Understanding The 20% Federal Historic Tax Credit in the Wake of Tax Reform Webinar

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Fire Awareness & Prevention Downtown Webinar

December 6th, 2017 1 pm – 2 pm

This course has pending AIA HSW credit.

With the recent fires destroying communities on the west coast, being in the midst of the holiday season (which is particularly fire risky), and having had our fair share of disastrous downtown fires in communities around Ohio, it is always a good time to talk about prevention. Fires are by their very nature destructive, when it comes to downtown, there is so much at stake when a building burns down. It could be someone’s home; lives could be at risk; and it could be a small business that has been an integral part of the community for years, that now has no way of rebuilding. Furthermore, every building in the downtown is a part of the community identity and history, when they burn a piece of that shared story is lost forever.

Join Heritage Ohio and Chief John Donahue of Deleware, Ohio for a webinar discussing the potential fire hazards with concern to downtown and what can be done to proactively prevent the devastation caused by downtown fires. This program will focus on the City of Delaware and steps that the downtown businesses, building owners and City Departments have taken to reduce the risk from fires. Delaware has experienced several downtown fires in their historic buildings. Working together, a community can take steps to reduce the risk and maintain the historic buildings.


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John Donahue is the Fire Chief for the City of Delaware, and served in the capacity for over 11 years. Prior to coming to Delaware, he served as the Assistant Fire Chief in Temple Terrace, Florida. Chief Donahue has served in many capacities in the fire service, including overseeing the fire prevention efforts in old historic downtowns. Both he and his wife are originally from the Cincinnati area. They have two grown daughters.

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A Brief History of Columbus

October 11th, 2017 1 pm – 2 pm

Join Heritage Ohio and Columbus historian Ed Lentz for a webinar discussing some of the interesting histories of Ohio’s capital city. In preparation for Heritage Ohio’s Annual Conference the following week, learn a little about the city we will be exploring during various tours offered.

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Ed Lentz has been teaching, writing and exploring the history of Central Ohio for more than fifty years. When not doing that sort of thing, he teaches from time to time at various local colleges and universities. He writes for local newspapers, consults in history and historic preservation and keeps company with his wife, two cats and occasionally visiting two children.

Ed worked at the Ohio Historical Society for a number of years and was Executive Director of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation from 1983 to 1988 and from 2013 to 2017.

Mr. Lentz holds degrees in history from Princeton University and The Ohio State University. He has written a weekly column on Columbus history for the This Week Community Newspapers since 1992. He has been Historical Consultant to Columbus Neighborhoods programming on WOSU Public Media since 2010. He is the author of several books, including Columbus – The Story of a City ( 2003), A Home of Their Own (2010) and Historic Columbus (2012).

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Webinar: Action Plan for Social Media Fundraising Campaign

August 30th, 2017 1 pm – 2 pm

Love them or hate them, social media giving days have become an inexpensive yet effective means of engaging followers and generating donations. Join us for this webinar to learn how you can tackle the most common roadblocks in the way of non-profits who want to implement a giving day.

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J. Kay Coughlin, CEO, Facilitator on Fire

J. Kay Coughlin has more than 20 years of experience helping organizations tackle their operations and staff communication challenges. Kay is highly skilled in facilitating difficult conversations and planning processes, helping business teams quickly tear down their roadblocks.

Facilitator on Fire is a subsidiary of Donor Relations Mindset LLC, which Kay founded in 2015. Kay lives with her husband and children in central Ohio.

Kay can be found at FacilitatorOnFire.net, on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jkcoughlin, and on Twitter: @FacilitatorOF.

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Visual Merchandising Displays: Big Bang Little Bucks Webinar

September 21st, 2017 1 pm – 2 pm

Join Heritage Ohio for a webinar with design consultant Susan Shaddox from Main Street Arkansas! We will be discussing how businesses can make the biggest impact with their visual merchandising, even on a smaller budget.

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Susan Shaddox, Main Street Arkansas Interior Design Consultant

Susan Shaddox has worked as an interior design consultant with Main Street Arkansas since 2006. Prior to her position with Main Street Arkansas, Susan worked as an interior designer for Embassy Suites, Baptist Health Systems, and Dillard’s Department Stores.

Aside from her state position, she conducts Window Displays, Visual Merchandising, and Space Planning workshops all over the US for other Main Street communities. She has also been a speaker at several National and Regional Main Street Conferences, presenting her design workshops.

Having owned her own Pet Boutique for over 20 years, Susan also has experience in all areas of retail and merchandising, and most recently set gift shop displays at Crystal Bridges American Art Museum in Bentonville, AR for the Walton Foundation

Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from the University of Central Arkansas.

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Using Google for Local Business Webinar

July 19th, 2017 1 pm – 2 pm

Join Heritage Ohio for a conversation with your friendly neighborhood Google guy, Rusty Allison. We will be discussing how you can better engage with your customers and visitors by using the many tools Google offers. Ever wanted to ask Google a question? While you could simply “Google” it, don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a real live representative of a tech company that truly understands what people are looking for.

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Rusty Allison
A lover of all things geek and pop culture, Rusty grew up in the 70’s and 80’s in rural West Virginia deep in the heart of the Appalachians. While earning a business degree at West Virginia Tech, now a part of WVU, He met his wife, April, and they’ve been happily married, most days, for 23 years. April and he have two beautiful daughters, Mackenzie and Emily, 16 and 13 years old respectively.

Rusty spent the first 20 years of his professional career in different sales roles selling everything from paper to cell phones and even 401k retirement plans. His one big takeaway from all that experience? He wasn’t very good at selling. So, in early 2016, he began training as a Google City Ambassador under the tutelage of Joe Danzer, Cincinnati’s Senior Ambassador to Google. In 2016, he and Joe were selected by Google as the #1 City Ambassador team in the U.S. based on total number of businesses helped. He’s also the head estimator/scheduler for the Google Virtual Tours for the region.

As a Google City Ambassador, his primary role is teaching and coaching business owners how to make the most of their Google My Business listing and how to leverage Google to attract attention and grow their businesses. He does this through one-on-one’s, company classes, workshops and public speaking engagements, all of which are free.

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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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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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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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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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Webinar: Get Ready to Enjoy Cincinnati, A Preservation Wonderland!

September 7th, 2016, 1 pm – 2 pm

This webinar will preview the region of the conference and highlight some of the best known and least known historic sites of Cincinnati.  You may think you know the place but if you haven’t been here in the past few years, we’re sure you will be surprised at amount of preservation completed and underway.  We will give an overview of downtown so you will not miss any interesting buildings and will highlight a few of our favorites that are often overlooked.

This webinar is approved for 1 AIA continuing education credit.


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Paul Muller AIAPaul Muller, AIA has been the executive director of Cincinnati Preservation Association since 2011.  Mr. Muller is an architect with extensive experience in preservation and civic projects.  He served on the board of the Port Authority of Greater Cincinnati, the entity which created the master-plan for the central riverfront development known as “The Banks”.  He currently serves on the Urban Design Review Board for the City of Cincinnati and the Union Terminal Restoration Advisory Committee for Hamilton County.


Margo Warminski is Preservation Director of Cincinnati Preservation Association, a position she has held since 2004. She serves on the board of Cincinnati Form Follows Function,  a Modernist advocacy group, and the Dayton, KY, Board of Architectural Review. Margo is co-author with Debbie Mills and the Greenhills Historical Society of Images of America: Greenhills, published by Arcadia Publishing in 2013.

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