UNC Board of Governors April 2014 Meeting Materials Page
Government, UNC

UNC Board of Governors Meeting Materials April 2014

The UNC Board of Governors Meeting Materials for the April 10th-11th 2014 meeting are available as of April 7th.  The BOG received a package of approximately 600 pages the afternoon of Friday, April 4th.  It includes hot links to additional documents.  In the interest of transparency, I’m posting information about the public items.

April 2014 BOG Meeting Materials – image of webpage with agenda items

Meeting Materials can be viewed here

Some Initial Items of Note from the Audit and Budget & Finance Committees Include:

Audit – Item 3 – Audit Reports Released Since Last Meeting – including ECSU Long Distance Charges Audit and others.

Budget and Finance – Item 2 – Athletics Financial Transparency, Item 4 – Bonds for UNCG Recreation Center,  Item 5 – Tuition Bill Transparency, and Item 14 – FY 2013-14 Budget Management.

UNC Board of Governors April 2014 Meeting Materials Page

UNC Board of Governors April 2014 Meeting Materials Page

Please add your comments and concerns.  I am still reviewing all the materials and will post more items later.

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Fuzzy's BBQ Sign - Madison
Restaurants/Food, Travel

Fuzzy Impressions of BBQ in Madison

Fuzzy’s BBQ sits on Hwy 220 Business which connects Madison with Mayodan, NC.  It’s a respite for those that love great chopped pork BBQ, vinegar slaw, hush puppies and sweet tea – to get away from the larger cities and chain restaurant monotony.

Fuzzy's BBQ - BBQ Tray

Fuzzy’s BBQ – BBQ Tray

You’ll notice a couple of things that are different about Fuzzy’s.  Their BBQ comes with a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce already mixed in the BBQ (and they bring extra sides of sauce).  The slaw is unique because it is super finely diced.  And the hush puppies are long fingers of hush puppies – several inches long.

Fuzzy's Interior - Madison

Fuzzy’s Interior – Madison

The interior doesn’t look like it has changed much over the years.  Lots of booths, coke ads, photos of food, and several media clippings and old photos.  The service is very friendly and accommodating.

Fuzzy's BBQ - Menu Cover

Fuzzy’s BBQ – Menu Cover

 

Fuzzy's BBQ - Menu 2

Fuzzy’s BBQ – Menu 2

Fuzzy's BBQ - Menu 3

Fuzzy’s BBQ – Menu 3

Fuzzy's BBQ - Menu 4

Fuzzy’s BBQ – Menu 4

 

Fuzzy's BBQ - Menu 5

Fuzzy’s BBQ – Menu 5

Fuzzy's BBQ - Menu 6

Fuzzy’s BBQ – Menu 6

 

A great dessert is the banana pudding, though they have cobbler as well.

Fuzzy's Banana Pudding - Madison

Fuzzy’s Banana Pudding – Madison

 

 

They also have a great family pack/catering option.  Chopped pork or chicken BBQ with fixins.

Fuzzy's BBQ Family Pack

Fuzzy’s BBQ Family Pack

Fuzzy's BBQ - Family Pack to go

Fuzzy’s BBQ – Family Pack to go

It’s worth a trip to Madison to visit Fuzzy’s.

Fuzzy's Check - Madison

Fuzzy’s Check – Madison

Fuzzy's BBQ Sign - Madison

Fuzzy’s BBQ Sign – Madison

 

 

 

Fuzzy's Bar-B-Q on Urbanspoon

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The Office Time Machine
Entertainment, Social Media

The Office Time Machine – Cultural References by Year

The Office Time Machine is a series of videos that pull out The Office cultural references and sorts they by year.  It’s a time capsule of sorts.  You can visit the page and watch several years in a row.  Sports, Movies, TV, Books, Music, Politics, Food/Drink, Technology, and other references abound.

The Office Time Machine

The Office Time Machine

I suggest starting with your birth year – in my case, 1969 and letting it run forward.  There’s probably a drinking game that could be developed out of this.

