The new vice president of the Hermann Regional Economic Development Corporation (HRED) says an effort is needed to promote the town as a place for weddings.
Tammy Bruckerhoff, who represents the business community on teh HRED board, Monday afternoon noted that the number of weddings taking place in Hermann is down, resulting in less business for local merchants.
“That affects caterers; that affects florists; that effects B&Bs,” she said.
She suggested an increased effort to promote Hermann as good site for weddings.
Her comments would have been made to Hermann Economic Development and Tourism Director Eli McDonald, but he wasn’t at the HRED board meeting. Neither was City Administrator Mark Wallace.
Both often attend HRED meetings; indeed, McDonald began spearheading the organization’s effort to grow jobs and businesses after the departure of an outside economic development firm.
The absence of a city government representative was noted by the HRED board members.
Before ending his tenure as president, Ron Kraettli chided City Hall for what he saw as a lack of action in bringing broadband service to Hermann.
“They aren’t doing anything regarding broadband,” he said. “They’ve obviously lost focus on it.”
Bart Toedtmann of Toedtman & Grosse Funeral Home was elected president of HRED, moving up from the vice president’s post.
The board members attending the monthly session held in the Gasconade County R-1 School District Administration Building re-elected Susan Stiers as board secretary and Chris Theissen as treasurer.
In other action, Kraettli, one of the Hermann-Area Chamber of Commerce representatives to HRED, reported that Chamber Executive Director Chris Koetters will be leaving his job to return to his family’s Louisiana-area farm.
Koetters was hired as Chamber executive director last August.
Kraettli said the Chamber board on Thursday could decide if it wishes to name an interim replacement for Koetters on the HRED board as it begins a search for a new executive director.