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FBA plans topic at EDC meeting

Farragut Business Alliance is hoping to schedule a slew of events during the Dogwood Arts Festival next spring.

Those plans come after the town of Farragut donated $8,000 to the Dogwood Arts Festival this fiscal year with the understanding that more be done by the Festival to market events in Farragut.

“We’re all working together here,” David Purvis, FBA founder, said at the Economic Development Committee meeting Wednesday, Dec. 1.

The new events likely will include a wine and arts event at Bridgemore Club House in April; an “Art in the Park” event, in which artists create artwork on-site in Farragut parks, and a bicycle tour of the Town’s dogwood trails and parks.

The FBA and the Town also are working to arrange guided tours of the historic Russell Campbell House at the corner of Campbell Station Road and Kingston Pike, as well as restarting Book Fest for Children at that time of year.

Finally, the Adm. David Glasgow Farragut statue will become a camera site in the Festival’s “Bazillion Blooms” campaign, and the FBA hopes to fund a Farragut float in the Festival’s kick-off parade in Downtown Knoxville.

The Business Alliance also announced plans to bring back its other popular events, including Red, White & Blues on July 3 and the Taste of Farragut in early fall.

Also new in 2011 will be an Oktoberfest event in late September.

“It’ll be beer, brats and an oompah-pah band with a chicken dance every hour,” Purvis joked.

Picnic on the Pike also is rescheduled for this year, tentatively on Sept. 25.

Purvis also reported on the support for a joint marketing campaign among Farragut business owners that could include an affinity card, similar to a Kroger card.

“What really interests people is a joint marketing program,” Purvis said of his meetings with local business owners.

The EDC also made a recommendation for Town representatives to attend the International Council of Shopping Centers Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., next year.

Town administrator David Smoak and Mayor Ralph McGill would be unable to attend.

Instead, the EDC recommended that Town associate administrator Gary Palmer, Alderman Bob Markli and EDC member (and First Commercial Realty principal) Jim Nixon attend the conference.

Nixon said he wouldn’t mind attending, but would need a solid plan first.

“I’d love to represent Farragut,” said Nixon, who has attended the ICSC Conference numerous times on behalf of Turkey Creek Land Partners.

“But going out there wandering around is the wrong thing to do,” he said.

The EDC recommended Palmer, a Board of Mayor and Aldermen member, and Nixon get together and come up with a targeted plan for the ICSC Conference.

“And some way, we have to convince Jim to go,” Purvis said.

Nixon abstained from the vote, which supported Purvis’s motion.


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