“The one thing that I know is that you win with good people” -NFL Coach Don Shula, Painesville native
Downtown Painesville Organization (DPO): An Ohio Main Street Program
Founded in 2007, the Downtown Painesville Organization is a 501(c)3 non-profit revitalizing Painesville’s historic core via the Ohio Main Street Program. Based in historic preservation, the Main Street approach was developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to save America’s traditional downtowns. The program has become a powerful economic development tool and has been successfully implemented in over 2,000 communities across the nation. Investing in the Downtown Painesville Organization will allow us to continue our commitment to working with merchants, businesses, government agencies, and the residents of Painesville to enhancing a cutting-edge, yet historic and traditional, community. For more information on how to participate in an event, contact David Polakowski at David@downtownpainesville.org. By sponsoring exciting events and programs, supporting community based development, recruiting new businesses, supporting existing businesses and improving the quality of life, the Downtown Painesville Organization is working hard to provide many more reasons to come downtown!
Become a Member
Membership in the Downtown Painesville Organization is a great way to invest in the future of the Historic District and the Square. Please contact David Polakowski at David@downtownpainesville.org for more information on how to become a member of the Downtown Painesville Organization.
Mission Statement: To build a strong future while preserving our historic past.
Board of Trustees:
Pam Morse, President – Morse Van Lines, Painesville Furniture
Jim Fodor, Past-President – Painesville City Councilman
Karen McLeod, Vice President – Extended Housing
Sharon Green, Treasurer – Sharon L. Green & Company
Mary Frances Burns, Secretary – Moreley Library
Anthony Carson – Painesville City Manager
Elizabeth Connor – Lake County Historical Society
Maureen Conway – Conway Land & Title Company
Jean Manary – Painesville Community Improvement Corporation
Mary Jo Miller – Bella Donna Salon and Spa
Patty Penca – Penca Design Group Ltd.
Fred Pollutro – Pollutro-Rossley Insurance Agency
Deb Remington – Lake Erie College
Phil Smith – P.A.S.S. Business Consulting
David Polakowski, Executive Director
Become a Volunteer
Help Downtown Painesville with promotional activities, special events, etc. If you have a few hours to help our efforts, send us an email at David@downtownpainesville.org to express your areas of interest.
Join a Committee
“The Main Street Approach” The Downtown Painesville Organization is a locally-funded and locally-run non-profit agency devoted to revitalizing Painesville’s historic core via the Main Street Four Point Approach. This strategy has been widely successful in towns and cities nationwide. Described below are the four committees, each devoted to one of the core elements of the Main Street approach. Joining a committee is the best way to get involved. New ideas and diverse talents are always welcome in our committees. Enter your email below above and after clicking “GO”, mark the boxes on the new page for the committee(s) you would like to join. This will sign you up for committee updates to let you know about projects and meeting times.
Organization Approach Organization involves getting everyone working toward the same goal and assembling the appropriate human and financial resources to implement a Main Street revitalization program. Promotions Approach Promotion sells a positive image of the commercial district and encourages consumers and investors to live, work, shop, play and invest in Downtown Painesville. By marketing downtown’s unique characteristics to residents, investors, business owners, and visitors, an effective promotional strategy forges a positive image through advertising, retail promotional activity, special events, and marketing campaigns carried out by local volunteers. Design Approach Design means getting Downtown Painesville into top physical shape. Capitalizing on our best assets — such as historic buildings and pedestrian-oriented streets — is just part of the story. An inviting atmosphere, created through attractive window displays, parking areas, building improvements, street furniture, signs, sidewalks, street lights, and landscaping, conveys a positive visual message about the commercial district and what it has to offer. Economic Restructuring Approach Economic Restructuring strengthens downtown’s existing economic assets while expanding and diversifying its economic base. The economic restructuring committee helps sharpen the competitiveness of existing business owners and recruits compatible new businesses and new economic uses to build a commercial district that responds to today’s consumers’ needs. Converting unused or underused commercial space into economically productive property also helps boost the profitability of the district.
Become a Member
Membership in the Downtown Painesville Organization is a great way to invest in the future of the Historic District and the Square. The Downtown Painesville Organization is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Please contact David Polakowski at David@downtownpainesville.org for more information on how to become a member of the Downtown Painesville Organization.