1969 – Born

1976 – 7

1980 – 11

1987 – High School Graduation

1991 – College Graduation

1994 – Internet Usage Kicking In, but notice only reference is to Amazon.com

1999 – Married

2003 – Children

2012 – Final Year of The Office

To pick your year and start – visit The Office Time Machine.

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Aerial Map of Greensboro, NC - 1 mile rings around Grocery Stores, Blue indicates Food Deserts
Government, Real Estate, Restaurants/Food

A Developer’s Approach to Solving Food Deserts – Part One

How do you solve the problem of food deserts?  Income levels, education, grocery store locations, mobile markets, and transportation all play a part in the solution.

The USDA defines what’s considered a food desert as a “low-access community”(read lack of transportation) with at least 500 people and/or at least 33 percent of the census tract’s population residing more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store (for rural census tracts, the distance is more than 10 miles).

You can view the location of food deserts with the USDA Food Desert Mapping Tool.  Here’s a screenshot of Greensboro’s food deserts as last updated and published online.

USDA Food Desert Map of Greensboro, NC

USDA Food Desert Map of Greensboro, NC

We’ve been able to lessen the food desert areas with grocery store projects in the last few years including Li Ming Global Mart at High Point Rd/Holden, Save-A-Lot at Yanceyville/Cone, and other grocery stores in the city.  The Wal-Mart projects at Cone/29 and S. Elm/I-840 have provided grocery options in prior food deserts as well.

Here’s an aerial map of Greensboro, NC that my company Kotis Properties produced, showing all grocery stores with a 1-mile ring around them.  The blue area is what remains of food desert areas outside the ring.  It also factors in current USDA food desert data that varies from the online tool above.  My market research staff create tools like this to help explain the Greensboro market to grocery stores that we hope to recruit to the area.

Aerial Map of Greensboro, NC - 1 mile rings around Grocery Stores, Blue indicates Food Deserts

Aerial Map of Greensboro, NC – 1 mile rings around Grocery Stores, Blue indicates Food Deserts

You will note that the bulk of the food desert areas are in Northeast Greensboro.  It visually demonstrates what people in East Greensboro have been saying for the past few years – that they want and need grocery stores.  One of our new projects – at the intersection of Wendover and the Outer Loop (I-840) should help to solve the food desert problem in that area.  Additional solutions may be Phillips Avenue or South Elm/Lee.  The challenge is convincing grocery stores to locate there as they tend to focus on higher profit and lower risk potential locations (more in a future post).

It’s interesting to note that both UNCG and Bennett College are both considered food deserts.  That’s something I plan to explore further.

In the absence of a full blown grocery store, people tend to shop in convenience stores or dollar stores.  Those often offer less variety and at a higher cost.  However stores like Sheetz have broken the mold with a much broader offering.

There are three solutions to food deserts – transportation (including low cost cars), income level of the residents, and close proximity of groceries.  

One novel approach is the idea of bringing groceries to people via a mobile food truck concept.  There is a farm food truck concept in Raleigh called LoMo Market.  It makes around 40 stops per week in different areas.  NC A&T could work on something like this as well given that they have a large University farm.

LoMo Market Trailer and Truck

LoMo Market Trailer and Truck

Inside of the LoMo Market Trailer with Webpage Scheduling

Inside of the LoMo Market Trailer with Webpage Scheduling

I saw an expanded version of this concept outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina.  A caravan of farm trailers were pulled by trucks to various neighborhoods on certain days.  The various trailers included produce, meat, fish, and general merchandise.  The idea of a mobile grocery store or farmers market is an immediate solution to food deserts.

A Mobile Farmers Market in Argentina - Trailers Pulled by Trucks to a Neighborhood

A Mobile Farmers Market in Argentina – Trailers Pulled by Trucks to a Neighborhood

Meat and Eggs at the Argentine Mobile Farm Trailers

Meat and Eggs at the Argentine Mobile Farm Trailers

In the short term, the city should explore measures designed to encourage grocery store development, farmer’s markets and mobile farm trucks in food desert areas.  It should also look at the long term solution of educating and empowering people in those areas.

