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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Dollars and Sense of Rehabilitation

Heritage Ohio is again offering a series of workshops to help individuals and communities understand the historic building rehabilitation process.

We will be offering four workshops during 2014. Participants will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from Ohio Development Services Agency and the Ohio Historic Preservation Office. We will have a building owner share their experience in using historic tax credits, and other professionals involved in successful rehabilitation projects.

The next workshops will be:
February 24 in Dayton
April 11 in Steubenville
August 8 in Findlay
October 13 in Portsmouth

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Appalachia Heritage 3 Minute Success Story Nominations

The Appalachia Heritage Luncheon was conceived by Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area and Heritage Ohio as an opportunity to share the many diverse successes that highlight the past and future of Ohio’s Appalachia Region.  Selected project representatives each present their projects’ story, providing exposure to many successes in Appalachia.

Nominations are now being accepted to present 3-minute success stories of projects which have created, enhanced, preserved and/or improved the value and understanding of Ohio’s Appalachia Heritage, and as a result improved quality of life,  created meaningful employment or entrepreneurial opportunities to be presented at the 2014 Appalachia Heritage Luncheon, held in the Ohio’s Capital Building Rotunda.

To nominate a project fill out this form Appalachia Heritage Success Stories Nomination Form

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Jeff Speck Walkable Cities Webinar January 15th


We’re excited to start our 2014 Webinar Series with a nationally recognized speaker, Jeff Speck, author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time. His book delves into the practices that have become entrenched in our society, and he discusses what REALLY works to make out cities more livable. Speck is a city planner and architectural designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl.

Heritage Ohio webinars are a benefit of membership. Click here to join Heritage Ohio

Heritage Ohio members may register for the webinar HERE

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Special Improvement Districts- Rescheduled for August 28

Heritage Ohio members are invited to join Mark Lammon from the Downtown Cleveland Alliance for a discussion about Special Improvement Districts.  This webinar will have three parts 1) creation of a special improvement district and technical assistance; 2) managing the relationship and implementing the district plan; and 3) expansion and relationships outside of the SID.  To register members should click HERE

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The Dollars and Sense of Rehabilitation: A Community Approach

Workshop Added   Lebanon August 27, 2013

Join us for this workshop which prepares both the community and building owners to succeed at rehabilitating historic buildings.
Learn about building codes from an architect, hear a building owners testimonial to her experience, learn more about financing and structuring the deals and more about some of the funding options that are available including historic tax credits.

This workshop is designed for building owners, city staff and revitalization enthusiasts.

Link HERE to review the agenda and register.

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