Dollars and Sense of Building Rehabilitation

Rehabilitating historic buildings is do-able, you just need more information and the confidence to proceed. Heritage Ohio has been providing this workshop series for the past eight years to give each community and each building owner an opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

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Webinar: Staff Favorites

January 11, 2017   1 pm – 2 pm

The five members of the Heritage Ohio staff travel throughout the state (and around the country) learning and experiencing the best practices in revitalization and preservation.

To kick off our 2017 webinar series we want to share some of our favorite samples with you. Let’s get excited about all the possibilities!


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Top 10 Underutilized Financial Tools Webinar

Toby Rittner is CEO of Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), which addresses research, education, and advocacy for local, state and federal economic development programs. This webinar will review the most effective financing tools which work for downtown redevelopment and share the most under-utilized economic tools that you should be integrating.

Don’t know where to start? CDFA provides training opportunities for you and leaders in your community to tackle complex financing tools. This will be a good introduction to financing strategies that can help you achieve your goals.

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Toby Rittner, DFCP, EDFP

President & CEO

Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA)

100 E. Broad Street, Suite 1200

Columbus, OH 43215

Email: trittner@cdfa.net


Mr. Rittner runs the day-to-day operations of the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), which includes management of a 32 member Board of Directors, and the organization’s various educational, advocacy, research, resources and networking initiatives. Rittner is a frequent speaker at local, state and national conferences and events focused on economic development finance. He has been featured extensively in The Bond Buyer, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, NPR and other national media publications concerning the advancement of development finance tools. He is the author of CDFA’s highly acclaimed Practitioner’s Guide to Economic Development Finance and an adjunct faculty member at The Ohio State University and Carnegie Mellon University teaching planning for sustainable economic development.


Rittner is a Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) through CDFA and is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) through the National Development Council (NDC). Rittner has also advised state and federal government leaders, including President Obama’s Administration Transition Team, on economic development finance policy.


Prior to joining CDFA, Mr. Rittner was the Director of Legislative Affairs and former Director of Training for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Mr. Rittner has also worked for the Franklin County, Ohio Board of Commissioners, Community and Economic Development Department as a Senior Program Coordinator for Economic Development and as an Associate Planner for the City of Gahanna, Ohio.


Mr. Rittner previously served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Community Fund I, LLC and is also a member of the Advisory Board for Heritage Ohio. Mr. Rittner holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master’s of City and Regional Planning degree from The Ohio State University.

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Appalachia Success Stories


Statehouse Reception Postcard - photo EDIT

Celebrate Appalachia’s Culture, Nature and Heritage

State Representative Tim Schaffer
Invites you to participate in the
5th Annual Appalachia Heritage
Success Stories Reception

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Statehouse Atrium

2:30 Registration
3:00 Statehouse Tours
Led by Statehouse Architect Bob Loversidge & Historian Nancy Recchie
4:00 Reception
Cash Bar and Hors d’oeuvres
Success Stories

Presented by Heritage Ohio
Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area

RSVP Here to Heritage Ohio – $20.00 per person


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Franklinton- Cutting Edge Community Webinar

Join us on September 16, 2015, 1 PM – 2 PM

Want to see how cutting –edge sense of place is happening in Columbus? Jim Sweeney, Director of Franklinton Development Association will present a webinar Wednesday September 16th at 1:00pm on how Franklinton is being transformed into a Creative Community District which was awarded the 2014 National Planning Excellence Award for Innovation in Economic Development & Planning by the American Planning Association. This power point will be a sneak peak to the tour Jim will give as part of Heritage Ohio’s annual conference on October 7th.

Jim Sweeney earned a bachelor’s degree in television production from Ohio University and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from The Ohio State University. Before joining Franklinton Development Association (FDA) as executive director in 2002, Jim worked as a land-use planner and zoning staff at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission where he created land-use plans for small cities and townships and the Franklin Country Greenways Plan. Jim also worked for Main Street Connections as a retail-revitalization researcher and planner. In 12 years as Executive Director of the FDA, Jim has led efforts to revitalize Franklinton through several real estate projects and community initiatives designed to reshape the built landscape, especially around quality and affordable housing, but also the perceived landscape of the community. In a community that did not see the creation of a single new house in over 80-years, the FDA has created or helped created of over 150 new or rehabbed affordable housing units – most of which are strategically located to support revitalization. Under Jim the FDA started several neighborhood initiatives and was the primary catalyst for the East Franklinton Creative District Plan and its on-going implementation.

