|Boone Chamber Asks Town to Reconsider Support of DBDA|
|Written by Steve Frank|
|Wednesday, 16 June 2010 10:42|
In an open letter to the Boone Town Council, the Boone Chamber of Commerce is asking for the council to reconsider its action in regards to the Downtown Boone Development Association.
The Council recently voted to end its contract with the DBDA as of the end of June, putting its mission in jeopardy. The letter is signed by the Chairman, Chair-elect, and Vice-chair of Governmental affairs. The letter states:
One of the stated missions of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce is “to serve as the voice of the business community in matters of public policy.” And further, “to ensure that government bodies, whose decisions affect the conduct and profitability of business, serve the High Country’s business community’s best interest.”
To that end, we wish to speak on behalf of the Downtown Boone Development Association and the use of funds collected through the Municipal Service District. The MSD was created at the request of downtown business owners – a self-imposed tax – for the specific purpose of advancing business primarily through promotion of events/publicity/advertising and design initiatives to promote aesthetic enhancement of downtown Boone. It is vital to the downtown that we continue full participation in the North Carolina Main Street Program which has been the basis of the DBDA’s activities.
The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce asks the Boone Town Council to continue its support of the DBDA and provide funding for the DBDA through the MSD tax to fulfill its original intent - to promote and enhance our downtown businesses.
As a business located in the MSD and having had representation on the DBDA Board of Directors, the Chamber wishes to see the DBDA continue as a separate, non-governmental entity directly representing, and speaking on behalf of, the downtown businesses.
The Chamber currently is comprised of over 850 businesses that create jobs, pay taxes and donate goods and services to enhance the region’s quality of life. We want what is best for all our businesses, their employees and the thousands of consumers that keep our economy moving forward. We ask that the Chamber be a partner in discussions which impact the future growth and sustainability of our business community.
George Brudzinski Jeff Parlier Omer Tomlinson
Chairman Chair-Elect VC of Government Affairs
The Town action comes at a time when the Boone Tourism Development Agency is revamping its mission and moving out of the Boone Chamber, ending their long joint mission. The Boone TDA is locating with the Watauga TDA after June 30th, but their boards will continue to maintain separate identities.
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