Board of Commissioners Special Meeting – March 9, 2020

Meeting Agenda

0:00 |

Introducing meeting members

01:30 |

Defining Purpose of Meeting

03:10 |

Review of EDAC Purpose:
The Economic Development Advisory Committee proactively promotes a healthier business climate that enhances Greater Matthews by advising town officials, advocating for current businesses and attracting new entrepreneurial ventures

03:38 |

EDAC 2020 Focus:

0:00:00 |

Identify and develop a plan to analyze Matthews’ potential to attract a full-service hotel and, if so, would also market to desired full-service hotel brands. Pitch this plan to Town Board for support and funding.

03:55 |

Identify and develop a plan to analyze Matthews’ current business climate (how “Open for Business” are we?) and make a proposal to Town Board for support and funding.

0:00:00 |

Study if/why Matthews may need a FT Econ. Dev. Director and develop a list of expectations for this position/department. Also investigate the potential for a regional FT ED Director that aligns with the Quad- participating communities (Matthews, Mint Hill, Stallings)

05:26 |

Discussion in seeking clarity for #2
• Our initial approach to the question
• Which led to the following questions:

05:29 |

1st Question: Is this a current focus for the town?

05:50 |

2nd Question: If so, what is the intended scope?
a. Commercial Real Estate and Developers?
b. Existing Business Owners?
i. Retail
ii. B2B
iii. Technology
iv. Manufacturing
v. Home-office / Solopreneurs
c. Attraction vs Retention

07:42 |

Open Discussion

1:18:01 |