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April 21, 2008 Minutes
Town of East Windsor
Economic Development Commission
11 Rye Street, P.O. Box 389
Broad Brook, CT 06016
Regular Meeting Minutes
April 21, 2008

Co-Chairman Covill called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. at the Town Hall, 11 Rye Street, Broad Brook, CT.


Members Present:        Richard Covill, Jim Richards, Josh Kapelner and Matt Crossen

Members unable          Michael Maloney 
to attend:

Also in attendance:     Laurie Whitten, Town Planner
                                Dwaine Clarke (Guest)


·       MetroHartford Alliance Meeting (June 5,2008)

Mr. Covill said that the MetroHartford Alliance meeting is planned for June 5th at the Scout Hall.  Ms. Whitten noted that that is the same day that the CT Business Expo will be held at the convention center.  Mr. Richards said that they have to get a program together; they need an agenda for the meeting.  Mr. Covill said he will talk to Eric Moffett to see where he is with the MetroHartford Alliance.  Ms. Whitten passed out copies of an email she received from Mr. Moffett that outlined suggested topics for the meeting.  After a brief discussion, it was agreed that the meeting should start at 6:00 p.m.

·       EDC Website

The Board members discussed how to improve the EDC website.  Ms. Whitten went over what is currently on the website:  agendas and minutes; Discover East Windsor brochure;  reasons to come to East Windsor.  Mr. Richards suggested adding several links, such as:  Zoning Regulations, MLS, the East Windsor Chamber, tourism, the trolley museum, the historical museum, the MetroHartford Alliance.  Mr. Kapelner suggested having a link to the schools, the Baran Institute, also links to lodging and banquet facilities.  Mr. Richards said that once it is set up we can email various businesses and ask them if they want to be included.  As an example, he suggested that restaurants could include their menus.  

·       Economic Development Issues:

Mr. Covill briefly discussed the recent budget meeting.  He said that he was there with Mr. Moffett and Mr. Richards and felt that they made a good impression.  He said in their presentation they mentioned the sewer on Route 140.

Mr. Richards said that he met with Clay Crawford.  They are looking for photos to make a collage for the community guide. He noted that if anyone wants to get in touch with Mr. Crawford, his email is  Mr. Richards said that whatever photos are collected for Mr. Crawford can also be used for our website.  Mr. Kapelner suggested including pictures of horse farms since there are several in town.  Mr. Crossen suggested a theme:  “Nurture nature and business”.

III.    Approval of Minutes:

MOTION: To approve the minutes of March 17, 2008.
                Richards / Covill / Unanimous

MOTION: To change the order of the agenda to have Approval of Minutes at the beginning. Kapelner / Richards

In Favor:       Kapelner; Richards; Crossen
Abstain:        Covill

IV.     Adjournment

MOTION: To adjourn.     Kapelner / Richards / Unanimous

The meeting was adjourned at 8:18 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Marlene Bauer, Recording Secretary