Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Dunwoody CVB Grant Program Open to All Dreamers

Ever have an idea for something, but you didn't have the money or own the property?  Or, maybe you want to start a new program that Dunwoody doesn't offer (but Sandy Springs or Brookhaven does)?  Well, sharpen your pencil and send your grant proposal to the Dunwoody CVB.  They have money for the taking!

"We want to put heads in beds, and nothing does that more than a local theater," exclaimed Kimmie Knight, CVB's Director of Operations.  "We envision buses from as far away as Social Circle, GA coming here to our local Grange hall.  Those folks will need a place to put their head down after an evening of Moe's burritos and Sylvia (a modern romantic comedy)."

The CVB recently awarded $5,000  (confiscated from hotel guests, not money from us Dunwoodians) to fund a feasibility study for saving rebuilding  remodeling the theater in Brook Run Park.  "Our mission statement is to generate economic development for Dunwoody, and as they say, you can't make money without spending money!" laughed Kathryn Drawicle, the CVB's marketing guru. "Our Board of Directors really has a pulse on the community.  A new theater almost cracked the Top 50 list on the city's parks survey a couple years ago."

Those interested in handouts grants are encouraged to contact the Dunwoody CVB.  The CVB will cut short their "Girls Day Out at Harbor Freight" program to fund the grants.  According to the CVB's press release, they are keen on seeing proposals for a second theater (because two is always better than one), an art gallery featuring Tweets and SnapChats from Dunwoody High students, a bingo hall, and anything catering to those aged 65 and older.  Applicants are discouraged from submitting anything to do with sports fields, courts used for sports, and other sports/active adult resources.  In conjunction with city leaders, the CVB will favor amenities that serve metro Atlanta residents (think regional dog park, regional skate park, regional tree swinging attraction, regional theater, regional baseball league, etc.), not specifically those of us paying taxes and residing in Dunwoody.To get on the agenda of the CVB, simply send them an email.  It's that easy.

The Staged Gate Playas, a local theatrical group, would be the biggest beneficiary of a new theater.  "We are hoping a new theater would help lower our costs, even though the theater proponents claim the a new venue will generate lots of revenue.  We are paying the City of Dunwoody $1,600 a month for over 5,000 square feet, so this new Brook Run place better match these rates," stated Henrik Ibsen, a theater representative.  

Another group looking to benefit from a new theater is DaMan Dance & Disco Company.  "Nothing brings in a crowd like our 7-8 year-olds Beginner I-II ballet class," boasted Dan DaMan, managing director.  "You want heads in beds?  Wait until you see the crop of kids in our pre-ballet and pre-tap classes! I promise, they will dance circles around those wannabes from Brookhaven and Sandy Springs."


Peter J. Dunn said...

As General Manager of Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter and Chair of the CVB, I would ask you to report the facts and not fiction relative to the CVB’s involvement with the theatre at Brook Run Park. I understand that your comments are simply your opinion but if you choose to quote someone, please quote a real person and not the two fictitious persons (Kimmie Knight and Kathryn Drawicle) with fictitious quotes. The CVB serves an extremely important role in bringing tax dollars to Dunwoody so you as a resident can benefit from this source of revenue. As Board members, we volunteer our time to help the CVB team in their efforts to promote Dunwoody. To this end, your false reporting of the facts combined with the denigration of the new CVB logo is insulting to me as both Chair and a hospitality business leader in the community.

To set the record straight, the Board did agree to partially fund a research study to determine the feasibility of this theatre as it relates to the CVB’s ability to successfully promote this attraction outside of the area. As always, the goal of the CVB is to sell rooms. The question then becomes, would the theartre help the CVB sell more hotel rooms in Dunwoody? Without proper research, I certainly cannot answer that question. Perhaps the venue will not attract outsiders to our hotels for plays but perhaps the venue can be used as convention space which would then greatly impact our hotels. Is that a possibility….maybe. A research study would help us in answering this question. And finally, while we have committed to this financial participation, no payments have yet been made as we are awaiting clarification on a few items.

Peter J. Dunn
General Manager
Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter

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Anonymous said...

whoa! several questions here. How does "you as a resident" derive any direct or residual benefit from a hotel tax?And while it's nice that the Board is volunteering, the operational budget of the cvb (rent, salaries, admin, it) is bloated beyond comprehension.
And to accuse a blog of false reporting? Really?