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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Marketing & Communications Intern (unpaid), 2017

Mayfair BID is seeking a creative and self-driven grad student to serve as our Marketing & Communications Intern this spring semester, with the potential to continue through the summer. Main duties include managing Mayfair BID’s social media presence, developing a new website from scratch, and publishing the organization’s first annual report. Apply NOW, more details here.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Real Estate Investment Intern (unpaid), 2017

Mayfair Business Improvement District is seeking a creative and self-driven grad student to serve as our Real Estate Investment Intern this spring semester, with the potential to continue through the summer. Main duties include surveying the district and creating a comprehensive database of available commercial properties, developing retail attraction marketing material, and helping craft a message about the district’s value proposition. Apply NOW, more details here.

Mayfair BID Capital Improvements Committee

5-Year Capital Plan Development Process 2016

The Plan

The Mayfair Business Improvement District’s (BID) 5-Year Capital Plan will be the blueprint for capital investments along Frankford Avenue in Mayfair for the BID’s first five years in operation, 2016-2020. An opening section will focus on the community’s vision for its commercial corridor. The plan will identify specific capital improvement projects to be implemented along our corridor and will lay out a timeline for when these projects will be completed between now and December 2020. Projects will have estimated costs associated and will be assigned either to the BID capital improvements budget or slated for applications for external funding from government and foundation grants. The plan will also include a section on policy recommendations for local and regional government as they relate to our streetscape, such as permanent street closures, additional bike lanes, and other traffic calming interventions.

Public Input

The 5-Year Capital Plan will thrive on input from a broad spectrum of neighborhood stakeholders. Getting neighbors to the table to talk openly about a shared vision for the commercial corridor will help ensure all voices are heard to inform a transparent and inclusive plan moving forward. Community buy-in will be crucial for the sustainability of our interventions and will make a strong case for our projects when we seek external funding from foundation grants. Our steering committee is devoted to designing a process which creates a public forum to discuss the future of the Avenue with other stakeholders; and through the power of the Internet and social media we will reach a much wider audience utilizing additional online surveys.

Public Input Session Schedule

Session 1: Thurs Sept 8 @6:30-8:30pm

Session 2: Sat October 15 @1-3pm

Session 3: Mon November 14 @6:30-8:30pm

All sessions will be held at the Mayfair Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent Street

Public Input Session Agendas

Session 1: Community visioning and project brainstorming (2 hrs)

Session 2: Project identification and prioritization (2 hrs with break)

Session 3: Draft plan open house and community celebration (2 hrs)

Online Survey

Our in-person sessions will be accompanied by an online survey, which can be promoted via social media and on our website.  The survey questions should be designed to prompt meaningful responses and complement the topics discussed at the in-person meetings. We should also make it clear that completing an online survey is helpful but attendance at in-person sessions is the best way to have one’s voice heard.

In-Person Survey & Comment Cards @Mayfair Night Markets

Cards will be printed with survey questions relating to the topics of the three public input sessions. The questionnaire should be short enough that it can be filled out in 90 seconds. We can set up a booth at the remaining Mayfair Night Markets, to conduct the survey and generally spread the word about the capital improvements process. The survey will be designed so it can either be filled out like a restaurant “comment card” or the questions can be asked by a volunteer as a short interview. An intern or volunteer will need to input all of the answers into a spreadsheet.

Year 1 ad hoc Capital Plan

We likely won’t have our 5-Year Capital Plan in place until the very end of 2016 (Year 1), which means the plan will only address interventions in years 2-5.  We have a mandate to fund visually impactful projects in year one, which means we need to proceed with these projects before the 5-year plan is in place. We want to focus on the “low hanging fruit” and low-cost projects which can be done quickly and grab attention. Pending approval from the board of directors, we will devote $35,000 of the capital improvements budget to an ad hoc Year 1 Capital Plan, which will include elements of the following as funds and time allow:

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NOTE: Next Board of Directors Meeting: Wed, 3 August 2016, 11am

Mayfair Community Center, 2nd Floor

2990 St Vincent St, Philadelphia, PA 19149

Mon, 04 Apr 2016

Sorry I haven’t update in a couple of weeks. I was waiting until I could announce some news.

Executive Director

We have made an job offer, which was accepted. After they give notice at their current job, we will formally announce our new ED. This individual was extremely qualified and excited to get working. Look for an update tomorrow.

Board of Directors Meeting

The next meeting of our Board will be Wednesday, 11am, at the Mayfair Center on St. Vincent. This meeting is open to the public.

Cleaning

Three firms are have been interviewed to help determine the scope of work. This is chugging along.

Next General Meeting - Thu, 21 Apr

Our next public meeting is on Thursday, 21 April, 2016, 7pm at the Mayfair Center on St. Vincent Street. Come let us know what you think. And please always feel free to email me.

