Main Street Troy Seeks Executive Director



1. Work Objective

The Troy Main Street Director coordinates activity within a downtown revitalization program which utilizes historic preservation an integral foundation for downtown economic development.
The Director is the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating all project activities locally as well as for representing the community regionally and nationally as appropriate.


Columbus Landmarks Foundation Releases Most Endangered List

Youngstown NDC Seeks Executive Director

SIEDC Hiring Downtown Development Coordinator

SIEDC Position Description
Downtown Development Coordinator

Basic Information

Title: Downtown Development Coordinator
Hours Per Week: 20 (part-time)
Rate: $15.00 per hour
Reports To: President & CEO
Begins Work: As soon as possible after offer made and accepted
Location: 19 W. Market St., Suite C, Tiffin, OH 44883

Nature of Position

The Downtown Development Coordinator (Coordinator) is a part-time position scheduled to work 20 hours per week. It is the intention of the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) to hire a Coordinator to help develop and begin implementing a Main Street Four Point Approach to downtown revitalization and to set the stage to become an accredited Ohio Main Street community within the next year or two.

General Program Description

The purpose of SIEDC’s commercial development effort in the downtown is to develop and implement a strategy for economic development and historic preservation in the downtown Tiffin business district. This position is hired by and reports to the President & CEO of SIEDC. The President & CEO will conduct an annual review of the Coordinator.

Find the full job description, application instructions and additional information HERE

Ohio Capital Arts Committee Releases Final Report

The Capital Arts Committee has issued their recommendations to the Ohio General Assembly for Capital Bill appropriations for the 2015-2016 biennium budget.  The proposed $33 million appropriation is projected to leverage $862 million in matching money. Click the following link to see recommendations.  Ohio Capital Arts Committee Final Report

ODSA Announces Cincinnati Historic Tax Credit Event

You are invited to celebrate Cincinnati’s Historic Buildings… 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
10:00 a.m.
21c Museum Hotel
609 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 

The Ohio Development Services Agency invites you to this special event to celebrate Cincinnati’s preservation of historic landmarks. Speakers include David Goodman, Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency; Mary Cusick, Chief of TourismOhio; Stephen Leeper of the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) and Kevin Pape of the Over-the-Rhine Foundation. Join us for a presentation and tour of the award-winning facility, 21c Museum Hotel and learn about other Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit projects coming to fruition in 2014.

Questions can be addressed to Nathaniel Kaelin, Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program Manager, at (614) 728-0995.

Parking available via valet (for a fee) and at nearby garages




Downtown Findlay Hiring Program Coordinator

Downtown Findlay  – Program Coordinator

Downtown Findlay (OH) is embarking on the Main Street program and is seeking a full time program coordinator to lead the effort.  The on-site staff person is charged with developing, organizing, implementing and documenting the Main Street approach through the Alliance and its divisions (Economic Development, Chamber of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau) .  He/she will be responsible for managing relations with and focusing the work of business owners, property owners, committee members, volunteers to accomplish the goals and objectives of the annual work plan.   Those interested should submit their interest and resume to on or before Monday, April 15.  The position is full time and includes benefits.

What I Learned About Streetscape Construction Projects

Last week I spent an afternoon with the City of Painesville Economic Development Director and the Downtown Painesville Organization Executive Director. We were out meeting with business owners to discuss the upcoming streetscape construction project scheduled for this summer.

I learned a great deal regarding streetscape projects and what it takes to prepare for a project. It seems the main theme of the day was communication. The Painesville representatives have already done a great job of communicating the details of the project with the business owners. Projects like this are enormous undertakings and have so many moving parts that they can be hard to keep under control. While city leaders and downtown folks are typically very excited about these projects, they can be very daunting for business owners and it is imperative that they are kept in the loop. In Painesville, the business owners were contacted early regarding the project and given some rough ideas what to expect. When plans were complete, business owners were visited and construction plans were reviewed in person. This gave the business owners a chance to understand the process and how it would impact them, it also gave the city and downtown representative a chance to hear property owners concerns and address any questions. This also gives the project leaders ample time to make adjustments to suit the business owners and address concerns.

Business owners were informed when the construction would take place and how it would impact them. These impacts included reduced parking,  reduced store visibility, increased noise and dust and reduced customer access. By better understand when and what was taking place, business owners are better able to prepare. Preparation most often included communication with customers to make them aware of the impending construction and let them know the store would be open, or in some instances have them enter the store from the rear. Some business owners were also making plans for temporary signage, changes in lighting or valet parking.

We also discussed the importance of finding the right contractor for the project. There are plenty of horror stories from other towns where a contractor was not sensitive to the needs of business owners and communicated poorly. In one of the worst cases, this situation lead to business owners suing the city over lost revenue during construction.  Finding a contractor that has experience with streetscape construction is a must. This contractor must be willing to do the project in phases and try to keep the impact on business owners to a minimum. The contractor must also be willing to communicate on nearly a daily basis to keep everyone informed on the progress of the project.

Streetscape projects can and should be a tremendous benefit for a downtown or commercial business district, but if mismanaged, can be a potential debacle. I was very appreciative of the time I spent with Jen Reed and Cathy Bieterman of Painesville. I learned a great deal about what it takes to prepare for a streetscape project and feel confident that Painesville’s project will run smoothly. As always with Main Street Communities, advice and suggestions were shared from communities that have already been through the process and Painesville will share their experience with cities going through the process down the road.

Still, Downtown is the Best Community Investment

Every month, ever year, since 1998, we have required the Ohio Main Street Communities to submit monthly reinvestment statistics. We do this because we stand behind the Ohio Main Street Program and we know the numbers will justify the effort. We also do it, so when we seek new legislation from our state legislators, we can prove the impact of downtown revitalization. The Ohio Main Street Communities use these figures to garner local support and for their own advocacy efforts.

In 2012, 26 Ohio Main Street Communities reported their reinvestment statistics. There were 104 facade improvements undertaken, totaling over $5 million. Eighty buildings were rehabilitated at the cost of amost $15.5 million. Over $40 million was invested in new construction in these districts and 44 pubic improvement projects added another $2.8 million to the totals. Two hundred and eight new business opened adding an additional 536 full-time employees and 600 part-time employees. Amazingly 84,536 vollunteer hours were logged in these 26 communities. The total investment was over $63 million. Considering the average Main Street budget of around $130,000, for every $1 invested in a Main Street Program, there was $18 reinvested in the district.

When we compile the numbers from 1998 to 2012, they tell a pretty amazing story of the impact of the Main Street Program. Ohio Main Street Communities have added over 1000 net new businesses. Those businesses have created over 4,000 net new full-time jobs and over 3,000 net new part-time jobs. A stunning total of $821,738,306  has  been invested in these districts. More than 660,000 volunteer hours have been donated to these organizations which is valued at $12,454,200. Other economic development programs would be hard pressed to boast such numbers as 1 new full time job for every $8,500 invested. The average investment per community is almost $2.5 million and that for every $1 invested in the local budget, $23 is reinvested in the district.

These statistics are a testament to the power of the Ohio Main Street Program. When considering we have experienced two recessions in the last fifteen years and the last five have been historically bad, we can unequivocally say, downtown revitalization is an investment every community should make.

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