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September 21, 2009 Minutes
Town of East Windsor
Economic Development Commission
11 Rye Street, P.O. Box 389
Broad Brook, CT 06016

Regular Meeting (Discussion / Minutes)
September 21, 2009


Members Present:        Eric Moffett, Jim Richards and Josh Kapelner. Richard Covill arrived at 7:50 p.m.

Members unable          Matt Crossen and Michael Maloney        
to attend:

Also in attendance:     Laurie Whitten, Town Planner

The meeting began at 7:05 p.m. at the Planning & Zoning Office, 11 Rye Street, Broad Brook, CT.
An informal discussion took place with no motions or votes until Mr. Covill arrived.  Once he arrived a quorum was established.  

Mr. Richards informed the EDC members that there would be a workshop on temporary signs on September 22, 2009 with the Planning & Zoning Commission.  He felt that the proposed regulations were a compromise that is good for both sides.  It was noted that 2 new businesses coming to East Windsor are Jake’s Burgers (at the former Starbuck’s site) and possibly a Subway restaurant in Broad Brook.

Economic Development Issues:

At this point in the meeting, Mr. Covill arrived.  The Commission members briefly discussed the budget and ways to use the funds allocated for “promoting East Windsor”.  Mr. Kapelner suggested trying to plan 2 events each year.  Mr. Richards suggested creating a business directory that the businesses could pay for through ads.  Ms. Whitten said they could get a list from the Town Clerk’s office of businesses that have registered their trade names.  The EDC members discussed what type of event they would like to have and when to have it.  After some discussion, they decided on Thursday, January 21st.  Some suggestions as to where to hold the event were LaNotte, Sam Buca’s and the Opera House.  It was agreed that they would invite expanding and new businesses as well as boards and commissions.

MOTION: To have a meet and greet, with the Town honoring our expanding and new businesses, on January 21, 2010.
                                        Kapelner / Covill / Unanimous

Mr. Richards said he would take care of getting plaques for the honorees.   He felt that the business register could be an on-going project.  Mr. Kapelner asked about planning another event.  He felt that they should set up another date for an event.  Ms. Whitten said they should check with the MetroHartford Alliance and suggested inviting John Shemo to an EDC meeting.

MOTION: That we establish a regular function schedule twice a year in the months of January and October.  
                                        Kapelner / Covill / Unanimous  

MOTION: To adjourn.                     Richards / Covill / Unanimous

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Marlene Bauer
Recording Secretary