By Lisa Van De Hey

Publisher/Editor



The annual General Meeting for the Business Improvement District was held at the Recreation Office in Vierra Park last week with just nine in attendance.

With over 200 invitations sent out, this was a shame as it is always a nice time for business owners or managers to learn what the Business Improvement District is up to, learn what is going on within the city and enjoy a potluck dinner together.

By Lisa Van De Hey
Publisher/Editor

The annual General Meeting for the Business Improvement District was held at the Recreation Office in Vierra Park last week with just nine in attendance.
With over 200 invitations sent out, this was a shame as it is always a nice time for business owners or managers to learn what the Business Improvement District is up to, learn what is going on within the city and enjoy a potluck dinner together.
Prospective new board members Mark Miller of River Valley Community Outreach Center and Zack Brooks of Sav Mor Market were not in attendance but elected with permission.
The BID is planning a South Butte County Rural Economic Development Conference to be held at the Recreation office November 17, 2010.
Roger Brooks, President of Destination Development International, will present a look at South Butte County through the eyes of visitors as he explains first impressions, lasting impressions, local attitude, beautification, things to see and do and how the area stacks up against the competition.
Brooks will bring suggestions, tips and tricks that can bring spending to the area.
Board member Eileen Burke-Trent reported that 70 percent of customers able to use a bathroom visiting a town buy something. It is a necessity to offer bathrooms for visitors.
“There is such a thing as ‘guilt-buying,’ when they use a bathroom when traveling through,” she stated.
“Clean bathrooms are a major attraction to get people to stop. ACE Hardware allows visitors at the Farmers Market use their bathrooms. All parks should have bathroom facilities,” Burke-Trent said.
She stated more signage is needed to Gray Lodge along with more promotional materials placed in Starbucks.
Jerry Fichter mentioned that the bulletin board outside AgData at the corner of Kentucky and Hazel, is available for people to use.
Mural and planter projects were discussed leading to the group discussing the need for outdoor dining downtown and possibly using some of the planters to use for tables instead.
A trip to San Francisco is being planned by the group to visit La Cocina, a gourmet kitchen and Whole Foods Market to observe how food products go from development to marketing.
The BID Board is interested in learning how community kitchens can help launch  home-based and entrepreneurial businesses while encouraging farm-based business expansion and diversification.
The BID Uptown Downtown All Around Yard Sale will be held Saturday, October 2, 2010, and like last year, will include Biggs and Live Oak. Biggs will hold their community yard sale at the former Veterans Hall, now their community building and in Live Oak at the Community Center again.
Restoring all theatres was the next topic of discussion and the need to fund restoration.
Teri Fichter spoke on the Healthy Eating program through the After School Program.
A Farmers Market report given by President Bob Forde, stated that the Farmers Market move to the highway was a very smart move.
“The vendors weren’t making money before. They are happy now. The Miracle Ranch Train is there each week and attendance is good,” he said.
Fichter stated the market is averaging between 150 and 200 people each week and the market is doing well financially.