Open Letter to Past and Current RPBA Members from Michael Herman, President
Happy New Year to everyone. This week, we begin a new decade. This year our town will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. It is a fitting time for us to re-energize the Riverdale Park Business Association. Since 1992, RPBA has been the leading voice of concerns for local issues affecting businesses and the business environment. As you know, the RPBA held elections in November 2019 and elected its new Executive Committee for the current year. The new committee includes: Dalton Patterson of Meyers, Rodbell & Rosenbaum as Vice President, Lorena Vallejo of Old Line Bank as Treasurer, and Jeffrey Yorke of Yorke Partners as Secretary. This new group of leaders are committed to expanding opportunities for businesses to grow and thrive in the greater Riverdale Park area. I am delighted to serve with this new cadre of business leaders who are dedicated to our mission and vision to create a unified voice for the businesses of our area.
Right now, Riverdale Park is a very desirable place for business to relocate and expand. With three new Purple Line stations being located in and around the Town, mass transit options have expanded. Median home prices have jumped by almost 10% in the past year. With the opening of Riverdale Park Station, anchored by the new Whole Foods, an entire new mixed-use business district has been created. Riverdale Plaza is being slated for redevelopment. To put things modestly, Riverdale Park is hot. Prospects for businesses have never been stronger.
For these and many other reasons, I am encouraging you to invest in your business and re-invest in the RPBA. Several of you have already renewed your membership for 2020. It is time for the rest of us. Last year, there were almost 25 dues paying members of the association. Our goal this year is to double that. For a very modest and reasonable $50 per year, your business can become a member or renew its membership.
Membership benefits include: invitation to monthly meetings of local businesses; bi-monthly guest speakers on issues affecting our business community; facilitated contact with local, county and state officials; development of peer to peer business associations to stimulate new ideas and concepts to improve business strategies; having an in depth business profile included in upcoming editions of our electronic newsletter; being connected with the most vital voice for businesses in our area; and so much more. Every third meeting is located at one of our member’s restaurant or business. The cost is so modest considering the membership benefits.
Please start or renew your membership now and get included in all of our upcoming events as we move towards the celebration this summer of our town’s 100th birthday celebration. Be part of this new wave of business activity and join today.
I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming meetings.
Michael Herman, Esq., President