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Main Street Board Member 101 Webinar

April 12, 2017 1 pm – 2 pm

Join us to hear from a long-time Main Street volunteer, board member and ex-president on the ins and outs of giving time to a local Main Street program. This webinar will be in an interview format to cover everything a new or existing board member needs know. We will ask about personal reasons for involvement, how to manage personal time, work time and volunteer time. How to take breaks when you need them. How to integrate the whole family. How to be a volunteer who manages staff. And much, much more. Come prepared with your own questions and join us for this webinar.

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PRESENTER BIO

Nicole Fowles is the Communications Manager for the Delaware County District Library. She is also a current board member and past president of the Main Street Delaware program. In her tenure with Main Street Delaware, the program was annually accredited, reached its 15 year anniversary, and then-Executive Director Frances Jo Hamilton was awarded with Main Street Manager of the Year. Nicole’s strengths as a board member lie in organization, commitment and conflict resolution.

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Stoddart Block Easement

260 S 4th St,
Columbus, OH 43215

 

In December of 2013, Heritage Ohio received a conservation easement on the Stoddart Block, and the adjoining Zettler Building, in downtown Columbus. For a building that began life as a furniture store, the newest chapter in its history would depend on millennials in search of a vibrant downtown.

As millennials continue to descend on downtown locations to live (and Columbus is no different than other big cities) the cost of prime downtown rentals continues to increase. To stem the rising rental cost, developers have turned to a new model: micro-living.

Trading off a living room in your apartment with a downtown “living room” full of entertainment options, the apartments’ modest square footage is ideally suited for the typical 20-something that hasn’t accumulated a lifetime of stuff or children! And pricing remains affordable—you can net a downtown Columbus address for less than $1,000 a month.

Beginning its existence as the Frohock Furniture Company, the building was well-suited for a conversion to residential use. From a financial standpoint, granting a conservation easement to Heritage Ohio provided the charitable deduction to the building owner that ultimately helped the project move forward. However, both the federal and state tax credits also provided critical sources of capital to make the project a reality.

Commented director Joyce Barrett, “The Stoddart and Zettler renovations brought new downtown living options, and a couple popular eateries, but also showed how historic buildings created for a specific use can be creatively repurposed to meet today’s needs.”

 

For more information on Heritage Ohio’s easement program, contact Frank Quinn at fquinn@heritageohio.org or at 614.258.6200.

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Webinar: How Autonomous Cars Will Reshape Our Cities

Autonomous cars are coming. What was once a futuristic concept, often associated with pop culture films like Minority Report, is not only possible, but is coming very soon to a roadway near you. Autonomous cars are precisely what the term “disruptive technology” describes. It is technology that will fundamentally change much of what we know about personal transportation – changing our habits, our preferences, and our opportunities, and nothing will be more impacted by these changes than our cities.

 

This technology is not only being rapidly developed, it is being defined by the largest and most influential corporations in the world. Much-publicized efforts by Google have already resulted in over 1 million self-driven test miles in California, with recent expansion to Texas. Subsequently, Apple Inc., numerous car manufacturers, and leading automotive technology companies have joined in the accelerating efforts to refine this technology and bring it to market. Most recently, Uber has set up its own dedicated lab to create a fleet of driverless vehicles, creating a stir in the industry by hiring over 40 top robotics researchers from a competing lab at Carnegie Mellon to jump start their process.  Manufacturers such as Tesla have already implemented “autopilot” technology in vehicles, which is seen as a significant step toward introducing consumer autonomous technology.

 

As city planners, we must be on the forefront of understanding this technology and how we can prepare for the potential impacts. Our research team is concerned by the general lack of acceptance and understanding that we’ve encountered among planning professionals regarding the near-certain implementation of this technology. In response, we will outline the issue in the context of the planning profession, including the following topics:

 

  • Disruptive Urban Technologies – a brief history
  • Technology Today – where we are now (already pretty far along, by the way!) and what the next few years are likely to hold
  • Potential Adoption Trends – who, what, and where
  • Local and Regional Impacts for Planning – case studies of potential impacts ranging from regional transportation networks to site-specific urban neighborhoods

 

This presentation will include modeled scenarios for potential impacts to roadway networks, neighborhood development, and site design. Specific planning tasks such as comprehensive planning and zoning code revisions will be discussed as well, as they will be instrumental in preparing for -and adapting to- this emerging technology.

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Main Street Vermilion Hiring Executive Director

Main Street Vermilion has an immediate opening for a full-time Executive Director.  Applicants should have education and /or experience in the following areas:  planning, economic development, marketing, design, volunteer management, small business development, and coordination of community events.  The applicant should be entrepreneurial, energetic, well organized, friendly, and capable of working in an independent environment.  Of utmost importance will be promoting the City of Vermilion, Ohio, while energizing and supporting residents, merchants, and volunteers.  Salary range will be $28,000 – $30,000.  Send resume to Search Committee, Main Street Vermilion, 685 Main Street, Vermilion, OH 44089 or e-mail resume to mainstreetvermilion@centurytel.net.  For a full job description go to www.mainstreetvermilion.org.

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CDFA Seeks Vice President

The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) seeks a motivated, well-organized and experienced individual to fill the position of Vice President. This senior level position is critical to the continued success of CDFA’s education, advocacy, research, resources and networking efforts. This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic and enthusiastic person to contribute to a great organization, working to create economic prosperity across the country.

To view the complete listing, click here.

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