Business program proceeding after EDC meeting cancellation

The Crestwood Economic Development Commission meeting scheduled June 16 was canceled because of lack of a quorum.

EDC Chairman Forrest Miller was the only commissioner present, along with aldermanic representative Jeff Schlink, Ward 2, and City Administrator Jim Eckrich.

The EDC, formed in 2004, is required by ordinance to hold regular meetings “at a minimum on a quarterly basis.” The commission’s last regular meeting was Aug. 19, 2008. All subsequent regular meetings have been canceled.

Eckrich said no further EDC meetings currently are scheduled.

Items on the agenda for the June 16 meeting, listed under new business, were a discussion of the Re-Discover Crestwood Program and of the “scope of the EDC.”

“Re-Discover Crestwood” is a business program modeled after an idea presented by Ward 1 Alderman Darryl Wallach at a recent board meeting, according to a recent administration office memo. It is designed to “send a message to area shoppers that most of their shopping needs can be met in the city of Crestwood; and demonstrate to businesses that the city of Crestwood cares about their business and is making an effort to help them in these tough economic times,” according to the memo.

Crestwood businesses can participate in two ways. They can request for the city to include their name on its Web site, or join a discount program. Under the latter option, businesses would decide on a special discount to offer as part of the program.

The city then would provide shoppers with a “savings pass,” available in its newsletters and on its Web site, to present to participating businesses to receive their discounts. Businesses wouldn’t pay out-of-pocket costs to participate in the discount program; however, the city would ask them to display a “Re-Discover Crestwood” decal in their store.

Although the EDC didn’t discuss the program in an official capacity, both Miller and the Crestwood-Sunset Hills Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Commission approve of it, according to the memo.

The matter will go before the Board of Aldermen at a future meeting.