City Council (View All)
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL
February 21, 2012
1175 E. Main Street
Councilors Voisin, Morris, Lemhouse, Slattery, Silbiger, and Chapman were present.
- What questions and suggestions does City Council have regarding the new policy and scoring approach for the City’s annual economic, cultural, and sustainability grant program?
Interim City Administrator/Finance Director Lee Tuneberg noted staff would incorporate the $5,000 minimum into the new policy.
Council directed staff to re-add Tourism to the Resolution and discussed having four grant categories, Economic Development, Cultural, Sustainability, and Tourism with three to four criteria for each category. Other suggestions included adding a non-traditional event to Tourism, moving the criteria Encouragement of a “buy local first” paradigm from Sustainability to Economic Development in place of Increasing total employment, and having a 0-4 point system. Possible criteria for each category included:
Economic Development Grants
- Likely to increase total employment
- Likely to increase employment and number of enterprises in the target industries
- Likely to assist existing businesses to remain or expand
- Likely to result in jobs above the median income
- Remove: Increase in number of jobs in the local cultural arts sector
- Retain: Increase in number, type, or availability of cultural events
- Retain: Important to provide long-term access for residents to a particular cultural institution or to the visual and performing arts
- Retain: Significant collaboration with existing cultural program or leverage of existing program
- Retain: Significant increase in access to people who might not otherwise have access, e.g., low income, children, minority groups
- Add: Creating or supporting a new non-traditional tourism event
- Retain: Increase in hotel/motel occupancy or increase in local restaurant and retail business sales
- Retain: Increase in total number of tourism, hotel, restaurant, or retail jobs
- Retain: Increased occupancy or restaurant/retail business will occur in October through April
- Educational programs that focus on sustainability efforts in the community
- Likelihood that the proposed activity will reduce consumption of a critical resource by citizens or businesses in the community
- Reduction of Environmental Collateral Damage
- Likelihood that the proposed activity will be “transferable” to another situation, resource, or community
Meeting adjourned at 6:28 p.m.
Barbara Christensen, City Recorder