The Main Street Program & Downtown Findlay Improvement District (DFID)
Findlay•Hancock County Alliance Awarded Grant for Downtown Efforts
Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation Approves $85,500 Over Two Years
The Findlay•Hancock County Alliance was awarded a grant totaling more than $85,000 by The Community Foundation to support Downtown efforts.
The two-year grant will allow The Alliance to establish a certified Ohio Main Street Program, coordinated by a full-time employee who will also serve as a liaison for organized downtown efforts. The program will adhere to the four-point approach methodology identified by Heritage Ohio that works to create a comprehensive downtown image. Total estimated program costs over the grant period are $247,510.
“We believe that the creation of a centrally-organized effort will lead to stronger partnerships, an increase in new business startups, support for existing businesses, construction and renovation, and a renewed interest in the community,” said John Haywood, President and CEO of The Alliance. “Our downtown is impacted by a variety of different factors. We feel an organized effort will result in a stronger downtown with many long-term benefits for the entire Findlay/Hancock County community.”
Learn more about the Main Street Program below.
To apply for the Findlay Main Street Coordinator Position, click here for more information.
Downtown Findlay (OH) is embarking on the Main Street program and is seeking a full time program coordinator to lead the effort. The on-site staff person is charged with developing, organizing, implementing and documenting the Main Street approach through the Alliance and its divisions (Economic Development, Chamber of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau). He/she will be responsible for managing relations with and focusing the work of business owners, property owners, committee members, volunteers to accomplish the goals and objectives of the annual work plan. Those interested should submit their interest and resume to info@FindlayHancockAlliance.com on or before Monday, April 15.
The position is full time and includes benefits.
Read the job description here.
About the Ohio Main Street Program
The Ohio Main Street Program, administered by Heritage Ohio, works with communities across the state to revitalize their historic or traditional commercial areas. The Main Street program is designed to improve all aspects of the downtown or central business district, producing both tangible and intangible benefits. Improving economic management, strengthening public participation, and making downtown a fun place to visit are as critical to Main Street’s future as recruiting new businesses, rehabilitating buildings, and expanding parking.
Building on downtown’s inherent assets - rich architecture, personal service, traditional values and most of all, a sense of place - the Main Street approach has rekindled entrepreneurship, downtown cooperation and civic concern in communities across the state. It has earned national recognition as a practical strategy appropriately scaled to a community’s local resources and conditions. And because it is a locally driven program, all initiative stems from local issues and concerns.
About The “Four Point Methodology”
The “Four Point Methodology” that will power the Main Street program includes: Operations, Design, Marketing and Business Enhancement, and works to create a total image for the community.
is the building of consensus and cooperation between the groups that play a role in the downtown. This point will be led by the Chamber of Commerce division of the Alliance.
involves improving the downtown’s image by improving its physical appearance. This point will be led by the Hancock Regional Planning Commission.
involves marketing the downtown’s unique characteristics to shoppers, investors, new businesses, tourists, and others. This point will be led by the Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau division of the Alliance.
• “Business Enhancement”
involves strengthening the existing economic base of the downtown while diversifying it. This point will be led by the Findlay•Hancock County Economic Development division of the Alliance.
About the Madeleine Thomas Schneider Fund
This grant is being supported by the Madeleine Thomas Schneider Fund. Madeleine Thomas Schneider, daughter of Findlay, lived her life with a gracious spirit. Throughout her life, Schneider was a model of integrity, service and generosity. Upon her death, she left the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation an endowed gift totaling $25 million. Through her final gifts, Schneider continues to touch the lives of many of our neighbors as her fund is used to support her beloved hometown.
For more information about how you can volunteer and support Findlay’s Downtown efforts, or to learn more about the Main Street program, contact The Findlay•Hancock County Alliance at 419.422.3313, or email info@FindlayHancockAlliance.com
Our mission is to operate the organization ethically with the utmost integrity and transparency. The sole purpose of the organization is to enhance our downtown district for its property owners and all visitors to downtown Findlay.
Downtown Findlay Improvement District is a 501 C (6) Not-for-Profit that serves as a funding mechanism for DFID interests. This not-for-profit status allows for tax-deductibility for the partners. The DFID is overseen by a 10 member Board of Directors which manages the 17 block District and has equal input on the focus and direction of the organization. The district is charged with providing services intended to improve the safety, cleanliness and vitality of downtown Findlay. The Downtown Findlay Improvement District (DFID) also supports business development through the coordination of comprehensive marketing strategies and initiatives and by providing substantive market and consumer research.