MSAA General Membership Meeting, May 3, 2012, Conor O’Neills, 8am

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
May 3, 2012
8am, Conor O’Neill’s

AGENDA:

Kirk Westphal, Westphal Associates, presents his Urban Planning Master’s Thesis Video – Insights Into A Lively Downtown

DTE Energy Rebates – Kelly Weger

Cinetopia – Russ Collins, Michigan Theater

MAIN STREET AREA ASSOCIATION MINUTES
May 3, 2012

Those present: Nancy Shore, getDowntown; Tom Murray and Caroline Kaganov, Conor O’Neill’s; Chris DeRuyver, Affinity Wealth Solutions; Carl Ent, Bank of Ann Arbor; Elmo Morales, Elmo’s; Jim Hart, Seyfried Jewelers; Rhonda Foxworth, Bank of Ann Arbor; The Ravens Club, Jeff Paquin; Amy Farnum, Ann Arbor Art Center; Duston Sanford, Moosejaw; Peter Schork, Ann Arbor State Bank; Tony Derezinski, City Council; Brendan Cavender, Colliers International; Chris Dempsey, Academy of Early Music; Megan Kearney, Underground Printing; Mike and Bobby Busley, Grand Traverse Pie Company; Susan Pollay, DDA; Taylor Hulyk, regroup; Quaila Pant, La Fontaine; Scott Munzel, Scott E. Munzel, P.C.; Randall Surline II, Schakolad Chocolate Factory; Armano Jordan, Salon Vox; Keri Hardy, Cherry Republic

President, Tom Murray: Starts Meeting with Introductions

Kirk Westphal, Insights into a Lively Downtown
Showed his 19 minute Urban Planning Masters Thesis project, a video he filmed in 2006. The goal of the video was to get insight on the success of a lively downtown. To achieve this he went around the downtown Ann Arbor and asked people what they thought the heart of Ann Arbor is and what brings them coming back. The results the majority of the people interviewed considered the Main Street Area, the heart of downtown. Some elements people loved about the Main Street area included, the historical fabric, window displays, sidewalk cafes, coffee shops, shops…
To watch the video click here

Kelly Weever, DTE Energy Efficient Programs for Businesses
DTE is offering 3 types of incentives; 1) prescriptive Incentives, 2) custom Incentives, 3) new construction and major renovation incentives.
For energy saving opportunities and for an assessment of your building call 866.796.0512 or go to website
To get a hold of Kelly with questions email: kweger@franklinenerg.com

Russ Collins, Michigan Theatre; New Cinetopia International Film Festival
This film festival hopes to become a destination event, bringing people from across the Midwest and Canada to Ann Arbor. The festival will focus on the experimental film genre. Films will be played at the Ann Arbor District Library, the Michigan Theater, Angell Hall (UM), and the State Theater. There will be 35 films altogether.
If you are interest in advertising in the Cinetopia Guide, which will be placed in the Observer and the New York Times (in Oakland and Wayne county), reaching a circulation of 85,600 people, contact Russ at the Michigan Theater. Ad prices range from $400 – $3,000.

Announcements:
Midnight Madness is Friday, May 4. There will be live entertainment on the sidewalk between 7-8:30p.m. Businesses please stay open late and create a festive Cinco de Mayo environment. We will be passing out luminaries to be placed outside of all participating businesses.

Taste of Ann Arbor is June 3rd

The Ann Arbor Art Center is holding their annual fundraiser, Paint the Town, May 12. Tickets are still available if you are interested.

Elmo’s Hideway has been remodeled, please stop by Elmo’s T-Shirts to check it out.

Get Downtown’s Commuter Challenge is in full swing, 270 businesses have registered, there is still time to sign up if you are interested.

Schakolad has a new owner, swing by to meet and greet Randy.

The Library Lot should be open for parking by the Art Fair. If you are interested in a tour contact Susan Pollay from the DDA.

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