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Updates from the September 2022 CBA Leadership Council Meeting

Updates from the September 2022 CBA Leadership Council Meeting

Updates from the September 2022 CBA Leadership Council Meeting

Prepared by Katie Loovis, CBA staff support 

Dear Carrboro Business Alliance (CBA) Members,

As you know, your CBA Leadership Council is a volunteer group of more than a dozen local employers who are committed to a thriving Carrboro.

The CBA Leadership Council convenes monthly to advance the CBA mission, which is to connect members with information, customers, and other enterprises; represent the local business interests with policymakers; and promote CBA members and the Carrboro community.

The following are some highlights from the September 2022 meeting. The CBA Leadership Council:

  1. Welcomed the new executive director of The ArtsCenter, Jenny Shultz-Thomas. They invite you to read Jenny's bio and review the progress on The ArtsCenter's new location.

  2. Requested nominees for the 2023 CBA Leadership Council. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the CBA Leadership Council, then please email your nomination to me (CBA staff support, Katie Loovis). This is a two-year, monthly, volunteer commitment and the committee meets by zoom.

  3. Discussed the vacancies on the Carrboro Tourism Development Authority (CTDA) and expressed concerns. The Carrboro Tourism Development Authority is funded through a hospitality tax and while it is its own legal entity, positions are appointed by the Carrboro Town Council. The CTDA needs volunteers appointed to meet quorum rules and operate. Please contact Jon Hartman-Brown if you would like to serve.

  4. Shared updates on the Fall Festivals, Carrboro Cheer, and other events. Carrboro's annual Fall Festivals are about to begin, including the Music Festival this weekend (10/2/2022), the Poetry Festival (10/14-15/2022), and the Film Festival (11/18-20/2022), and the Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/20) is underway. Also, the CBA Marketing Committee provided an update on our our annual signature event, Carrboro Cheer, which is a #buylocal campaign throughout the holiday season, starting on Small Business Saturday (11/26/2022), continuing through the holiday parade (12/3/2022) and other local festivities, and culminating after the holiday season.

  5. Discussed construction projects and overall infrastructure issues. The CBA Policy tracks policy matters and shared updates including that there is a new voluntary group advocating for downtown beautification, the status of the 203 Project, the Parking Study advocacy plans, and mainstreet resurfacing.

  6. Celebrated the new Chief Race and Equity Officer, Anita Jones-McNair. The town is focused on prioritizing equity and using the GARE model to guide local decisions and actions, which is called the Government Alliance on Race and Equity. Anita briefed the CBA Leadership Council earlier this summer and the CBA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee continues to meet and discuss areas of future focus. opportunity.

  7. Received updates from The Chamber. The Chamber President and CEO shared the following invitations: ArtsCenter Groundbreaking (9/22/2022), Economic Development Forum (9/29/2022), and the Inter-City Visit (10/24-26/2022 with Virtual Information Session on 9/28/2022). Nelson also discussed the new Duke Energy Grant for Downtown Businesses, which will be opened for applications in the coming months.

The CBA Leadership Council invites you to up to date through the following CBA channels: the website, facebook, twitter, instagram, youtube, email distribution, news, blog, and e-newsletter.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me (CBA staff support, Katie Loovis).  

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