Financing Historic Theater Redevelopment Webinar

May 16, 2017 1 pm – 2 pm


Historic theaters are key structures for creating a sense of place and often have a rich history of being a community’s economic driver. For theaters that have fallen into disrepair, changing their fate requires vision, planning, and a commitment to financing. During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, CDFA has partnered with Heritage Ohio to explore the wealth of financing tools available to redevelop historic theaters, including 501(c)(3) bonds, TIF, tax credits, and other creative programs. Join us for this special discussion as we highlight success stories from historic theaters across the U.S.

For this webinar, AIA members can receive 1.0 HSW credits. Please contact Joyce at jbarrett@heritageohio.org to receive your credit and get your certificate of completion.

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B Street Theatre, Sacramento, California

The B Street Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theater founded in 1986 by Timothy Busfield. Its mission is to promote education, literacy, social interaction, and cultural enrichment by engaging children and adults in the arts. The theatre is currently undergoing a $29 million renovation that includes bond financing, loans, guarantees, and grants. The new theater complex will include the 365-seat Sutter Children’s Theater and the 250-seat Mainstage Theater. B Street estimates that the new complex will allow them to serve 35,000 more children and families than their current venue.

RiNo Arts District, Denver, Colorado

The River North (RiNo) Arts District is located in Denver’s five points neighborhood; a historically industrial part of the city. As industry moved out of the city towards the turn of the century, the neighborhood was plagued with vacant buildings and poor infrastructure. In 2004 local neighborhood leaders started devising a plan to revitalize the area. This plan has been realized through the creation of a Business Improvement District and General Improvement District. The RiNo Arts District is now home to a bustling arts community that includes galleries, architects, and myriad creative businesses.


Capitol Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio

The Capitol Theatre first opened its doors on April 8, 1921 as a silent film house. The theatre remained a centerpiece of the Gordon Square neighborhood, but began to fall into disrepair following the outmigration of people from Cleveland after World War II. The Theatre was nearly torn down in 1978, but for the work of Detroit Shoreway Development Corporation to save it. The theatre was eventually closed in 1985 due to its poor condition. However, Detroit Shoreway continued to work to save this theatre and through the use loans, grants, historic tax credits, and New Markets Tax Credits, were able to reopen the fully renovated theatre in 2009. The three-stage, 602 seat theatre is now used as a cinema.

Next Stage Arts, Putney, Vermont

Next Stage is located inside 15 Kimball Hall, a beautiful, historic church built in 1841 in the heart of Putney, Vermont. The theater re-opened in 2016 as a fully accessible venue with an elevator and hearing assist technology. Other upgrades include air-conditioning and brand new seating. The 180 seat venue attracted hundreds of thousands of dollars of investment in the way of grants in order to support its renovation. The theater now holds events such as spoken word, independent film showings, and concerts.


Our Presenters

Nancee Trombley is the Chief Deputy Executive Director for the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (iBank) a division of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. She oversees IBank’s Infrastructure State Revolving Fund, the Bond Unit, and the Small Business Finance Center. Nancee earner a BS in Communications from California State University at Sacramento and an Executive MBA from California State University at Monterey Bay.


Tracy Weil, Co-Founder and Creative Director of the RiNo Art District, specializes in building community. The RiNo Art District is booming as Denver’s new creative community. Weil has been a driving force in the development of this creative district. Weil is also an visual artist painting for over 25 years, Weil continues to pursue his consulting practice as an advocate for artists and creating vibrant art focused communities.


Jeff Ramsey, is executive director of the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization. DSCDO has preserved 14 historic buildings and created nearly 300 units of affordable housing, many of which are located in the heart of Gordon Square, home to the Capitol Theater.



Billy Straus is an American music producer and songwriter. He is known for his work in children’s television including the Disney series Little Einsteins and Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?. He produced and mixed original Broadway cast albums for The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He won an Emmy Award for his work on Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He founded Rock River Communications to introduce the concept of non-traditional music distribution into the retail marketplace.


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Ohio Farmers’ Markets to Try This Summer

This summer, explore the unique downtowns and find tonight’s dinner at a farmers’ market in a Ohio Main Street & Downtown Affiliate community.


