Members Mike Nicolas, Susan Stoll, Lexxi Haddock, Cindy Mason, and Duane Roderick attended. Rod Bannon, Valerie Maus, Rob Harrison, Paula Clark, and Emily Harrison were also in attendance.
Rod Bannon spoke on the possibilities of Attica while referencing the included Attica Economic Development Strategy handout, put together by brainstorming off of Attica’s Comprehensive Plan. He is currently working in Fishers and it correlates well to the current climate in Attica. The three main categories of the strategy are new business, new residents, and tourism. In small town America the idea is to think of the whole town as a resort; take what you already have and resell it with real stories about real people and real buildings on a much more engaging website. As a possible future big idea, he also touched on The Region on the Wabash, working together with Covington and Williamsport toward a common goal of attracting tourism to our communities as that is the fastest and easiest way to raise revenue.
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Lexxi Haddock and Cindy Mason gave one final push about the Rock into Fall Festival taking place downtown on Saturday, October 6th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Those present watched and provided feedback on the second version of Attica’s video project. The general consensus was positive, but that more editing was needed. The ending with the fireworks scene was well received, consideration should be given to opening the video with the view of coming into Attica over the bridge from Warren County, and that the music should be more upbeat.
Cindy Mason reminded the group about the final Twilight Music Series event of the year. The band The Leadsman will play 60’s music on Sunday, October 21st from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cindy Mason encouraged the group to continue thinking about an official job description for the Economic Development position, especially keeping in mind all that we heard from Rod Bannon.
An ordinance was passed on the downtown angled parking and will be voted on at the Attica City Council meeting taking place on Monday, October 8th.
There was more discussion on what we would want stated in the ordinance for new buildings built downtown. Things to consider: compatible with existing structures, fitting with general architectural theme, number of stories, number of windows, bottom level of building commercial/retail, establishing an architectural review board.
Rob Harrison updated us on the Teacher Retention Program, its focus being to recognize dedicated Attica educators at five-year increments by providing plaques, pullovers, and such other items.
Paula Clark is working with Shelly Hurt on taking over the Christmas in Attica event and inquired about the event being falling the Main Street or City of Attica umbrella. The consensus was that it did.
The next meeting will take place on Thursday, October 18th at 7 p.m.