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Supporting the Preservation and Revitilization of the places in Ohio that matter most is more than just board meetings and fundraising.

You’re getting a lot of things right, but you know you could be doing more to make it all easier and more effective. What you really want is to...

          Understand local building codes and regulations

          Use your public spaces in creative ways to bring your community together

          Support local businesses so that they thrive

          Know where the best trade training is so you can direct people to these programs

          Grow your membership so you can continue to innovate and create a prosperous community

You can learn all of these things, and more, from experts in preservation and revitalization.

The best part: You don’t even have to leave your home.



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Hey, we’re Heritage Ohio, a small but mighty organization dedicated to support Main Street Organizations throughout Ohio. 

Frances Jo Hamilton - Director of Revitalization

Joyce Barrett - Executive Director

Frank Quinn - Director of Preservation

Devon Miles - Office Manager

We host this event every year to bring you the most current updates in community building, preservation, revitalization, and fundraising so that you can take them back to your communities and grow stronger year after year. 



The Heritage Ohio Annual Conference will run from August 24th to September 4th with a variety of presentations to choose from each day.


We don't know about you, but we prefer to put on shoes (and masks!) and leave our houses as little as possible. With that being said, you can tune into the annual conference from the comfort of your couch and yoga pants.


Presentations will be 45-60 minutes in length. Each presenter will provide you with a worksheet to follow along with so you can make your action plan while tuning in. The presentations will be available for 24-hours to encourage you to stop waiting for the right time and take action along with hundreds of other community activists.


We’re also hosting virtual Happy Hours and Networking events each night. PLUS - our popular Pitch Party will be happening on Wednesday, 9/2. You definitely won’t want to miss this one!

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20+ experts over 10 days will teach you strategies you can use to both support and grow your Main Street Organization, no matter what stage you are at.

Maybe you’re...

Whatever it is for you, it’s time to refresh your skills and learn more.

Frustrated with a lack of community support and you know it's time to change

Feeling like you're always behind, and not able to keep up on the guidelines and restrictions

Working too hard to get new donors, rather than demonstrating so much value that they are eager to support your organization and community

​​​​​​​   Velynn Brown

Truly Inclusive Community Engagement

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​​​​​​​    Sylvia Allen

Successful Sponsorship in a COVID-19 World​​​​​​​

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Happy Hour: Legacy Circle Reception

​​​​​​​   Paul Edmondson

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Jack of All Preservation Trades

​​​​​​​   Jim Turner

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Happy Hour: Main Street Networking

​​​​​​​   Patrice Frey

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​​​​​​​    Rachel Eiferd

Accessibility Requirements for Multi-Family Housing in Historic Buildings​​​​​​​

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​​​​​​​    Ben Levenger

Understanding the WHO and the WHAT Before the WHERE

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​​​​​​​    Lisa Brownell

Ohio & Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits

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​​​​​​​    Kevin Rose

Zooming Through Springfield History

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​​​​​​​    Elizabeth Via Gossman

Creative Zoning: Supporting Public Art in Your Downtown

​​​​​​​    Frank Vagnone

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Twisted Preservation

   Marc Smiley

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Building the Right Board

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​​​​​​​    Sharon Woods

The Myth of the Retail Apocalypse

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​​​​​​​    John Sandor

Standards for Rehabilitation Projects Seeking Federal Tax Credits with a Particular Focus on Windows

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​​​​​​​    Melinda Shah

Accessibility Requirements for Multi-Family Housing in Historic Building

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​​​​​​​    Jason Duff

Engaging with Your Local Community: Combat the Naysayers & Become Best in the State

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​​​​​​​    Bob Negen

Marketing Your Retail Store in This Crazy New World

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​​​​​​​    Mariangela Pfister

Ohio & Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits

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​​​​​​​    Ben Muldrow

Branding Your Organization 

Now for the part you’ve been waiting for. Here are the amazing speakers you’ll hear from at the Heritage Ohio Annual Conference.

2020 Heritage Ohio Annual Conference

Save the Places That Matter in Ohio 

August 24, 2020 - September 4, 2020

Tickets are just $25 for members and $50 for non-members

Tickets are just $25 for members and $50 for non-members

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​​​​​​​    Kathleen Norris

The Myth of the Retail Apocalypse

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​​​​​​​    Nicholas Redding

Jack of All Preservation Trades

There are a lot of summits, trainings, and workshops out there. So what makes this one different?

First, this conference was created specifically for Main Street Members and community members who are committed to Saving the Places that Matter in Ohio. This isn't general advice for any business out there. Every single presentation is specialized for the preservation and revitalization of Ohio, making it a whole lot more impactful.

But more importantly, we're not here to add to your plate. Our goal isn't to throw a pile of new strategies and tasks at you, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and like there's no way you can do enough. Instead, we're here to give you just what you need in order to implement change in your community, right now.


Tickets are just $25 for members and $50 for non-members.

If you'd like to be considered for a scholarship to attend, click here to apply. ​​​​​​​

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​​​​​​​    Tim Monea

Building Code Officials are Part of Your Revitalization Team

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​​​​​​​    Ed McMahon

Preservation in the Age of Pandemic

As you can see by that incredible lineup, you are *not* going to want to miss this event.

Click here for the full schedule.


  • Stop doing things the hard way, just because it's what you’re used to.
  • Finally do something about the parts of your organization that cause stress and take too much time.
  • Simplify what you’re already doing to allow you to work more efficiently, while being more profitable.

Join us for the Heritage Ohio Annual Conference today!


When is this whole thing happening?

The main portion of the summit runs from August 24th - September 4th. We'll kick off on August 24th with an opening call.

How do I access the sessions?

Each morning we'll send you a reminder of what sessions will be happening that day, along with links to access the sessions.

How long will the videos be available?

Each video will be available for 24-hours. However, your ticket gives you lifetime access to the recordings and the Virtual Resource Room

Will all the speakers get my email address?

No way! The only person you'll get emails from after you sign up is us, Heritage Ohio. That's so you can get all the updates for the summit and links to each day's videos. After the summit is over, you'll continue to hear from me, but you can unsubscribe at any time.

Are the presentations live?

They sure are!

Are you still accepting speakers?

All of our speakers for this summit have been hand-picked and our slots are currently full. However, we're open to additional affiliates or potential speakers next year's summit. If you're interested in affiliate details or being considered for Heritage Ohio Annual Conference in 2021, email!

Please reach out if there’s anything we can do to ensure you’re able to enjoy this event.

I still have questions!

No problem! Shoot an email over to and we'll get back to you within 3 business days.