Commercial Development Committee

Southwest Partnership

November 24, 2020

Minutes

Attendees

  1. Laura Dykes, Chair
  2. Jane Buccheri (Hollins)
  3. Troy Wilson (Pigtown)
  4. Nikky Davis (BDC)
  5. Bill Freeman 
  6. Catherine Neely (USA)
  7. David McGill (USA)
  8. Ashley Watson
  9. Jane Mayrer (St. Luke’s – Education committee & Preservation)
  10. Scott Kashnow (Franklin Square) 
  11. Bif Browning (USA)
  12. Curtis Eaddy, SWP
  13. Tony Scott, SWP
  14. Keith Robinson, SWP
  15.  Donnell Nance (Hollins)

Introductions – what should be the Commercial Committee’s priority for this year?

  • Jane, Troy, Scott: Priority should be Baltimore Street
  • Nikky – business attraction
  • Bill Freeman – business attraction
  • David – promoting businesses
  • Ashley – business attraction
  • Jane Mayrer – there is an opportunity for reuse of the St. Luke’s church property for community use 

Approval of October Minutes – approved with edit to add Jane Buccheri in attendance 

Discussion of Committee Goals

    • Board Approved Indicators/Metrics
      • Inventory for entire SWP
      • Commercial Real estate broker list? 
      • Traffic count? Pedestrian count – Madison (cellphone receptors?) – location data? Madison will share.
  • Pipeline: What businesses that are ready to scale into a physical space
        • How exactly do we do that? 
        • connected to “accelerator” programs
          • Baltimore Accelerator Space
          • Impact Hub
          • talk to lenders: BCL 
          • Stephanie Geller (has list of businesses looking for “homes”)
          • The Grid at UMB
          • Made in Baltimore
          • Pop-up program?
          • Baltimore Flea pipeline
        • Branding Southwest for certain types of businesses
          • Live Baltimore may be a good partner in this
          • Making a “popup” kind of area
            • warehouse for social distancing
            • something packageable to people (financing) 
            • what’s the sweet point for SW market?
            • could be the last step, but inventory has to lead somewhere
      • Entrepreneur Conference Idea for consideration
        • small business center
        • this is great for a marketing plan – Nikky
        • home-based business interested in scaling?
        • cross-pollination of businesses at the conference? mentoring program? 
        • Baltimore business lending – Bonnie Crockett
        • Entrepreneurship event → popup space
        • Interested parties: Madison

UrbanMain 

  • Start with the City, but there are resources that SWP can participate in

West Baltimore Street Charrette – Saturday, December 12th from 10-12pm

  • Have a unified brand along the corridor
  • goal: four different charrettes → graphic designer (99 cent designs) draft them → Summer 2020 final brand

Old Business

  • Report from West Baltimore Street Project Manager
  • Facade subcommittee update
  • Hollins Market Updates
  • Pigtown Mainstreet Updates

New Business

  • December Meeting will be skipped.