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Casey Mann, new NC Democratic Party Executive Director
Government

Will the Democratic Party be the Party of Workers, Unions, NAACP and Hagan?

Triad City Beat interviews the new North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Director, Casey Mann, from Greensboro, NC.

Casey Mann, new NC Democratic Party Executive Director

Casey Mann, new NC Democratic Party Executive Director

Mann has a few noteworthy quotes in the article (in bold below, then my comments follow hers with a dash):

“When you look at the Democratic Party, we’re the party of teachers, workers, people working two jobs.” – Two jobs will likely be the norm with ACA implementation – it looks like they are trying to get out in front of it and shift blame away from ACA.

“Tax check-off money, which was a huge part of our operating budget every year, allowed it to be a way where the state party doled out the money that was needed.” – Unions or Associations could provide an alternative source of funding.

“[State NAACP President] Rev. Barber has done a phenomenal job with the Moral Monday movement and the values he is expressing are the values of the Democratic Party. I was actually at the first Moral Monday when it was all of 47 people.”

“Democrats have been in power for over 100 years so… it’s kind of a change of mentality to “How do we win seats? How do we make strides?”” 

“We actually work very closely with the Kay Hagan campaign to make sure they have what they need and we work back and forth. I am on the phone with them every day.”

 “These little pockets of opportunity actually help Kay Hagan as well.”

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Madison - Pawn Social Media
Social Media, Travel

Pawn Shop Social Media? Really???

I was walking through downtown Madison, NC and spotted this:

Madison - Pawn Social Media

Madison – Pawn Social Media

My first thoughts were – Who’s going to like a Pawn Shop on Facebook?  And if you’re pawning stuff, do you really have a computer or internet service?  Wouldn’t it be kind of depressing?

But then I visited M&M Pawn Shop’s Facebook Page

M&M Pawn Facebook Page Header

M&M Pawn Facebook Page Header

M&M Pawn Facebook Posts

M&M Pawn Facebook Posts

Clearly they need a graphic designer to pawn some stuff or trade for some upgrades to the page.  But looking past the aesthetics, it’s pretty interesting.

1) I saw some stuff that that I might want to buy (so the page may be more useful for people purchasing items, rather than those hocking them).

2) It’s interesting just to peruse what people pawn (in a reality show type way)

3) Pawn shop or not, it’s great to see a small business linking Bricks and Mortar with Social Media Efforts (because many do not).

In the end, I wound up Liking their Page and will probably stop in store sometime.  Effective marketing.  

Their pink sidewalk pig, as tacky as it is, made me stop as well.  You have to wonder if they just thought it looked funny or if they were subconsciously referencing Pearls Before Swine.

Madison - Pawn Pig

Madison – Pawn Pig

Pearls before swine” and “casting pearls” refer to a quotation from Matthew 7:6 in Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, implying that you should not put what is valuable in front of those who will reject the notion that it has value and furthermore that they will seek to diminish or destroy what you offer.

“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”

Given that this pig is actually wearing the jewelry – is the message that some Pigs will realize the value and put them on?

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Jon Hardister Shooting AR-15
Government

Exclusive Video: Rep. Jon Hardister Shooting in Summerfield

How do you know if a politician is really an advocate of the Second Amendment and Gun Rights?  “Shoot” him with a gun.

Jon’s a great sport and shooter, so when we were out on my range target shooting, I asked if he’d be up for a couple of photos and short video clip.  

Jon was shooting a Beretta 92F 9mm, Ruger Red Label Over and Under 12 gauge Shotgun, and a Bushmaster 5.56/.223 AR-15 with EOtech Optics.  He’s a great shot.  Perhaps we should have a candidate forum where gun handling/safety and shooting ability is measured.