Amherst Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays,  4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – June – September

Cambridge Main Street Farmers’ Market
Fridays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – May – September

Chardon Farmers’ Market
Fridays, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM – June 2 – September 8

Coshocton Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM – May – October

(Dayton) 2nd Street Market
Thursday – Saturday, year-round, Outdoor Market Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM – June – October

Defiance Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – May – November

Main Street Delaware Farmers’ Market
May 27 – October 28 – Wednesdays, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Saturdays, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Downtown Franklin Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – June 4 – September 24

Downtown Fremont Farmers’ Market
Select Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – June 17 – October 21 – See Schedule

Greenfield Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – May 28 – October 15

Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – June 3 – October 14

Grove City Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM – May 21 – September 10

Hilliard Farm Market
Tuesdays, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – May 30 – September 12

(Kent) Haymaker Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – May – October

Lakewood Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – June 24 – October 14

Lebanon Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM – May 18 – October 19

(Marietta) Farmers’ Market on Front Street 
Tuesdays, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM – May 16 – August 29

Medina Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – May 27 – October 14

(Millersburg) Holmes County Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM – June – October

Mount Vernon Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – May – October

(Newark) Canal Market District Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays & Fridays, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – May – October

Oberlin Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – May – October

Painesville Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM – May – October

Piqua Community Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM – June 1 – September 14

Port Clinton Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – June – September

Main Street Portsmouth Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – May – October

Downtown Ravenna Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM – June – September

Sandusky Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM – May – October

The Great Sidney Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM – May 27 – October 14

(Somerset) Perry County Farmers’ Market
Satursdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

(Tiffin) Seneca County Farmers Market 
Second Saturday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – June – October

Tipp City Marketplace
Thursdays, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM – June 8 – October 19

Downtown Troy Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – June 11 – October 8

(Urbana) Champaign County Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – May – October

Van Wert Market on Main
Fridays, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Main Street Vermilion Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM – June 24-September 9

Main Street Wadsworth Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – July 1 – September 30

Wellington Farmers’ Market
Fridays, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – June – October

Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM – May – October

(Wilmington) Clinton County Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM – June – October (Seasonal Schedule Changes, Market Open March -December)

Downtown Wooster Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM – June 3 – October 28

Worthington Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM – May – October

(Xenia) Greene County Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM – June – October



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Our Preservation Month Photo Contest is Open for Entries!

Preservation Month is just around the corner and our 8th Annual Preservation Month Photo Contest is now open for entries! We’re looking for great subject matter capturing the spirit of preservation & revitalization in our communities.

This year’s theme is “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.” We’re looking for photos that can tell us a good preservation story and convey a message of the importance of preservation & revitalization in Ohio.

When you get that perfect shot, submit it to us. We have a limit of one entry per person, so you have to send us your very best! You can enter here (we have the form at the bottom of the page) or post your entry on our Facebook wall using the hashtag #heritageohiophotocontest. You can also enter through Instagram, again using the hashtag #heritageohiophotocontest.

Some important contest dates to remember:
Friday, April 28-Friday, May 26 | Photo entries accepted
Friday, June 2 | Finalists unveiled and online voting begins
Friday, June 9 | Online voting ends
Monday, June 12 | We announce the winning photo

As with past years, we’ll feature the contest winner’s photo on the cover of Revitalize Ohio. Plus, you get bragging rights for maybe having the coolest preservation photo in Ohio!

Don’t forget: our theme is “A picture is worth a thousand words” so make sure you convey your image’s story on the entry form you complete. Be creative and original with your photo composition…we love photo entries depicting historic buildings in use. Make sure your image highlights Ohio subject matter. And finally, use your best judgment as to whether or not you should get permission from the building owner before photographing your subject matter.

Our 2016 winner, Carl E. Feather, captured The Night Train Approaching Ashtabula.


Good luck!

Preservation Month 2017 Photo Contest

  • We'll send a notification email to the above email address when we receive your completed Preservation Month 2016 Photo Contest form.
    Clicking on "I Agree" means the entrant submitting this image agrees to allow your image and your name and city to be published and used by Heritage Ohio including, but not limited to, print, web, and electronic form, without any monetary compensation. If photographer is under 18, the parent or legal guardian of the entrant must click the "I Agree" button.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, gif, tiff, bmp, png.
    Upload your image file here. Try to limit your file size to not more than 5 MB to ensure your file uploads to our website. If you don't see a confirmation on your screen after uploading, try your image again.

