Main Street Medina Seeks Executive Director

The mission of Main Street Medina (MSM) is to lead the effort for preservation, economic sustainability, and continued evolution of the historic district as the heart of the community.

The Executive Director supports that mission by coordinating activities within a downtown revitalization program that utilizes historic preservation as an integral foundation for the Uptown/Medina Historic District’s economic development.  The Main Street Medina Executive Director is responsible for the development, conduct, execution, compliance, and documentation of the Main Street Medina program.  The Executive Director is responsible for coordinating all programmatic, marketing, and fundraising activities, as well as representing the community regionally and nationally as needed.

Specific duties include

“Face” of MSM / Community engagement activities:

·         Assist the MSM’s Board of Directors and committees in developing an annual action plan for implementing an Historic District revitalization program and activities that focus on these areas: supporting economic development of the Historic District and promoting and marketing the development and rich history of Medina’s Uptown Square and MSM.

·         Attend all MSM Board and committee meetings; maintain and encourage positive working relationships with all  Historic District business owners, organizations and property owners; attend other City meetings as needed.

·         Participate in relevant training / professional development / media events, locally and nationally.

·         Oversee and be a strong presence at MSM special events and fundraising activities.

·         Oversee the operations of the Medina Farmers Market.

Economic development support:

·         Direct efforts to recruit businesses, retain and expand existing businesses, and provide information, expertise, and appropriate referrals to business owners.

·         Direct efforts to market the Historic District to outside businesses by working with City personnel, the Medina Chamber of Commerce, realtors, and building owners to enhance the quality of retail and commercial space.

·         Facilitate development strategies that are based on historic preservation and economic stability.

Administrative / Organizational:

·         Coordinate the activities of the MSM program committees, ensuring effective communication among committees and with the Board; assist committee volunteers with implementation of work plan activities.

·         Manage all administrative aspects of the Main Street program, including purchasing; record keeping; budget development and tracking; accounting; preparing all reports required by Heritage Ohio and national Main Street programs; assisting with the preparation of reports to funding agencies and grant applications relative to the District; and supervising employees or consultants working on these activities. Monitor records and documents to ensure compliance at state and federal levels.

·         Develop funding sources and sponsors/fundraising opportunities for program support and the expansion of the MSM program.

·         Oversee employees, currently 2 part-time personnel. Oversee the Farmers Market Manager. Coordinate and manage volunteers.

Marketing and promotions:

·         Work closely with local and Cleveland/Akron area media to ensure maximum coverage of MSM activities; be familiar with and encourage graphic and design excellence in all aspects of promotion, in order to advance the MSM program.

·         Coordinate basic design and placement of MSM promotions and news in proper outlets.  Historically, the MSM ED has launched a minimum of 150 press releases per year.

·         Maintain and update MSM website and other social media outlets, with strong emphasis on Facebook; be active on other MSM-appropriate outlets.

·         Be a capable and engaging presence in the community and region; able to effectively create engagement opportunities through MSM.

Design and preservation:

·         Build partnerships to create a consistent revitalization program and develop effective management and leadership within the Historic District.

·         Encourage preservation of historic building stock, interfacing with relevant Medina city and county officials, as well as other committees (ex. Community Design Committee).

Other duties as assigned.


Must be entrepreneurial, energetic, well-organized, a self-starter able to facilitate cooperation between multiple interest groups/stakeholders, as well as independent, with the ability to perform with minimal supervision.

Deep knowledge of historic preservation, as well as a thorough understanding of nonprofit management/direction and nonprofit culture.

Articulate; outstanding public speaking and written communication skills.

Able to work non-standard hours, including evenings and weekends, with occasional overnight travel.

A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.


Bachelors Degree or equivalent job knowledge and skills. Deep knowledge of historic preservation.

National Main Street Certification is desirable.

Computer skills:

All Microsoft Office Suite software, including PowerPoint and Publisher.  Ability with Illustrator and Adobe a plus.

Physical requirements:

Able to lift/move 50 pounds and stand or walk for long periods of time.


To apply:

Submit cover letter and resume to msmedinasearch@gmail.com, by May 20th.  Please include salary requirements within the cover letter.

Please, no phone calls to the Main Street Medina office.

