MSAA Annual Membership Meeting: February 4th, 2016

Annual Membership Meeting
Time: 8am
Location: Shinola (downstairs) 301 S. Main

Those present: Tom Murray, Conor O’Neill’s; Francyne Stacey, Hooper Hathaway; Judy Comstock and Andrea Klein, Republic Parking; Eman Tillawi, Gratzi; Rita Jourdan and Emily Whitesall, Cherry Republic; Amy Cameron, ITHAKA/JSTOR; Marcus Schwimmer, Nick Yribar, Liz Sullivan and Curtis Cullivan; Vault of Midnight; Jeff Thomas and Chris Baker, Bennett Optometry; Ed Shaffran, Shaffran Companies; Natalie Zolg, Abracadabra; Carl Ent, Bank of Ann Arbor; Kathy Macdonald, Macdonald Group; Brandon Black, United Way of Washtenaw County; Kelly Rubelman, Peaceable Kingdom; Ron Stevens, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center; Allison Buck and Deb Polich, Arts Alliance; Elmo Morales; Elmo’s Main Street T-Shirts; Nancy Shore, getDowntown

Tom Murray, President of MSAA
Greetings and Introductions

Allison Buck, The Arts Alliance: Power Art! Project, Phase 2
In partnership with the Downtown Development Authority and the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, the Arts Alliance is facilitating the selection and installation of artwork by local artists on power boxes throughout the downtown Ann Arbor area. Washtenaw County Artists can submit their work for selection by a community jury and public vote, and receive compensation if chosen. The art is installed via a vinyl wrap that decreases incidences of vandalism. Artwork has currently been installed on eight power boxes for the pilot phase of the project, and the Arts Alliance has received lots of positive feedback from the community.
The Arts Alliance is currently raising funds for phase 2 of the project. Each power box installation costs $3400, including artist fees, administration costs, and printing and installation. Businesses are asked to consider a $1000 sponsorship, and sponsors will be recognized. For more information visit or to become a sponsor contact Allison Buck,

Kathy Macdonald, Main Street Business Improvement Zone: Spring Update
Flora and fauna make the downtown area look good. Last year the MSBIZ began planting tulips, and this year they plan to plant 50,000 more. Keep an eye out in April for their appearance. The BIZ also plans to bring out large planters in the downtown area this summer.
This Spring, the dead trees on Washington, as well as the dirt around them, will be replaced. Affected areas of Washington Street will by temporarily closed during this project. The Biz will also be watering the new trees until they are strongly rooted. You can help by watering any new trees near your business for the first few years.
The MSBIZ is always open to ideas for ways to improve the downtown area, and your opinion is valued. Visit for more information or to contact.

Ron Stevens, Chair of MSAA Nominations Committee
February is the MSAA Annual meeting in which new or renewing Board of Directors are voted on by the membership. Mr. Stevens presents the following:

MSAA Bylaws state that the term of each Director position begins in February and lasts for three years, no term limits are applicable.

The following four Directors’ terms expire at the end of January 2016:

1. Kevin Gudejko
2. Nancy Shore
3. Pippa Creffield
4. Vacant seat (Mr. Derezinski)

Three of the four Directors with expiring terms elect to renew their term.

The slate being presented for election to the Board of Directors for terms expiring at the end of January 2019 is as follows:

1. Kevin Gudejko (Mainstreet Ventures)
2. Nancy Shore (getDowntown / AAATA)
3. Pippa Creffield (Abracadabra)
4. Nick Yribar – Vault of Midnight

General membership votes, with no oppositions.

March is Youth Art Month – Ann Arbor Public Schools student artwork will be displayed in storefront windows throughout the month of March

Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5K is March 13th, all proceeds benefit Mott Children’s Hospital.

Ladies Night is May 13th, planning is happening now so contact if you would like to get involved.

The glass stairwell at the William & Fourth Parking Structure is now complete, high speed elevator installation is now beginning.

The next MSAA meeting is a Social Meeting, to be held March 3rd, 5:30-7:00pm, at the Vin Bar, 111 W.Liberty

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