NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP MEETING February 9, 2011 232 E. Wapato Street Chelan Fire Station 8:45-10:15 AM Gail Howe called the meeting to order at 8:48 a.m. MEMBERS PRESENT George Buckner, City of East Wenatchee Russell Clark, City of Rock Island Chris Branch, City of Oroville Gail Howe, City of Pateros Craig Larsen, Port of Chelan County Jim Reinbold, City of Chelan Allison Williams, City of Wenatchee Dave Acheson, Town of Winthrop Steve Jenkins, Douglas County Kurt Danison, Highland Associates Bill Haven, City of Entiat Mark Spurgeon, Port of Douglas County Michele Gedrose, Wenatchee Valley College STAFF and GUESTS PRESENT Jennifer Korfiatis, NCW EDD Samantha Bartling, USDA/NRCS/NCW RC&D Dayla Culp, NCW RC&D/EDD Carol Cowling, South Douglas Conservation District Cathrine Martin, Rail America Keith Collier, Cascade & Columbia River Railroad John Sirois, Colville Tribal Energy Arnie Marchand, Carbon Cycle Crush NCW EDD Meeting Minutes Approval Minutes Chris Branch moved to approve the January 12, 2011 meeting minutes and the February 2, 2011 Project Selection Committee meeting minutes, Jim Reinbold seconded, and the motion was carried. Administrator’s Report DNR/Biomass: Several Committee meetings were held to finalize the Chelan County Biomass Collaborative agreement that was signed last week at the last meeting. The agreement is not a commitment of time or money for any of the partners. The state supply study has started and there will be an update as early as late March. An online link will be circulated and posted on the EDD website. EVI: EDD was asked to conduct a regional art contest for signage for private businesses having a charging station. There will be a small cash award for the winner of the contest. The timing of the contest is moving slower due to working with DOT who is also working on signage. This will allow some continuity in the design. CEDS: It is time to start the annual CEDS update. The CEDS is a requirement for funding from the EDA. The first committee meeting is Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm via teleconference. If anyone is interested in serving on this committee they are encouraged to call Jennifer. Entrepreneurship/Innovation Project: The contact for this project is now back in Washington DC. More information should be available soon. Via 97: A committee meeting was held on Friday, February 4, 2011. Discussions were had regarding a conference being held in Canada in June of 2011. The agenda at this time is still in draft form. Questions raised were who is the target audience and theme of the conference. Information will be provided as it becomes available. GWATA Event: GWATA is hosting an event Tuesday, February 15, 2011 called ‘Facebook 101 for businesses.’ The EDD was asked to partner with GWATA by hosting the event as a webinar. The “live” event is sold out and there is a great deal of interest from businesses. The cost to host the webinar would be $200 and would include listing the EDD as a partner for the event on future flyers, website and other advertisements for the event. Russell Clark moved to approve partnering with paying $200 to host the webinar in partnership with GWATA, Dave Acheson seconded and the motion was approved. Proposed Membership Colville Tribal Energy was proposed as a member of the EDD. Per our bylaws, the vote will be taken at the March meeting. Approval of New Membership Chris Branch moved to approve the membership of Carbon Cycle Crush in the EDD, Steve Jenkins seconded and the motion was approved. General Liability Insurance Renewal Chris Branch moved to approve renewing the EDD General Liability insurance at the cost of $500, Russell Clark seconded and the motion was approved. Project Selection Rankings EDD received seven letters of interest, five of that seven were invited to apply to the EDD for priority project status; all five submitted applications. The committee ranked the projects and discussed the services that each project requested. Steve Jenkins moved to approve the ranking recommendations of the Project Selection Committee, Russell Clark moved to approve and the motion was approved with one abstaining. Treasurer’s Report Russell Clark moved to approve the January and February treasurer’s reports, George Buckner seconded and the motion was approved. GWATA Sponsorship GWATA requested sponsorship of their Innovator’s Award Luncheon being held on March 29, 2011. Russell Clark moved to approve a $500 sponsorship for the Innovator’s Award Luncheon, Chris Branch seconded and the motion was approved. Member Presentation Keith Collier and Cathrine Martin from Rail America and Cascade and Columbia River Railroad were here to discuss the benefit of the short rail on local economy. New Business/Public Comment Craig Larsen shared the 2011 Visitors Guide distributed by the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. Adjourn The meeting was adjourned at 9:54 a.m.
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