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Defiance Development & Visitors Bureau Hiring Executive Director

Defiance Development & Visitors Bureau is hiring an executive director. Required skills include:

  • The executive director should have education and experience in one or more of the following areas:  marketing, communication, city planning, economic development, volunteer management, small business development, event planning, or non-profit administration.
  • The executive director must understand the issues confronting downtown businesses, property owners, public agencies and community organizations.
  • The executive director should possess excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as supervisory skills.
  • The executive director should be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, detail oriented, well organized and capable of functioning effectively in a very independent situation.
  • Knowledge of the National Main Street Approach and a basic understanding of Microsoft Office, social media marketing and Quickbooks is preferred.

To view the complete job post, click here.

Applications are due by May 10, 2017.

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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.

Heritage Ohio Members Register Here

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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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Executive Director Search Begins for Main Street Greenville

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What’s Happening on Main Street – April 2017

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  • Clean Your Block Party – Delaware

    Main Street Delaware, the Delaware General Health District, and the City of Delaware are teaming up to have a “Clean Your Block Party”. Come join the party!


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Ohio’s Best Historic Bars to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

image via Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern

1.  The Euclid Tavern – Cleveland

Referred to locals as “the Euc”, the Euclid Tavern has operated in University Circle since 1909. It’s long had a reputation of being a hangout for college students and blue collar workers.

In the 80s and 90s, the bar hosted some of the famous names of the era including Green Day, Helmet, and Ween. It was also a filming location in the Michael J. Fox movie, “Light of Day”.

After several changes in ownership, the Euclid Tavern is now home to Happy Dog, but still retains the vibe and classic neon sign.


image via ClutchMov

2. Harmar Tavern – Marietta

Located in the historic Harmar Village on the westside of Marietta, the Harmar Tavern has been operating since 1900. It is a casual neighborhood bar and home to the “Soon to be Famous Fried Bologna Sandwich” and reportedly, a few ghosts.

The Harmar Tavern is a favorite among college students and locals alike, and has an amazing patio too.


image via The Backstretch

3. The Backstretch – Delaware

A great place for a bite to eat and a beer, The Backstretch has called downtown Delaware home since 1982. The bar is the latest to operate out of this historic space. The space housed other famous spots, including Buttsy’s Bar and Grill and Holly’s Place.

A favorite among locals, we recommend you stop in on your next visit to Delaware.


image via OTR Matters

4. Arnold’s Bar & Grill – Cincinnati

Since Simon Arnold opened up in 1861, Arnold’s Bar & Grill has been a legendary haunt in downtown Cincinnati. The tavern survived prohibition by opening a kitchen and has remained popular for both food and drink, as well as live music, ever since.


image via Kent Wired

5. Ray’s Place – Kent

Ray’s Place has been a fixture of downtown Kent since 1937. Fans of sports bars should make a pilgrimage to Ray’s. It is considered to be one of the first, if not the first sports bar in the US. There is even a book detailing the history of this Kent landmark.

Ray’s Place is also the namesake of the Ray’s Place Entrepreneurship Scholarship at Kent State University, promoting entrepreneurship and business innovation.


image via Elevator Brewing

6. Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus- Columbus

Located in the historic Columbia Building in downtown Columbus, the Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus is one of the most visually striking bars in the city. The bar started off as the Bott Brother’s Billiards 1897, operating until prohibition. It later became the famous The Clock Restaurant, before opening as Elevator in 2000.

Unlike the other bars on this list, this one has an interesting award that very few in the US can boast. The back-bar won a blue ribbon for craftsmanship at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893!

Elevator’s beer is brewed just a few blocks away on North Fourth Street and you can visit their 13th Floor Taproom on site.

Heritage Ohio holds a historic conservation easement on the Columbia Building.



Image via Ye Olde Trail Tavern

7. Ye Olde Trail Tavern – Yellow Springs

The Ye Olde Trail Tavern is Ohio’s oldest tavern and second oldest restaurant behind the Golden Lamb in Lebanon. Opened in 1827 to serve travelers moving between Columbus and Cincinnati, the tavern is a must-stop historic destination in downtown Yellow Springs.

