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.

2015 Conference Registration Fee Chart


Heritage Ohio Annual Conference Sessions

2015 Annual Conference Accommodations

2015 Annual Conference Sponsorship

2015 Annual Conference Sponsorship Choices

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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Accepting Applications for Heritage Ohio Downtown Program Coordinator

Heritage Ohio is hiring the Downtown Program Coordinator position to coordinate the Franklin County Downtown Works program and assist in coordinating the Ohio Main Street Program. This position is full-time and only guaranteed for three years. The individual filling this position will be an employee of Heritage Ohio and answer to the Director of Revitalization. This position has three primary responsibilities in serving all Franklin County Municipalities except the City of Columbus, Ohio Main Street Communities and Ohio Downtown Affiliate Communities. The salary is negotiable and health benefits are included.


Franklin County Downtown Works
Serve as coordinator for the Franklin County Downtown Works Program

  • Meet with community leaders and stakeholders in all of the targeted municipalities to explain the Downtown Works program
  • Provide capacity building services including; board development, fundraising, community buy-in, strategic planning and work planning
  • Develop benchmarks, timetables and goals including mutual expectations for Heritage Ohio and participating communities
  • Orient and train downtown managers
  • Develop and implement county wide training and networking calendar
  • Collect and track economic impact statistics
  • Develop partnerships with government, business, and organizations to build further benefit to Franklin County communities
  • Providing on-going support through community visits, emails and phone consultations
  • Track visits, attendance, trainings, network meetings, phone calls and emails
  • Conduct Annual Review Process for Downtown Works communities
  • Educating and communicating with all elected officials in effective revitalization practices
  • Familiarity with all Franklin County marketing, mapping, economic development, marketing and small business programs
  • This position will work closely with Franklin County Economic Development staff and provide regular progress reports.


Ohio Main Street Program
Serve as associate coordinator of the Ohio Main Street Program

  • Develop and implement revitalization training series
  • Assist in putting on Heritage Ohio Annual Conference
  • Conduct Ohio Main Street Program Annual Evaluations
  • Collect and track economic impact statistics
  • Providing on-going support through community visits, emails and phone consultations
  • Track visits, attendance, trainings, network meetings, phone calls and emails
  • Assist in distribution and or collection of OMSP contracts, payments, monthly reports, and contact information


Downtown Affiliate Program
Serve as coordinator of the Downtown Affiliate Program

  • Providing on-going support through community visits, emails and phone consultations
  • Track visits, attendance, trainings, network meetings, phone calls and emails
  • Help support training needs and communication strategy with junior tier programs
  • Grow the Downtown Affiliate Program through public presentations, articles, calls and emails


General Office

  • Support Heritage Ohio office functions as needed
  • Attend Board of Trustee meetings, prepare board reports as requested
  • Promote membership, support fundraising efforts
  • Communicate the message to public about revitalization/& preservation
  • Familiarity with Power Point, Photoshop, InDesign, WordPress and similar programs


Candidate must have excellent verbal and written skills, as well as strong public presentation technique; customer service, mediation, problem solving skills and strong computer knowledge are a must.  He/she should understand the issues confronting business people, property owners, local government, public agencies and community organizations.  He/she must be energetic, imaginative and well organized.  Prior experience in local or state Main Street program preferred, and an understanding of an historic preservation ethic as it relates to revitalization. Knowledge of financing, funding, and preservation tools for development is helpful.

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

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

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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What a difference the right windows make!

Work continues on the Adler Building at Front Street and Main Street in downtown Columbus. In fact, for a building far from being completed, I’d say we’ve already seen an amazing transformation. Here’s how the building appeared earlier this summer. And the images below show the building on October 1.

They say that preservationists have the power to see the finished vision of a decrepit, dilapidated building, while everyone else can only see the building in its current state as an eyesore. I hope we’re all in the midst of witnessing this preservation truism at its best.

Adler Building

Showing off repaired concrete spandrels, masonry, and replica windows, the Adler Building looks the best its looked in years

New windows

Key to a successful rehabilitation, these replica windows complement the building’s exterior

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Special Improvement Districts- Rescheduled for August 28

Heritage Ohio members are invited to join Mark Lammon from the Downtown Cleveland Alliance for a discussion about Special Improvement Districts.  This webinar will have three parts 1) creation of a special improvement district and technical assistance; 2) managing the relationship and implementing the district plan; and 3) expansion and relationships outside of the SID.  To register members should click HERE

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