October 18, 2006
Committee members present: Jene Crook, Arlene Borchers, Ken Yowell, Rose Anne Huck, Bill Orendorf, and Cynthia Crawford.
Guest: Don Borgman, Lexington.
Bill Orendorf called the meeting to order.
Jene Crook moved and it was seconded that the minutes from last meeting be approved.
The group greeted Don Borgman from Lexington. Does economic development and now city administrator. Exploring a vineyard and winery operation. Waverly and Higginsville people are currently collaborating with Lexington. Happy to find this group in Marshall. Working on a critical mass working on tourism. Majority of trips (53%) are planning trips using the internet. There is a “been there, done that” syndrome. Unless a rural town presents itself properly, they see one thing and think they’ve seen and done it all for year. Interested in the Eastern Missouri Cuisine’s project (6 counties going south from St. Louis). Could we develop the “Napa Valley” of Missouri? Agri products from this region are special and unique…wineries, local agri products bed and breakfasts, arts, locally grown produce and locally owned restaurants. Dr. Elizabeth Barham (UMC) is adopting this region for a project after much arm twisting from Lexington area.
Goal – create regional identity east of KC. October 25, University Extension is interested in collaborating with the region on exploring a regional identity. Does this group want to be a part of this? Want to retain community identities PLUS add a regional identity. Geographic area – Arrow Rock to the east, Sibley to the west (eastern Jackson Co), Missouri river on the north, I70 to the south (approx). Looking at ecological similarities. Cultural similarities.
Agri-entrepreneurship is a growing potential.
Don received a set of minutes from the group from June 2006 to the present.
The group expressed that there is no question of the need to collaborate. Meeting – Lexington Public Library (on main street, diagonal from the courthouse) from 3-5 p.m. October 25. Gives the opportunity to learn from one another, as well. Plans to attend Rose Anne Huck, hopefully Stan, Bill Orendorf, Cynthia. Bill will drive Rose Anne and Stan. May want to coordinate transportation with Joe Aull as an opportunity to brief him on this group’s work.
One of the first efforts will be inventorying assets.
Peter Kinder, state tourism director.
The Marshall group reported on:
Copies of Stan’s e-mail were distributed to group members.
Jene brought up that we need to be clear with our 2007 partners about the process of invoice payment.
Ken will check with the city on the above proposed protocol.
Rose Anne checking on the 6 visitor’s centers.
Meet adjourned at 10:30. Thanks to all!
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