I want to thank Mike and Berenice for allowing us to host our meet and greet with Congressman Earl Blumenauer at Fenders Moto Cafe on January 22nd!
By all measures, it was a success! There were a nice mix of local business owners, property owners, and local residents present. The Congressman listened to each person's concern, was courteous, and took notes. He then gave us his impression of the Woodstock business district.
While the following doesn't cover everything that was discussed, it can serve as an overview of the concerns discussed...
- Business Owners
- City bureaucracy
- Property values
- The Woodstock "brand"
- Property Owners
- Street maintenance
- Woodstock history and identity going forward
- The financial health of of the local businesses
- Resident concerns
The Congressman shared some of his history with us as concerns Woodstock, and mentioned that his son Jon is the new owner of The Joinery. His current impression of our business district is that we are poised and positioned for... But, that's the question: Poised and positioned for what? What is the Woodstock "Identity/Brand"....?
Don Forest of New Seasons Markets was present, and spoke in brief about the plans for their new Woodstock store. He will have a comprehensives presentation for us at our annual General meeting, scheduled for February 25th. Plan to be there!
Please look in the March issue of "The Bee" for coverage of the event!!!
We we will be announcing, and sending invitations for, our annual General meeting around the first week of February!
-- Damon Philpot
January 26, 2014