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Business Association now using new name

Palmetto Business Association

The Greater Williamston Business Association is now officially known as the Palmetto Business Association (PBA). During their monthly meeting Tuesday, members of the newly renamed organization chose a logo designed by students at the Career and Technology Center to reflect the new name. The winning logos were designed by CTC students (l-r) Emily Mitchell (BHP), Rachel Melton (Wren High) and Brooke McKinney (Wren High). The students are in the Digital Art & Design program under Danita Swaney at the Career and Technology Center.

The new logo features a Palmetto Tree in the Palmetto portion of the organization’s name and contiues to use colors similar to those used in the past. The new logo will begin to be used on all promotional materials and the organization’s new website which is currently under construction.

Market analysis gives picture of shopping area

By David Meade

Members of the Greater Williamston Business Association recently heard a presentation based on market analysis information being gathered as part of the Envision Williamston process that is currently underway. Tee Coker of Arnett Muldrow and Associates told the business group that overall the area is not doing too bad and is “actually very competitive.”

Coker presented information on purchasing, spending, income and where customers are coming from, and going.

Independence Day celebration features live music, fireworks

The Town of Williamston and the Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) Independence Day celebration event featured live music by Jukebox 45, a classic oldies and rock and roll band. The event also featured an expanded fireworks show which many said was the best ever. (Photos by Mike Gowan)

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A good crowd came out Saturday to hear live music in Mineral Spring Park prior to the fireworks show in Williamston.

GWBA Party in the Park features Benton Blount

The Greater Williamston Business Association will hold their second Party in the Park music event this Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park.

The event will feature a performance by North Carolina native and Nashville recording artist Benton Blount. According to one review, Benton Blount knows to trust his instincts. Repeatedly through his career, he’s moved forward by walking through an open door, even if making that step defied logic at the time.

Party in Park offers free entertainment

The first of three Party in the Park Music Series events being planned by the Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) this year will be held this Friday, May 23 at 6 p.m.

The free event will feature live music by upstate performers the Anna Leigh Band and Carolina Rhythm Section. There will be activities for young children including three large inflatables and the park playground will be open. There will also be free face painting.

GWBA approves budget for Party in the Park

During their May meeting Tuesday, The Greater Williamston Business Association approved a change in the bylaws and plans for three Party in the Park Music Series Events.

GWBA president Chris Trotter reported the group added three new members, Carolina Koaches, Chris Wagner Formal Affair DJ and Brent’s Custom Flooring. The association now has 74 members.

GWBA Secretary Faye Meares resigned her position citing future calendar conflicts. Meares will continue to head up the GWBA Golf Tournament held in October. The group approved Paula Payton as the new secretary.

GWBA members approved the Party in the Park series budget for three events being held this year. Total expected income from sponsors and drink sales for the events is estimated at $11,250 with expenses of $12,800.

Party in the Park returns May 23

The first of three Party in the Park Music Series events being planned by the Greater Williamton Business Association (GWBA) this year will be held next Friday, May 23 at 6 p.m.

The free event will feature live music by upstate performers the Anna Leigh Band and Carolina Rhythm Section. There will be activities for young children including three large inflatables and the park play ground will be open. There will also be free face painting.

Town approves branding, funding for events

By David Meade

During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council adopted an updated town seal and destination logos which will be used for marketing and branding for the town and approved funding for entertainment for four GWBA events.

Council approved the new branding recommendations following a presentation by Main Street Williamston Executive Director Caroline Alex. The video presentation showed the final results of a two day branding work session held last week.

Business community responds to town funding for events

Last year the Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) sponsored two new events held in Mineral Spring Park, both of which got a great response. This year they want to expand the “Party in the Park” series and asked the town to help with funding.

At the Williamston Town Council meeting last week, the GWBA request failed with a split 2-2 vote. Council also declined to increase funding for the Spring Water Festival.

Since then GWBA President Chris Trotter has been on a campaign to make council aware that there is a lot of local support for the events.

GWBA Easter Egg Hunt

egg huntThe Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) Easter Egg Hunt was held in Mineral Spring Park Saturday. Those attending enjoyed a fun candy and prize filled event and warm weather.

Event funding draws response from GWBA

Williamston Town Council recently turned down a funding request by the Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) for entertainment for three Party in the Park events and the July 5 Freedom Celebration.

They also declined to increase funding for the Spring Water Festival.

Since then GWBA President Chris Trotter has been on a campaign to make council aware that there is a lot of support for the events.

Through an email campaign, GWBA members have been asked to provide letters of support to present to council members. The public is also being encouraged to show their support.

The request by the GWBA for $6500 for entertainment for three Party in the Park events and the July 4th event failed with a split 2-2 vote. Mayor Mack Durham and Councilman Rockey Burgess were in favor, while Councilmen David Harvell and Otis Scott were opposed. The possible tie breaker, Councilman Tony Hagood was absent due to sickness.

Prior to the vote, Burgess spoke in favor of the events stating, “They meet the purpose of our hospitality tax, getting folks to town that ordinarily would not come,” he said. “It is money well spent.”

Harvell and Scott both questioned why the events could not fund themselves.

Earlier in the meeting, a motion by Councilman Scott to increase funding for entertainment for the Spring Water Festival to $20,000 died after failing to receive a second.

The Springwater Committee requested the additional funding to bring a nationally known entertainer to the festival in August.

After a few moments of silence, Mayor Durham made a motion to fund the festival at $10,000. Councilman Scott seconded and the motion was approved 4-0.

Funding from the town’s hospitality tax is used to provide entertainment on Friday night and all day Saturday during the two day festival.

Other events/projects receiving hospitality tax funding have included: Cemetery Candle Lighting, Boo in the Park, July 4th, GWBA Easter Egg Hunt, Pig in the Park, Defenders Motorcycle/ParkFest, Veterans Day event, Memorial Day event, Homstead Festival, Carolina Community Center, Christmas Parade, Christmas pole decorations and others.

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Charette to determine town branding
Letter from GWBA president

 

Party in the Park events deserve hospitality funding

Letter to Editor – By Chris Trotter/GWBA President

Each year, the Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) plans several events to boost tourism and community involvement. In planning the three Party in the Park events and the July 5 celebration for this year, GWBA members hoped to receive $6,500 from the town’s hospitality fund. In a split vote at the town council meeting on April 7, council did not approve that funding.

GWBA Easter Egg Hunt April 12

chocolate-easter-eggs-hans-engbersThe Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) will sponsor their annual Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and under on Saturday, April 12 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Rain date for the event will be the following Saturday, Apr. 19.

GWBA planning events

By David Meade

The Greater Williamston Business Association recently discussed upcoming events including the GWBA Easter Egg Hunt, Party in the Park and July 4th Freedom Celebration. The annual Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and under will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Rain date for the event will be the following Saturday, Apr. 19.

GWBA membership drive now underway

By David Meade

The Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) currently has a membership drive underway. Under the leadership of President Chris Trotter, and with help from other members, the GWBA ended the year with 65 members, nearly doubling in number from previous years. The group is renewing members for 2014 and the membership drive for new members will run through March 31. Three new members joined in January and another four in February.

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