Approved Minutes from May 16, 2017 Meeting — original pdf
Visitor Impact Task Force May 16, 2017 3:00pm Hyatt Regency Austin Hill Country Room 208 Barton Springs Austin, TX 78704 MINUTES In Attendance: Gavin Garcia - Music Industry Representative Catlin Whitington - Music Industry Representative Lulu Flores - Arts Community Representative MariBen Ramsey - Arts Community Representative James Russell - Special Events Industry Representative Julie Niehoff - Special Events Industry Representative Tom Noonan - Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau Representative Shelly Schadegg - Hotel Industry Representative Bill Worsham - Public Safety Community Representative Alyson McGee - Preservation Community Representative Dan Keshet - Parks Community Representative Mark Tester - Convention Center Representative Dewitt Peart - Downtown Commission Representative Ashwin Ghatalia - Tourism Workforce Representative Stephen Sternschein - Tourism Workforce Representative Pam Thompson - Environmental Community Representative Absent: Jonathan Mahone - Community Member Representative Skeeter Miller - Restaurant Industry Representative Richard Mendoza - Public Works Department Representative (ex-officio) Staff and Others In Attendance: Larry Schooler, CPIO, Facilitator Carla Steffen, Austin Convention Center Department Felicia Ojeda, Austin Convention Center Department Ghislaine “Qi Dada” Jean, Community Member Representative for Jonathan Mahone Mike Cannatti, Donated Ted Siff Alvan Angelle, Spectrum Theatre Company Fred Schmidt, Austin Sister Cities International Liz Wiley, Austin Sister Cities International John Howard, Dell Scott Joslove, THLA Ted Siff, Parks/ Historic Preservation Coalition Staff and Others In Attendance: (con’t) Scott Blalock, White Lodging Roy Benear, PSAV Nailah I. Sankofa, Tiwantiwa: Abibiman Afrikan Artisans Collective and Runway Underground Zenobia C. Joseph, African American Visitors Center, Dedrick–Hamilton House and Cap Metro Girard Kinney, ALA, Citizen (Local Business) AGENDA 1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER a. Meeting called to order at 3:03pm by Chair James Russell 1. Approval of Minutes from May 9, 2017 Meeting, all voters approved minus the absence of Task Force Members, Jonathan Mahone, Skeeter Miller and Richard Mendoza. 2. OLD BUSINESS a. Chair, James Russell continued the discussion of recommendations to present to City Council. b. Music Industry Recommendation presented by Task Force Members, Gavin Garcia and Catlin Whitington c. Heritage Grant Program Draft provided by Task Force Members, Alyson McGee and Dan Keshet, and Pam Thompson d. Recommendations presented by Task Force Members, Stephen Sternschein and Julie Niehoff e. Global Sustainable Tourism Recommendation presented by Task Force Member, Pam Thompson f. No actions were taken at this time by the Task Force members. 3. CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: 5:30pm a. Alvan Angelle, Spectrum Theatre Company b. Fred Schmidt, Austin Sister Cities International c. Liz Wiley, Austin Sister Cities International d. John Howard, Dell e. Ted Siff, Parks/ Historic Preservation Coalition f. Scott Blalock, White Lodging g. Roy Benear, PSAV h. Nailah I. Sankofa, Tiwantiwa: Abibiman Afrikan Artisans Collective and Runway Underground i. Zenobia C. Joseph, African American Visitors Center, Dedrick–Hamilton House and Cap Metro j. Girard Kinney, ALA, Citizen (Local Business) k. Scott Joslove, THLA 4. OLD BUSINESS – resumed- 6:10pm a. Motion was taken by Task Force Member, Dan Keshet to extend the meeting until 7:30pm; all members voted yes to this motion. b. Discussion on Key Question & Interests for the Task Force Members to consider. i. Should the Convention Center Expand? ii. Round Robin took place to have Task Force members stated their vote. iii. No actions were taken at this time by the Task Force Members. 5. ADJOURNMENT a. Meeting Adjourned at 7:35pm The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 hours) before the meeting date. Please call Larry Schooler at Communication and Public Information Office Department, at 512.974.6004, email@example.com for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711. For more information on the Visitor Impact Task Force, please contact Felicia Ojeda at 512.404.4022, firstname.lastname@example.org.