Under Jim’s leadership the FDA was named “2009 Ohio CDC of the Year” by the Ohio CDC Association. Jim is a spokesperson and advocate for equitable and sustainable inward-ward city growth, repeatedly recognized as one of the top-ten community leaders by the media, and has been profiled in most of the local newspapers and magazines including Columbus Monthly.


Webinars are a benefit of Heritage Ohio membership.
If you are not already a member you can support us by joining HERE

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Walkable, bikeable communities build stronger downtowns, provide more support to local businesses, and help their local micro economy grow.

Portland’s Mayor Sam Adams said they  built their legendary bicycle infrastructure for the cost of one single mile of highway. Bike commuting grew 39% from 2000-2010.  There are many associated benefits: lessening dependence on foreign oil, lessening costs of obesity, lessen demand/cost for car parks, increases in tourism, etc. Small improvements that add up for any community.

On September 1st in Greenville, Ohio we will be presenting our third Revitalization Training for 2015 on Walkable/Bikeable Communities.  To bring that point home even stronger, the staff decided it’d be “fun” to ride our bikes to Greenville (120 miles).

We plan to make stops in communities along the way including London, Xenia, Tipp City, Troy, and Piqua. We are inviting anyone to join us for any leg they choose on the unsupported ride.  I’ve challenged Mayor Mike Bowers of Greenville to lead the riders into town.

All well and good, but there is that matter of actually riding 120 miles over two days.  I’m likely the weakest link, the oldest on staff, and probably not as fit as my younger counterparts.  I started my weekly training rides on Mothers Day 3 weeks ago. Five miles my first ride out, last week 11 miles, yesterday on Memorial Day 16.5 (I feel like a three year old, but that .5 counts!).  My legs are holding up fine, but I am a little saddle sore. I figure with three months to train, I’ve got this! So as we organize and train, follow our progress on Instagram #HOIRides and plan to join us.


PS I’m not riding back.

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Call for Conference Session Proposals

Heritage Ohio is currently planning for our Annual Conference to be held in Columbus October 5-7, 2015. If you have a session that might be interesting to our audience of revitalization & preservation advocates and professionals link HERE for our proposal guidelines, proposals will be accepted through February 28.

Conference crowd

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Dollars and Sense of Building Rehabilitation Findlay Ohio August 8, 2014

Heritage Ohio will bring their popular Building Rehabilitation Workshop to Findlay, Ohio August 8th. Historic commercial centers are seeing a strong resurgence in economic activity, as walk-able communities and urban living become more prevalent. This workshop is a good opportunity for building owners to learn more about successful  financial strategies and  how tools such as historic tax credits are used to renovate historic commercial structures.  To view the agenda and register click HERE.

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4th Annual Appalachia Heritage Luncheon May 8, 2014

These passionate speakers shared their success stories with us today at the Statehouse

These passionate speakers shared their success stories with us today at the Statehouse

Today May 8th, was Heritage Ohio’s fourth annual Appalachia Heritage Luncheon held in partnership with Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area. The luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate a variety of “success stories” that represent regional culture: art, music, food, business, history, science, preservation etc. These success stories are presented by people who have great passion for what they do, and that they do it in Appalachia Ohio.  Appalachia is a region whose people have too quietly been content to succeed and thrive regardless of popular misconceptions of the region. But, we are not content to let them keep these bright successes under the bushel basket. Once a year we share their stories with the Ohio General Assembly and a growing network of movers and shakers who are passionate advocates for making Ohio a better place.
Today we heard success stories from:
Ada Woodson Adams from the Multicultural Genealogical Center in Chesterhill
Bill Baker from the Millersburg Brewery in Millersburg
Kim Bauer from Portsmouth, telling the story of their floodwall mural project
Deana and Marvin Clark, founders of the Ohio Valley Opry in McConnelsville
Maryann Hartwick, a founder of the Southeast Ohio Astronomical Society in Athens
Dan Long from Greenfield which chose to restore their spectacular McClain High School
Don McKendry who helped found the John & Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord
Elsa Thompson who with her husband founded the Bird Watchers Digest out of Marietta
Geoff Schenkel also from Marietta whose REsolve Studios is a mutli-art production space for all populations

Each of these speakers is doing their bit to change the world to a better place.

Thank you for sharing your stories with all of us in Columbus today.

These speakers shared their success stories at our luncheon today.


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Dollars and Sense of Building Rehabilitation- Steubenville 4.11.14

Heritage Ohio is proud to announce another educational workshop to help individuals and communities understand the tools available for historic buildings.  Our next Dollars and Sense Workshop will be held in Steubenville on April 11th.  This workshop is located to be central to much of eastern Ohio.  To view the agenda click Dollars and Sense of Building Rehabilitation

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