August 16, 2017



                Board members in attendance: TJ Kaikobad, John Davis, Jane Marie Wilson, Meagen Shepard, Juan Lama, Tyree Goodlett, and staff, George Woodward and Kristi Watson. Guests attending, Krista Long, Dana Silvers, David Aft, Tony Helton, Rob Bradham, Jamie Johnson, Tate O’Gwin

Call to Order:

                Mr. Kaikobad called the meeting to order.

Guest Comments:

                Mr. Aft gave an update on Burr Park development.


                Motion to approve minutes as distributed by Mr. Davis, second by Ms. Shepard and motion passed.



Chairman’s Report:

                Work Session Feedback: Heard from Personnel Committee; Suspend search for Executive Director. More information to be gathered and continue the search at a later time. Interim Director, George Woodward, has agreed to stay on in the meantime. Motion made by Ms. Shepard and second by Ms. Wilson, motion passed.

                2018 Budget Preparation: Discussed the reviewing of Millage Rate. Most feedback is positive. Questions as to where the money is going and what it is being used for. Action was tabled.

New Business:

                Revolving Loan Resolution: Mr. Woodward discussed the DCA Revolving loan policy and that a resolution by DDDA was required to complete paperwork for DCA Brown Dog Properties, LLC project. Motion to approve was made by Mr. Davis, second by Ms. Wilson, motion passed.

                Downtown Workshop: Mr. Woodward discussed plans for the Downtown Workshop taking place in October.

                Beer Fest Update: Advised of bands, sponsors, location of event, vendors, and sponsors. Also discussed the budget for advertising of Beer Fest. An advertising proposal for Chattanooga TV was made. Motion to approve was made by Ms. Wilson and second by Mr. Davis, motion passed.

Old Business:

                Façade Grants: Funding was increased by Finance Committee by $11,000.

                Power Washing/Striping on Depot: Public Works will add the power washing of downtown within the budget for 2018.

Staff Reports:

                Chamber: Community Assessment & formation of Downtown Council.

                Announcements/Upcoming Events: Friendship House Music Festival.

                Mr. Kaikobad asked for an Executive Session to discuss personnel. Mr. Davis made motion to go into Executive Session, Ms. Wilson seconded, motion passed. A motion to go out of Executive Session was made by Mr. Davis, second by Ms. Shepard, motion passed.


                Motion to adjourn Board Meeting by Mr. Davis, second by Ms. Wilson meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted,


George Woodward