09-26-13 Meeting Minutes (Dubbed, the Think Tank)
Heather Reichel / Off Color Gallery
Tim Kirk / Meadville Fine Art
Mary Kirk / Meadville Fine Art
Bill Grasinger / Hovis Interiors
Nancy Asmus / Nancy’s Under The Steps
Jennifer Murphy / Tattered Corners
Viki Allin / Creative Crust
reviewed the information we received from the Crawford Count Convention
and Visitors Bureau. We will propose to the members that we join the
CCCVB but not advertise in their directory at this time. It is expensive
and we do not have a clear identity yet.
We will create our own
identity instead of handing it over to the CCCVB and all the services
that we can 'buy' through our members, we will buy from our members.
Services that we ask the CCCVB to provide will be purchased through
them. Brochures that they would put on the interstate etc…
was a great discussion about 'Branding' Meadville. How do you sell it?
How do you bring more businesses into the Downtown?
'Tool City' was a brand. This brand does not bring shoppers into the Downtown.
is Meadville none for? Allegheny College, Zippers, Channel Lock and
Dad's Dog Food. Meadville Medical. None of which bring shoppers into the
Most of the retail in the Downtown is comprised of
Arts & Crafts. There are 8 art galleries, 3 theaters (this includes
Park Ave. Cinema), 3 specialty bakeries, 1 micro brewery and another on
it's way, 3 florists, 3 frame shops, 3 print services of different
types, 3 dance studios, 4 places to work out. And DMBA must market these
businesses as a whole. The Think Tank came up with "Experience The
The spin-offs are endless. "Experience The History",
"Experience The Taste", "Experience Second Saturday", "Experience
This lead to experiencemeadville.com
This leads us to the next topic of discussion. The Dot Com directory site. We threw out all different kinds of names:
Everyone at the meeting chose experiencemeadville.com
Of the members so far, there are a total of 16 yeas 2 nays and about 15 who haven't given an opinion.
last thing that came out of the meeting was the discussion of
subcommittees. These are small groups of people, focused on one topic.
At this time we are forming 3 subcommittees:
The Think Tank
It was a great meeting and everyone really liked using the Council Chambers at the City Building.