In an effort to make the organization more resident-friendly and to stress revitalization, the Brookhaven Business Association (BBA) this month voted to disband and reorganize under the name Brookhaven Community and Business Alliance (BCBA).
“The group did not really disband,” said BCBA member Pat Natale. “The name was changed and we did some restructuring. Now, in addition to businesses and professional people, residents are invited to join and share their ideas.”
The group considers itself a vital link to the Brookhaven business community and will work closely with Mayor Mike Hess and Borough Council to bring about positive change. Councilwoman Donna Fooks will serve as liaison between Council and the organization.
Members voted unanimously on March 12th to formally make the change.
“With improved social media access, including a new website, Mail Chimp, Facebook and Twitter, the BCBA invites borough residents to join the community section to keep informed and stay educated on what is important in our neighborhoods,” reads a press release.
“We want to really stress revitalization and include all aspects of the community,” said founding board member Carl Meinhold. “We can’t be effective without representation from not only businesses, but also from churches and schools.”
Board meetings will be held monthly with full member meetings quarterly. The group plans to invite guest speakers, preferably business association members from other municipalities to share ideas and concerns.
In addition to Meinhold and Natale, other board members include Karen Dauber, former BBA President Brian Marshall and Christine Raftovich.