downtown Tipp City Partnership (DTCP) Board of Directors meeting
Tuesday morning, December 18, at the Tipp Monroe Community Services Building. Topics discussed included the upcoming downtown utility construction project, an ongoing county-wide branding initiative, and plans for the new year, inclucing the community market and a new incubator initiative.
Terri Bessler reported on progress on the Key Into Tipp program, which will be creating historical information signs for downtown buildings - the first sign is already up in Midwest Memories. Kevin Guigou, Design Chairman, also mentioned the Facade Improvement Program, an ongoing financial assistance program to help downtown business and building owners refurbish the exteriors of their locations.
A new floral design shop opened December 1 next to the bike shop. Greg Enslen, Business Development Chairman, also mentioned the upcoming T.I.P.P. Incubator project, which won a grant from the Duke foundation. An implementation road map for aspects of the project is being developed now, including mapping out a set of new Business Development pages that will be added to the DTCP web site. Greg also mentioned the ongoing Northstar Branding Project, a county-wide effort to gather information from communities and investigate the creation of a brand for Miami County.
Reed Spencer reported that the Operations Committee had completed a very positive review of the Executive Director and was recommending a raise and increased workload for the position, which was voted on and passed. Reed will also be creating a 2013 list of Board training opportunities and start planning for the DTCP Appreciation Dinner. On the fundraising front, Tara Dixon-Engel, Executive Director, recently sent out another mailing to potential fundraisers.
Promotions and Projects
Christmas In The Village went well—over 1,100 people attended, an increase of approximately 30% over last year. The upcoming Community Market is in the planning stages as the Director continues to research and develop materials and approaches for the market. There are plans for a second market planning meeting in January following the holiday rush. The old website will become part of the DTCP web site and updated with information about the new market initiative.
The bulk of the meeting was taken up by discussion of the Downtown Utilities Replacement Project (DURP), which grew significantly in scope and cost over the last month. Due to findings during the initial planning phase, the DURP project is morphing into an expanded utilities replacement and streetscape project. Project planners realized that more portions of the streets and sidewalks would have to be torn up than previously thought to complete the project, so a full streetscape implementation is now in the works, which will greatly impact the entire downtown for most of 2013.
The board discussed what the organization can do to help keep the downtown thriving in the midst of construction, and several ideas were discussed. The Partnership supports the expanded scope of the project and plans to work with the city and local building and business owners to make the project go as smoothly as possible. The DTCP will also look into assisting the city with communications on the project.
Other Downtown News
The Arts Council will be holding a Gala January 19, 2013 – the theme will be Monte Carlo with a silent auction. A representative from TCMS reported that the Visit with Santa event went well and that the Winter’s Gathering photos were handled by Tipp Gazette. The Tipp Chamber reported that their Christmas Gala was held December 5 at the Crystal Room with Christmas trees, silent auction and business/citizen awards. There is a new book out by Historical Society member Susan Furlong on history of Tipp City.
The next Partnership meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 15 at 9:00am in the TMCS building. It is open to the public and members of the community are encouraged to attend.