City of Columbia, Missouri  
Meeting Minutes  
Convention and Visitors Advisory Board  
300 S. Providence  
Road - Thomas G.  
Walton Bldg.  
Monday, May 22, 2023  
12:00 PM  
The meeting was called to order at 12:03 p.m. by Board Chair, Aric Jarvis.  
Boone County Commissioner, Justin Aldred was present, as well as CVB Staff Amy  
Schneider and Julie Ausmus.  
Board Members:  
8 -  
Melody Marcks, Rusty Strodtman, Aric Jarvis, Scott Cristal, Donald Laird, Richard  
Walls, Lisa Plakorus and Raman Puri  
4 - Joan Beard, Barth Burgin, Heather Hargrove and Bret Morrison  
The agenda was approved as written.  
Motion by Marcks. Second by Cristal. Motion carried.  
Minutes were approved as written.  
Motion by Laird. Second by Strodtman. Motion carried.  
Meeting Minutes.April 24.2023.pdf  
The board reviewed a Tourism Development application for the 2023 Show-Me STATE  
GAMES & Missouri Senior State Games presented by Dave Fox, SMSG Executive  
Director and Jessica Sida, Volunteer Coordinator. This will be the 39th year for the  
Games which will be held June 9-11, July 21-23 and July 28-30. There are over 14,000  
athletes that complete during the summer games with an overall attendance of  
approximately 28,000. Tourism funds would be used to assist with the cost of site fees,  
medals, advertising and officials.  
Mr. Fox discussed the increased costs of officials, lack of facilities and the community  
sponsorships that assist with making the Games successful. They have lost one major  
sponsor this year but are working diligently to secure additional sponsorships. SMSG is  
also working with several media outlets including the Missouri Division of Tourism who will  
include snippets of 'Things to Do" in Columbia on radio spots during the games.  
Volunteers are also needed for all three weekends.  
There is increased visitation during the Show-Me STATE GAMES and it has a positive  
economic impact on Columbia. A motion was made to approve Tourism Development  
funding in the amount of $20,000. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.  
Motion by Laird. Second by Cristal. Motion carried.  
None to discuss.  
May CVB Staff Report  
The CVB Report was reviewed. The Juneteenth Parade will be held Saturday June 17th.  
CVB staff have been working with the organizers on parade logistics. If anyone is  
interested in volunteering, please let Amy know.  
Megan Baum has been hired as our new Tourism Service Specialist. She will be part of  
the sales team working the Convention & Meeting market. Interviews for the Industry  
Relations, Sports Sales Specialist and the Sr. Administrative Assistant will start next  
Public input meetings continue on the I-70/63 Enhancement project. Fundraising will start  
soon on this public/private beautification effort.  
Updates to the CVB website continue including new visual components and style  
Update from The District  
Nickie Davis, Director of the District was unable to attend and provide a report.  
Update from Boone County Commission  
The Boone County Commission is working on a new Master Land Use Plan, which  
was last updated 25 years ago. The year-long process will include public meetings,  
surveys, mailers, town hall meetings, as well as information on social media. There  
will be opportunities to everyone to provide input.  
June 26, 2023  
Meeting adjourned at 1:05 p.m.  
Motion by Walls. Second by Laird. Motion carried.  
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