January 26, 2010
The meeting opened at 8:30 AM.
The Stakeholder groups were represented by the following members:
Business/Community Banking, Jamie O’Hearn;
Business/Retailers, Susan Zacharer
City of Lowell/DPD, Christopher Samaras;
City of Lowell/Police Dept., Captain Thomas Kennedy;
Cultural Organization of Lowell, Suzanne Cromwell
Education/UMass Lowell, Dr. Joseph Lipchitz;
Non-Profit Corporations/CTI, Bill Lipchitz;
Visitors/Lowell Festival Foundation; Janet Leggat;
Artists: Steve Syverson;
Business/Chamber of Commerce, Jeanne Osborn;
Education/Middlesex CC, Molly Sheehy;
Business/JAMBRA, Tim Shanahan;
Business/Lowell Plan, Jim Cook;
Business/Restaurants, Franky Descoteaux;
City of Lowell/DPD, Theresa Park;
Cultural Organizations, L.Z. Nunn;
Education/Lowell High School, Roxanne Howe;
General Population/LRTA, Jim Scanlan;
General Population/NMCOG, Beverly Woods;
Residents/Lowell DNA, Ted Lavash;
Visitors/CVB, Fred Hunter;
Youth/UTEC, Greg Croteau;
Paul Marion, UMass Lowell
Tom Costello, UMass Lowell
Patricia Coffey, UMass Lowell
Allegra Williams, UMass Lowell
The meeting opened at 8:35 AM.
Minutes of November 24, 2009
On a motion by Marshall Field, seconded by Joe Lipchitz, it was voted: to accept the minutes of November 24, 2009.
Treasurer Jamie O’Hearn reported that the CCC has a balance of $628.04 in its account. Jamie said he will start collecting dues during February and March. Christine Defeo will be sending out notices. On a motion by Joe Lipchitz, seconded by Marshall Field, it was voted: to accept the report.
Construction of the
Impact of UML Students in the Downtown – Paul Marion, Patricia Coffey, and Allegra Williams distributed and discussed preliminary findings of a report on the impact of UMass Lowell students living at the ICC. Paul Marion expects the final report to be completed by April.
Patricia Coffey said that approximately 400 upperclassmen and graduate students are presently living in the ICC. Only one third of UMass Lowell students currently live in on-campus housing, a number the university would like to increase. Five focus groups and an online survey were conducted by UMass Lowell Downtown Initiative. 80% of students surveyed reported going downtown in the past year, and more than half of them reported going downtown once every month or so. About 40% of businesses interviewed are using the UCard. 80% of businesses interviewed have offered some type of student discount. Most businesses interviewed reported seeing more students downtown, which they attribute to the use of the UCard. Bill noted that the card is not being used as much as expected, and Paul Marion stated that there were some glitches with the contractor and recognized that the university needs to be more aggressive in promoting the card. Patty said they are planning a survey to track the spending of the students downtown over the next year or so. Students, especially those under 21, are looking for non-alcoholic venues with entertainment areas like game rooms and performance spaces.
The next steps for the initiative are to: design a survey for faculty and staff; continue learning from other universities doing the same thing; do follow-up interviews with business owners, nonprofits and neighborhood groups; and complete a Best Practices Guide.
The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 23rd in the Assembly Room at the
One or several awards will also be presented at the meeting
for people who have made a significant impact in
Bill brought up the idea of having the Downtown Lowell Business Association from the Greater Lowell Chamber join the CCC at their informal meeting once a month. Sue Zacharer said she thought this was a good idea and worth proposing to the Chamber. She also mentioned there would be another meeting of the business group Monday, February 8th, 9:30 am at the Mayor’s Reception Room. The Great Plates event taking place February 22nd to March 5th in conjunction with downtown restaurants will be discussed at the meeting.
Reports from Reps
Suzz Cromwell talked about
upcoming events being given by the Lowell Film Collaborative. On the 27th there will be a
meeting at the National Park’s
Chris Samaras reported that plans were progressing well for
Winter Fest on February 5th and 6th with the exception of
a recent lack of snow. Chris also
mentioned that the next kick-off presentation of Best Retail Practices would be
held February 24th at 8 am, in the Assembly Room of the
Allegra Williams informed the committee of a presentation being held at the Pollard Library February 24th about the Census.
George DeLuca reported that there will be a birthday celebration held for Jack Kerouac March 11, 12, and 13. More information is available at his website CometoLowell.com.
March 23rd, 2010
Assembly Room of the
On a motion by Joe Lipchitz, seconded by Janet Leggat, it was voted to: adjourn the meeting at 9:50 AM.