Mike Scotese, Chairman

scoats@greylodge.com


Fri, 18 Mar 2016

Marketing Committee

I have been trying to have the BID get a few things actually done first before creating all of our committees. That said, it seems to be time to create another committee.

The Marketing Committee will be involved in directing the development of the Website for our commercial corridor, including choosing a Web developer, as well as logo design, and other fun things.

We are looking for people to join this committee. This is will not require a huge time commitment or going to lots of meetings. Much will be done by email and through Google Docs. This will be fun and worthwhile. We already have some very talented and nice people who have signed up for the committee. Email me at scoats@greylodge.com if you’d like to join us. Thanks!

Other Committees

Including Marketing, we currently have 4 committees: Personnel, Finance, Cleaning. If you would like to join any of these committees, please email me at scoats@greylodge.com.

After we get a few Xs in the win column, we will create a Safety Committee and a Capital Improvements Committee. If you are interested in joining either or both of these extremely important committees, please email me.

Cleaning

Our executive director Ruthanne Madway has been reaching out to companies that expressed interest in the cleaning RFP. The deadline was tight. If you missed it and are interested, please let Ruthanne know ASAP. Her email is rmadway@MayfairBID.org. We want to have cleaners on the street as soon as prudently possible.

Personnel

There will be a special board meeting next week to conduct final interviews for our Executive Director position.

Admin

Ruthanne continues to work on getting bids for insurance and accounting work.

Next General Meeting

Consensus and transparency are not just buzzwords for the Mayfair BID. We want to hear from you.

Our next public meeting is on Thursday, 21 April, 2016, 7pm at the Mayfair Center on St. Vincent Street. Come let us know what you think. And please always feel free to email me.

Mike Scotese, Chairman

scoats@greylodge.com


Sat, 12 Mar 2016

Our volunteers were busy this week with cleaning and personnel tasks.

Cleaning

The cleaning RFP has been released and is posted here on this Webpage under Documents. We hope to have the cleaning program started in about 4 weeks.

Personnel

For our Executive Director position, the Personnel Committee held a group interview with 8 candidates chosen from the 37 resumes we received. It was a very positive experience and we met some great people. The committee has one more person to interview, then they will determine a list of candidates to be interviewed by the whole board. We should have an Executive Director named in about 2 weeks.

Admin

Our current executive director continued to work on getting bids for insurance and accounting work.

Next Steps

After we get the above items resolved, we will get our Safety and Marketing Committees started up. If you would like be involved with either of those, please email me.

Please don’t forget about our next public meeting on Thursday, 21 April, 2016, 7pm at the Mayfair Center on St. Vincent Street. We want to hear from you.

Mike Scotese, Chairman

scoats@greylodge.com


Sat, 05 Mar 2016

This week we continued to work on our three current priorities: 1) administration and organization, 2) releasing a Cleaning RFP, 3) hiring a permanent Executive Director. We also had our second board meeting.

Administration:

Board of Directors:

Personnel Committee:

Cleaning:

Upcoming and future Priorities:

Next Public Meeting:

Our next public meeting will be Thursday, 21 April, 2016, 7pm at the Mayfair Center on St. Vincent Street. We will go over what we have done so far and where we are heading.

We urge all stakeholders to attend. We want to know what you think so we can reach a consensus about everything the BID does.

Mike Scotese, Mayfair BID Chairman


Fri, 26 Feb 2016

This week we continued to make behind the scenes progress. The three core areas for the moment mentioned in last week’s update remained core areas of attack this week with Website Development becoming a fourth.  

Administration:

Website:

Cleaning:

Hiring Permanent Executive Director:

Mike Scotese, Mayfair BID Chairman


Fri, 19 Feb 2016

As chairman, I want to our Business Improvement District to be run as transparently as possible and with as much consensus as possible. This News section of the Website is an attempt to do just that. The executive director or myself will try to keep this updated weekly. In the interests of consensus and transparency, please always free to email me with any concerns, scoats@greylodge.com.

We basically have 3 big to dos for the moment:

1. ADMINISTRATION
- remainder of the start-up activities which any new corporation must do
- send out follow up bills to those who have not yet paid
- create printed newsletter to go out with the announcement of the next public meeting

2. CLEANING
We are in talks with various companies to get proposals for cleaning the district. Getting the cleaning started ASAP is our major priority.

3. HIRING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The personnel committee approved the job description and has posted it in several places. Response has been good. Deadline for resumes is 01 Mar 2016.
The job posting is here:
http://www.indeed.com/cmp/Mayfair-Business-Improvement-District/jobs/Executive-Director-d0669643eb4869ad?q=%22urban+planning%22

We have some exciting things that BID is legally required to do. We are just in our 7th week of existence. While we have a full year to get everything rolling, we hope to go faster. We will get to more and more things as the weeks and months go on. Please stay tuned, there will be lots of opportunities to be involved and to have your voice heard.

Mike Scotese, Mayfair BID Chairman