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Downtown Assessment

A Downtown Assessment Resource Team, (D.A.R.T). Visit is for any community in Ohio, which would like assistance in developing or enhancing a downtown revitalization program.


The community may be in the beginning stages of a downtown revitalization program or it may have a program that has been in existence for some time. For the beginning program, it is designed to set priorities and provide the consensus necessary for taking significant steps to provide solid business management to the downtown. It will also serve to introduce the community to the basic building blocks of a comprehensive long-term program: operations, marketing, design, and business enhancement.

For the community, which already has an existing downtown revitalization program up and running, the assessment visit will serve to bring in experienced people from around the state to assess the programs’ strengths and weaknesses or to focus specifically on designing solutions for problems or projects within the downtown.

The type of assistance needed is determined during the preliminary stages of planning the assessment. Interested communities are sent a “Community Assessment Checklist,” which asks some basic questions in the areas of Operations, Marketing, Design and Business Climate. Once completed and returned, Heritage Ohio is able to assemble a Downtown Assessment Resource Team composed of members whose expertise closely matches the needs of the responding community. The checklist is used as a starting point from which data is assembled and presentations designed to most accurately address the needs of the revitalization program.

The D.A.R.T. Visit will involve setting a full day aside for consideration of all factors relevant to the condition of the community’s downtown. D.A.R.T. members will arrive the evening before to tour the community and its downtown, meet with the local contact person, and review the agenda for the training session.

The  D.A.R.T. team will consist of Heritage Ohio staff and may include an Ohio Main Street Manager as well as various Ohio consultants and experts depending on the communities needs. Heritage Ohio will make a presentation and act as facilitators. During the D.A.R.T Visit, the local contact person or another volunteer is responsible for recording the results of group discussion, addressing any last minute changes or revisions, and maintaining any necessary follow-up contact with Heritage Ohio.

Member communities are asked to pay two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) to show commitment and to help defray the costs of presenting the D.A.R.T Visit.

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