Like the Harman Tavern, this location is home to a few friendly spirits too.


image via Cleveland.com

8. Ontario Street Cafe – Cleveland

The Ontario Street Cafe, in the historic Gateway District in downtown Cleveland, is like stepping back in time. Not much has changed in the historic bar, which should be part of the appeal to any history loving bar-goer. Beyond the historic appeal, the Ontario is renowned for fantastic corned beef sandwiches and reasonably priced drinks. Cheers!


image via Courthouse Inn & Restaurant

9. Courthouse Inn & Restaurant – Lisbon

I don’t think I have ever told someone to visit a place to check out a bathroom, but you have to see the bathroom! The Courthouse Inn & Restaurant in downtown Lisbon is a sight to see. Housed in the historic Hamilton Building, the Courthouse Inn serves up amazing vegetarian fare that even a carnivore can love, and great cocktails, too. They also have an amazing patio, so make sure to pay them a visit on St. Patrick’s Day and again in warmer weather.

Back to the bathrooms. It, like most of the place, is very artistically designed. Quite possibly the most luxurious bathroom in all of Ohio. Trust us, just go see it.


Shop Local on Main Street & Etsy! St Patrick’s Day Picks from Ohio Shops:

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2017 Heritage Ohio Annual Awards Call For Nominations

What is the awards nomination process?

To nominate a a person, building, or project, simply complete this form and attach supporting documents and high-resolution photos (Limit 9.75 MB). If your documents or photos are large files, please email them to fquinn@heritageohio.org with the name of the nomination in the title of the email. To view a detailed description of the awards categories, view the 2017 Awards List.

All nominations must be received by July 3, 2017. Nominations that do not follow the formatting provided in the form and incomplete entries will NOT be accepted.

Not sure if your nomination fits a category? Contact us at 614-258-6200 or fquinn@heritageohio.org and we will be happy to discuss the nomination with you.

Where will the awards ceremony be held?

The 2017 Heritage Ohio Annual Awards Ceremony will take place on October 17, 2017 at the Sheraton Columbus on Capitol Square. Tickets to the conference will go on sale in June of 2017.

Here’s a sampling of 2016 Annual Awards winners:


Best Main Street Committee Project or Event –
Main Street Kent Art & Wine Festival




Best Downtown Placemaking –
Mulberry Street Sidewalk Cafe




Main Street Business of the Year –
Off the Wagon Shop in Kent




Main Street Manager of the Year –
Heather Malarcik




Historic Theater of the Year –
Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta




Best Public Building Rehabilitation –
The Columbian Building in Lancaster




Best Public Private Partnership –
The Phoenix Block in Ravenna




Best Residential Rehabilitation –
530 South Court Street in Medina




Best Commercial Rehabilitation – Small Community
The Carlisle Building in Chillicothe




Best Commercial Rehabilitation – Large Community
Goodyear Hall in Akron




Best Public Leader in Revitalization Award
Kimberly Marshall – City of Medina




Spirit of Main Street Award
Linda Shearer of Main Street Delaware




Preservation Hero Award
Martha Boice

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Save the Places that Matter to You on #GivingTuesday


Thank you for being part of Ohio’s historic preservation and community revitalization movement. Like us, you want to save the places where your most cherished memories took place. Whether it’s in your hometown, or the place you call home now, we know how important these places are to you. On #GivingTuesday, November 29th, donate and say, “I want to save the places that matter to me and my family!”

What Your Donation Means:

Saving the Places that Matter – Heritage Ohio has worked to save hundreds of beloved historic buildings throughout Ohio. By returning these treasured buildings to use, we help your favorite small businesses succeed, as well as improve the quality of life in your community.

Building Community – All of us want strong, prosperous communities to live and work in. Heritage Ohio helps communities like yours succeed by using the unique buildings and talent that reside in your town. We provide the information and assistance needed to take the next step and make smart decisions that allow your community to thrive.

Living Better – Heritage Ohio advocates for you and your community at the local, state, and national levels. We are letting legislators and officials know what we need to make Ohio the best place to raise our families, create meaningful careers, and building a better life for all Ohioans.

How to Donate:

You can donate online now by clicking the button below:


If you would prefer to send a check, please mail your donation to:

Heritage Ohio
846 ½ East Main Street
Columbus, OH 43205




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