Economic Development Advisory Committee – June 2, 2020

Meeting Agenda

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The CARES Act is mentioned frequently during this meeting. To find out more about the CARES Act, please go to:

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Open the meeting

0:00:41 |

Discussion – Is there a role that EDAC can play to assist businesses as they emerge from the COVD-19 restrictions

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Restating Tasks

0:02:01 |

Adding questions to the citizen questionaire

0:02:13 |

Consider how to get jobs into Matthews

0:03:16 |

Creating a small area plan from a business perspective
Discussion about convention centers and business oriented hotels

0:07:46 |

Continued discussion on the role of EDAC

0:09:57 |

Comments about the effectiveness of Chamber of Commerce webinars

0:11:20 |

How to let business people know about webinar schedule

0:12:45 |

Is the town staff hearing from businesses with concerns that EDAC can address
Additional discussion on if it is productive to approach developers directly

0:17:12 |

Discussion on CARES Act funding availability and potential uses

0:19:01 |

Discussion on paying people their wages with unique currency (i.e. 2 dollar bills, silver dollars, etc.) so that these currencies would show up in the local economy to show how residents support local businesses

0:22:17 |

What role can Red Brick Partnership play

0:23:00 |

Possibly holding a “Back to Business” celebration event

0:25:36 |

Discussion about the possibility of using gift cards to be used at local businesses

0:30:40 |

Can local business group together and purchase virus protection supplies to lower costs and have them branded.

0:36:01 |

Additional conversation about CARES Act funding uses and availability

0:51:35 |

What is the status of the building next to the post office

0:53:25 |

How to apply for a grant to implement the programs discussed

0:58:00 |

Questions about the “Matthews Love” campaign and how that method may be used to implement EDAC ideas for shop local campaigns

1:01:55 |

Questioning if Beach Fest will still be produced this year in October

1:05:48 |

Discussion about when businesses will be fully open and how that will affect plans to promote local businesses

1:07:25 |

Questions about what entities can use CARES Act monies

1:08:36 |

Questions about Matthews budget for EDAC for next fiscal year

1:10:45 |

Comments that EDAC should make preparations for fully opening businesses even if that date is unknown

1:13:22 |

Discussing when to hold the next meeting

1:18:50 |

Motion to adjourn