MSAA Meeting, Thursday, February 3, 2011 at Om of Medicine 121 S. Main Street (second floor above Vinology)

Thursday, February 3
OM of Medicine, 121 S. Main Street, second floor (above Vinology)

Ann Arbor Transportation AuthorityMoving You Forward a community wide master transit plan

Festifools – Mark Tucker presenting Festifools 2011

Annual Meeting Board Election – New MSAA Board of Directors slate to be presented to the membership for vote.


Those present: Nancy Shore, Get Down Town; Sabra Briere, City Council; Tom Murray and Caroline King, Conor O’Neills; Chris DeRuyver, Affinity Wealth Solutions; Tony Lupo, Salon Vox; Jim Hart, Seyfried Jewelers; Rob Boonin, Butzel Long; Mark Passerini, OM of Medicine; Julie Minerd, Salon XL; Angela Pierro, Zero Gravity Designs; Rhonda Foxworth, Bank of Ann Arbor; Ron, MISBTDC; Kyle, Whole Brain Group; Sue Burke, Chop House;

President of MSAA, Tom Murray
Greetings and introductions

AATA, Michael Benham: Ann Arbors Transportation Future
Michael discussed Moving You Forward, the 30 year Master Transit Plan options for Washtenaw County
Possible Transportation Plans:
*Lifeline Plus Scenario
-Improves lifeline services where they exist today
-Provides essential door-to-door connections for seniors and people with disabilities across the County
-Ensures that our most vulnerable populations can remain independent with access to fresh food, employment and educations opportunities, health care and recreational facilities

*Accessible County Scenario
-Builds on the Lifeline Plus Scenario to provide a basic level of transit service for all County residents
-Establishes transit as an integral part of the County transportation system, making the County a more attractive place for employers to locate and employees to live

*Smarter Growth Scenario
-Adds to the Accessible County Scenario, with investment in high capacity systems and regional rail to guide land use development on high capacity transit corridors
-Stimulates job creation and economic growth
-Focuses development in areas that best accommodate growth
-Preserves green space
-Stems growing traffic congestion

If you are interested in learning more or would like to give your input on which plan to choose please to their website:

President of the MSAA, Tom Murray: MSAA Board of Directors 2011
Tom presented the slate for the 2011 Board of Directors nominations (4 openings);
-Ronald Stevens from the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center
-Tony Lupo from Salon Vox
-Carl Ent, Bank of Ann Arbor
-Rob Boonin, Butzel Long

Slate was approved by the membership. Welcome to Ron, Tony, Carl, and Rob. If you are interested next year in being a board member please let Maura know.

FestiFools, Mark Tucker
FestiFools will be April 3rd at 4pm
The fifth annual parade, featuring enormous hand-made puppets, will take place on Main Street between William and Liberty. This event is growing more in popularity every year. If you would like your business to take advantage of all the people it draws downtown please think of ways to participate. Have special deals, decorate your window with puppets… If you have any questions or thoughts please contact Mark at

Salon Vox, Tony Lupo
Salon Vox will be partnering with Vie Health and Fitness for a Neutral Zone Fundraiser on Sunday, March 6th. To raise money they will jointly be offering a Day of Beauty. For $50 a ticket.

Chop House, Sue Burke
Chop House is getting a facelift from Feb. 6 – 11th. To celebrate their renovations they will be having a VIP Party on Sunday, Feb. 11th. If you are interested in attending please contact Sue.

Salon XL, Julia
Feb. 13th from 3-5pm Habana will be hosting a fashion show benefit for Safehouse. Salon XL will be doing the models hair and clothes will be featured from area boutiques. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Salon XL.

Conor O’Neills, Caroline King
March 13th will be the Shamrocks and Shananigans fundraiser for Motts Childrens Hospital. If you are interested in running or learning more about the event go to website:

Whole Brain Group, Kyle
Feb. 9th at 2pm the whole brain group, a member of MSAA, is offering a social media workshop focusing specifically on the needs of restaurants. Check out the link below for further information.

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