Jon Hardister with Beretta 92F

Jon Hardister with Beretta 92F

Jon Hardister with Ruger Red Label Over and Under Shotgun

Jon Hardister with Ruger Red Label Over and Under Shotgun

Jon Hardister looking through Optics of AR-15

Jon Hardister looking through Optics of AR-15

Representative Jon Hardister clearly supports the Second Amendment.  I’ll be voting to re-elect him as my Representative to the NC House of Representatives District 59.  To find your District – click here.  Jon’s district spans from North Guilford County around to most of Eastern Guilford County.

Map of NC House of Representatives District 59

Map of NC House of Representatives District 59

NC House District 59 Representative Jon Hardister

NC House District 59 Representative Jon Hardister

Amendment II – Bill of Rights

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

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Site Plan of the Proposed Friendly Avenue Rezoning
Real Estate

Was Trader Joe’s Window Dressing for a Walgreen’s Deal?

Next Week’s Friendly Avenue rezoning may have more to do with a drug store deal than a site for Trader Joe’s.  The Business Journal reports that Trader Joe’s is passing on this site and on Greensboro.

“We are no longer interested in the proposed site in Greensboro, and we are not interested in any other sites in Greensboro at this time,” said Alison Mochizuki, Trader Joe’s spokeswoman, in an email to The Business Journal.

I’d speculate that the Trader Joe’s deal was window dressing all along for the drug store deal.  Walgreen’s can pay a significant premium (sometimes up to $3-4 million) for a high profile corner, while TJ tends to get cheap deals as the draw/anchor for a shopping center.  Given the developer’s costs in this deal, I’m guessing rents would have been north of $40/sf, while Trader Joe’s is used to rents in the low 20’s in a market like Greensboro.

I would expect the developer to move forward with the rezoning, because it’s not about Trader Joe’s.  The big question is if there will still be the same outpouring of support for a drug store with a drive thru.

Site Plan of the Proposed Friendly Avenue Rezoning

Site Plan of the Proposed Friendly Avenue Rezoning

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Aerial of Daddy-O's (far left) and Darryl's (far right)
Beer/Wine/Mixology, Real Estate, Restaurants/Food

Daddy-O’s (or Daddio’s) on High Point Road

I just purchased the old Daddy O’s on High Point Road just a couple of doors down from my Darryl’s restaurant.  Thoughts on what we should do with it?  It’s 3 acres and a 10,000sf building.

Aerial of Daddy-O's (far left) and Darryl's (far right)

Aerial of Daddy-O’s (far left) and Darryl’s (far right)

Aerial of Daddy-O's (far left) and Darryl's (far right)
Aerial of Daddy-O’s (far left) and Darryl’s (far right)

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Hand Pumps for the Cask Ales in the foreground, Beer Tower in the rear
Beer/Wine/Mixology, Restaurants/Food

Beer – Cask Ales and Drafts

At my namesake new restaurant Marshall Free House, we’ve just installed our Beer Tower and Cask Ale Hand Pumps.  The tower will serve 12 line fed chilled beers.  The LED rings will display the beer logo and name.  There will be no traditional long handles.

The cask ales will be hand pulled from a separate cask cooler set at a warmer temp.  We’re exceeding Cask Marque standards (with a separate cooler, short glycol line and hand pump all set at proper cask temp) and will control the ale from manufacture at our Pig Pounder Brewery to cask conditioning to the restaurant.

Hand Pumps for the Cask Ales in the foreground, Beer Tower in the rear

Hand Pumps for the Cask Ales in the foreground, Beer Tower in the rear

Cask Ale Handles with Chalkboard of Draughts, Casks, and Bottles plus Topic of Conversation

Cask Ale Handles with Chalkboard of Draughts, Casks, and Bottles plus Topic of Conversation

Looking through the LED rings that will display beer logos and names

Looking through the LED rings that will display beer logos and names

View of the Beer Bar from Outside

View of the Beer Bar from Outside

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