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Troy Main Street Seeks Executive Director

Troy Main Street Executive Director Job Description

1. Work Objective
The Troy Main Street Director coordinates activity within a downtown revitalization program which utilizes historic preservation an integral foundation for downtown economic development. The Director is the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating all project activities locally as well as for representing the community regionally and nationally as appropriate.

2. Full Range of Duties to be Performed

A. Develop, in conjunction with the Troy Main Street Board of Trustees, strategies for downtown economic development through historic preservation utilizing the community’s human and economic resources. Become familiar with all persons and groups directly or indirectly involved in the downtown commercial district. Assist the Troy Main Street’s Board of Trustees and committees in developing an
annual action plan for implementing a downtown revitalization program focused on four areas; design/historic preservation, marketing, operations/management, and business enhancement/development.

B. Coordinate activity of Troy Main Street committees, ensure that communication between committees is well established; assist committees with implementation of work plan items.

C. Coordinate all administrative aspects of Troy Main Street, including purchasing, record keeping, budget development and accounting, business inventory, preparing all reports required by the state Main Street Program and by the National Main Street Center, and assisting with the preparation of reports to funding agencies.

D. Develop and maintain a close working relationship with the City of Troy to ensure that all aspects of the downtown revitalization efforts are compatible with the goals and objectives of the City.

E. Coordinate and participate in ongoing public awareness and education programs designed to enhance appreciation of the downtown’s architecture and other assets and to foster an understanding of Troy Main Street’s goals and objectives. Through speaking engagements, media interviews and appearances, keep Troy Main Street highly visible in the community.

F. Assist individual tenants or property owners with physical improvement projects through personal consultation or by obtaining and supervising professional design
consultants; assist in locating appropriate contractors and materials; provide advice and guidance on necessary financial mechanisms for physical improvements.

G. Assess the management capacity of downtown businesses and encourage improvements in the downtown community’s ability to undertake joint activities such as promotional events, advertising, special events, and business recruitment. Encourage cooperation between downtown interests and local public officials.

H. Work closely with local media to ensure maximum event coverage; encourage design excellence in all aspects of promotion in order to advance an image of quality for the downtown.

I. Represent the community at the local, state, and national levels to important constituencies. Speak effectively on Troy Main Street’s directions and findings. Help build strong and productive working relationships with appropriate public agencies at the local and state levels.

3. Resource Management Responsibilities
The Director supervises any necessary temporary or permanent part-time employees, as well as professional consultants. He/she participates in personnel and project evaluations. The Director maintains Troy Main Street records and reports, establishes technical resource files and libraries, and prepares regular reports for the state Main Street Program. The Director monitors the annual budget through monthly financial reports.

4. Job Knowledge and Skills Required
The Director should have a bachelor’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: public relations, marketing, volunteer recruitment/management, event planning and management, commercial district management, small business development, non-profit administration, fundraising, architecture, and retailing. The Director must be sensitive to design and preservation issues. The Director must understand the issues confronting downtown business people, property owners, public agencies, and community organizations. The Director must be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized, and capable of functioning effectively in a very independent situation. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. Supervisory skills are desirable.

Minimum Requirements 1. Skills and experience meet description above; 2. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; 3. Proficient in Social Media, Microsoft Office and Excel; 4. Must be able to work occasional nights and weekends; 5. Must be able to lift 30 pounds.

Application Process The deadline for submitting an application is January 31, 2015. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to the Troy Main Street Board of Trustees at troymainstreetresumes@gmail.com. All submissions must be electronic. Compensation is commensurate with experience, and does not include medical benefits.

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Giving Tuesday

We hope that you and your family had an incredible Thanksgiving holiday this year and you survived Small Business Saturday shopping! Thankfulness and generosity are part of what make the holiday season great. Tuesday, December 1 is Giving Tuesday and we hope you will make 2016 a brighter year for the State of Ohio.

You may be aware Heritage Ohio has created a revolving loan fund called Save Ohio’s Treasures to help protect historic buildings in community’s like yours. With generous contributions from The Turner Foundation and The 1772 Foundation, we have the framework of the program in place, but now we need your help to raise the funds to make the program effective. We have begun fundraising for the first $10,000 installment to the program and are asking for your generous support to get there!

