Economic Development Advisory Committee

Meeting Agenda

Date: February 17th, 2021
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Time:  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Roll Call and Approval of previous minutes.


1.  Mural: - Charlie/Bret  - Update
Coordination with Warner Historical Society/Simonds School and funding status.
2.  Center on Rural Development - Mark/Graham
Small towns devise digital economy ecosystems

3. Website update: Sarah/Charlie

4.  Warner Community Center - Neil/Charlie

Funding Opportunities and process:
A.  Apply to the CDFA (Community Development Finance Authority and the USDA (United States
     Department of Agriculture) in the next round of grant funding approximately one year
     from today, or sooner for specific energy improvements.

B.  First, meet with and then apply to the USDA targeting infrastructure:  
elevators, electrical, plumbing, energy saving, safety improvements etc. and discuss with
     CDFA possible Energy Audit funding. Update Neil

C. Second, meet with and then apply to the CDFA targeting interior design, that is
     "innovative, collaborative and sustainable" and "features economic and community
     development attributes". Update Charlie

Next steps in preparation to apply for funding:
1.  Bauen Corporation - Secure an estimate to install an elevator.  Charlie
2.  Energy Audit - Jonathan Lord
3.  Solar opportunities - Neil
4.  Obtain a history of the "Old Graded School" for grant purposes - Charlie
5.  Futuristic picture of what the Community Center could look like.  Graham

Community Center Discussion Continued:
Discuss possible uses:
Multi-purpose classroom         Lounge
Conference room                    Gallery 
Office space                            Maker space
Co-working space                   On-line network
Local business partner            Wellness space
Day Care.                                Remote Working Space 
Business incubator.		     Community garden
Youth activities.		     Bike shop
Movies/film			     Adult Education/community collage
Digital economy                      Remote Learning (For students learning from home).

Review and discuss: The Space on Main, Inc ("A facilitator of community connections") 

5.  Food Security and Current discussion regarding planning board Agro-tourism 

6.  Interstate signage: Update - Jonathan

7.  Covered Bike Racks Proposal at Market Basket - Update Sarah 
(Sarah is now the EDAC liaison to Tim Blagden's efforts to make Warner a bike friendly

8.  Volkswagen Trust Charging Stations (DES Tim White)
In another effort to bring visitors to Town, and provide a benefit to Warner residents,
     locate charging stations in NH communities. - Charlie

9.  Discussion and review of the Michel Bergeron presentation from the NH Department of
     Business and Economic Affairs.  On hold - Charlie 
Suggestions from Michael and the report:
A: Upgrade website - Instagram posts, better pictures, tell a story etc: Emma/Krystin)
B. Signage to Main Street (Jonathan)
C. Warner Power - work with new realtor  
E. Short and long term achievable/revised goals and objectives
F. Create Economic Revitalization Zone

10.  Mountain Biking in Warner - On Hold Subcommittee Mark, Bret, Charlie, Nancy, Jason
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