Morristown Alliance for Culture and Commerce Board Meeting
Monday, April 17, 2017
Tegu Building Morrisville, Vermont
4:30-5:30 pm

Present: Tricia, Paul, Heather D., Heather S., Nan, Darcie, Tim
Absent: Todd, Billi, Steve

Old Business
Mission Statement: After a short discussion the board agrees on the following revised mission statement: “MACC builds on our historic traditions to drive economic well being and cultural creativity.” The new mission statement will be voted on at the annual meeting in May.
Angled Parking: Thank you to those who attended the last selectboard meeting regarding the angled parking discussion. The selectboard was open to the idea and is looking for more information on safety concerns/visibility around the parking in front of the police station. The issue will be discussed again at the next selectboard meeting on April 24th, 6:30pm at the Tegu building. Action: Please attend the next selectboard meeting to voice continued support.
Strategic Plan: Please read the notes (included in the April agenda) from the strategic planning meeting in March. The board will discuss the list of new and current projects at the May board meeting in order to decide on projects to focus on in the short and long term.
New Business
MACC Intern: Welcome to Emily Hess, Peoples Academy sophomore, who joins MACC as its first intern. She will be putting her writing skills to work in the Around Town updates on the website to help MACC support what is happening in schools and strengthen that relationship. She is also excited to help with the Firefly Festival.
Pleasant Street Place: Tricia and Darcie have been meeting with Jay Caroli of Great Blue Heron Architects and Josh Goldstein of Stonewall Hardscapes to brainstorm ideas and designs on implementing a pocket park, unofficially named “Pleasant Street Place”, extending from the sculpture tree outside Caplan’s through the parking lot to connect with MoCo. Action: Please attend the select board meeting on April 24th, 6:30pm at the Tegu building to introduce this idea to the board and to voice support for creating more green space in the village.
Helping New Businesses: There was a brief discussion around MACC’s role in supporting new businesses in town. Ideas brainstormed include: welcome packets with information about MACC, help in advertising for staff or in people looking to be hired, holding MACC meetings at a new business’s establishment, free architectural design sponsored by MACC, feature in the website’s Kith and Kin column, Action: Continue this discussion.
Membership: Membership letters are ready. Tricia deliver each board member ten letters (with stamps and envelopes included) so each member can write a personalized note before sending out. Tricia and Emily will hand deliver letters to businesses.
Next Meeting: Annual Meeting, May, 15, 4:30pm-5:30pm, upstairs at the Tegu Building.