There are two ways you can help reach our goal this giving season:

  1. Send a check to:
    Heritage Ohio
    846 1/2 East Main Street
    Columbus, OH 43205
  2. Make an online donation. Just fill out your personal information, whether you would like to make it a one-time donation or a recurring gift, and the amount you would like to give in the OTHER box.

We know with your support, we can protect and restore many of the threatened historic structures that make Ohio great! Thank you for helping save the places that matter!


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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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Main Street on the Rocks: Utilizing Liquor Licenses in Revitalization Districts Webinar

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wooster,_Ohio#/media/File:Wooster_downtown2.jpg

Join us on July 8, 2015, 1 PM-2 PM

Downtown Revitalization is never an easy endeavor, but for communities striving for a healthy and vibrant urban core, there are many tools available. One of the most effective tools is the Revitalization District Liquor Permit Designation. Pioneered by Main Street Wooster and the City of Wooster with assistance from Heritage Ohio, this legislation allows a downtown to access more liquor permits than would otherwise be available, thus making restaurant retention and attraction a considerably easier prospect. Join us as we interview Main Street Wooster Executive Director, Sandra Hull, and the Wooster Chamber of Commerce Director, Justin Starlin, to discuss the Revitalization District Legislation, how it works, and what it has meant for Wooster.

Register Here

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Lakewood Alive leads restoration process for 1446 Mars Avenue home

While the majority of our Ohio Main Street Programs devote 100% of their time to improving their respective downtowns, some programs have begun dipping their toes into the residential revitalization pool. Main Street Wooster helped make the Howey Houses project a reality, and Main Street Medina recently completed its Renew Medina project to give new life to a neglected residence adjacent to the downtown.

Now, Lakewood Alive has teamed with Detroit Shoreway to rehab a former boarding house back into a single-family home. You can learn more about the home’s happy outcome here (and make sure you check out the Before/After image gallery at the bottom of the post).

Although downtown revitalization programs have traditionally focused their resources solely on work to improve the business district, we’ve come to learn that the downtown’s health is more often than not inextricably tied to the health of the surrounding neighborhoods, including the residential neighborhoods that ring the downtown. Programs that have forged community partnerships, and that have the financial and human resources to take on these special projects, are finding that their mission-driven accomplishments sometimes happen outside of the downtown, as well as in the downtown.

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Preservation Month Photo Contest | And the winner is…

Thank you to everyone who voted this year, and congratulations to Judith Khaner, this year’s winner!

Judith’s winning image features the interior of the Arcade, a Cleveland landmark revitalized for shops and hotel use in the early 2000s. As this year’s winner, Judith’s image will be featured on a future issue of Revitalize Ohio.

Whether entering our contest or voting for a winning entry, we hope you’ll join us next year for Preservation Month for our 2016 Photo Contest.

Here’s Judith’s winning entry:

The Arcade

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2015 Annual Awards Call for Nominations

It’s time once again to honor the people, places and projects that exemplify Heritage Ohio’s commitment to growth through preservation and revitalization. Award nominations are due by 5:00 PM, Monday June 15, 2015, for projects completed by December 31, 2014. This year, nominations will be available beginning Wednesday, May 1. We will be accepting nominations for 13 awards using the 2015 Annual Awards nomination form below.

We are continuing to encourage the submission of digital video files that tell the story of the nominee or project. Just include the video file as part of the nomination form that you submit. We look forward to seeing your nominations!



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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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ODSA Announces Cincinnati Historic Tax Credit Event

You are invited to celebrate Cincinnati’s Historic Buildings… 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
10:00 a.m.
21c Museum Hotel
609 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 

The Ohio Development Services Agency invites you to this special event to celebrate Cincinnati’s preservation of historic landmarks. Speakers include David Goodman, Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency; Mary Cusick, Chief of TourismOhio; Stephen Leeper of the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) and Kevin Pape of the Over-the-Rhine Foundation. Join us for a presentation and tour of the award-winning facility, 21c Museum Hotel and learn about other Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit projects coming to fruition in 2014.

Questions can be addressed to Nathaniel Kaelin, Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program Manager, at (614) 728-0995.

Parking available via valet (for a fee) and at nearby garages

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