2015 Annual Conference

The Heritage Ohio Annual Revitalization and Preservation Conference returns to the historic Westin Columbus October 5-7 in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

This year’s conference will once again present great learning opportunities for preservationists, community revitalization volunteers, and development professionals. There will be many activities such as field sessions, educational workshops, hands on training, and the chance to network with like-minded community members. In addition, AIA credits will be offered on many of the sessions.

Conference Presentations

2015 Conference Registration Fee Chart


Heritage Ohio Annual Conference Sessions

2015 Annual Conference Accommodations

Register is now closed!



Donovan Rypkema is principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development consulting firm. The firm specializes in services to public and non-profit sector clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures. In 2004 Rypkema established Heritage Strategies International, a new firm created to provide similar services to worldwide clients. He also teaches a graduate course in preservation economics at the University of Pennsylvania.


Mary Means has spent more than 30 years building bridges between plans and people. She has helped scores of cities, towns, counties and civic interest groups make their communities better places to live, work and visit. Prior to entering consulting, Mary led the team that created the National Main Street program at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

The 2015 Legacy Circle Reception will be held on October 5. This reception, held every year at the annual conference, honors the support and generosity of our Legacy Circle members. This year the Legacy Circle Reception will be held at:

The Julian Building

272 South Front Street,

Columbus, Ohio 43215

If you are interested in information about our membership opportunities, click on the membership tab at top of the page.

Thank you to everyone who has joined Heritage Ohio this year as a conference sponsor. Your support helps us keep conference registration prices affordable. Thanks to:
Boulevard Strategies
Brad DeHays
Buckeye Hills-HVRDD
Chambers Murphy & Burge
Cheryl Stephens
Coon Restoration
Craig Gossman/Source 3 Development
CT Consultants
DS Architecture
FirstMerit Bank
Frontier Communications
global X
Gray & Pape
Heritage Architectural Associates
John Gerlach & Company LLP
Lamplight Industries
Longwell Legal LLC
Marvin Windows
MCM Company
Novogradac & Company LLP
Ohio Arts Council
Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
Ohio Group Insurance Consultants
Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office
OHM Advisors
Orton Family Foundation
Perfect Balance
Plante Moran
Poggemeyer Design Group
Rausche Historic Preservation, LLC
Sandvick Architects
Schooley Caldwell Associates
TRIAD Architects
Ulmer & Berne LLP
Union Metal


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8 Responses to “2015 Annual Conference”
  1. gregg harris says:

    Your fee schedule indicates that city and county officials Session ONLY are free. Which session or are all sessions on Tuesday free? Does an official mean staff or elected official?

    Gregg Harris

    • devin says:

      Hello Gregg,

      The municipal/county/elected officials Tuesday free session registration admits 1 employee for the day. The person can attend any session they choose during the day, but there are sessions taking place that were designed with the officials in mind. There is also an elected officials only luncheon on Tuesday.

      In addition to this, City/Village members get a free 2-day registration as well. So something to consider when deciding which officials and staff will attend.

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  3. Virginia Maria Grilli says:

    I represent our City in an appointed position. Do I qualify for the complimentary municipal registration on Tuesday? Thank you. FYI – I have tried numerous times (unsuccessfully) to reach someone in your office by phone.

    • frank says:

      Hello Virginia, Thanks for your interest, and our apologies as we were spread out today, on a couple site visits. Regarding your complimentary registration, if you are the top appointed official in city/county government (ie, city manager, county executive) then you would qualify. Also, any city with a Heritage Ohio membership receives one free conference registration, so that could be a possibility, too.

  4. Kimberly Hahn says:

    Where will you hold the 2016 Conference?
    I am Council-at-Large in Steubenville, working on revitalization of our historic downtown.

  5. Richard says:

    Is registration for the conference now closed?