The Main Street Program & Downtown Findlay Improvement District (DFID)
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.