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© Downtown Mansfield, Inc. 2015

As part of the National Main Street's Four Point Approach, DMI maintains programs relevant to the four principles of Design, Promotion, Organization and Economic Restructuring. Committee participation is instrumental to the ongoing development of our downtown, committee members have been instrumental in assisting with events, cohesive branding, design review, beautification and fundraising.


For additional information on how you can help, or to receive meeting notifications, please click here or call 419-522-0099. 


Board of Directors 


DMI is fortunate to have the support of the following individuals:


President: Jeff Parton, Richland Bank

Vice President: Beth Feldmeier, KeyBank

Secretary: Jim Clark, Westfield Bank

Treasurer: Clay Habegger, Newman Technologies



Nick Atterholt, Weldon Huston Keyser

Scott Cardwell, Phoenix Brewing Company

Gene Earick, Roby Foster Miller Earick

John Fernyak, Engwiller Properties

Eddie Harris, Urban Flatts

Jessica Hiser, Spherion Mid-Ohio

Lori Holden Sjostedt, Haring Realty

Ex Officio Members: 

Bart Hamilton, Richland County Treasurer

Jodie Perry, Richland Area Chamber of Commerce

Jotika Shetty, Richland County Regional Planning Commission

Lee Tasseff, Convention and Visitors Bureau

Mayor Theaker, City of Mansfield

Commissioner Vero, Richland County



Design means getting downtown into top physical shape. Capitalizing on historic buildings is just part of the story. An inviting atmosphere created through window displays, parking areas, signs, sidewalks, street lights and landscaping conveys a visual message about what downtown is and what it has to offer. Current programs and past projects include:

  • ​​Facade Improvement Program

  • Mini Grant Program

  • Preservation Plan Update

  • Downtown Streetscape Improvement

  • Design Review Handbook

  • Storefront Design Initiative 

Neighborhood Development 


Downtown Mansfield has been involved in restoring and revitalizing downtown Mansfield for more than 20 years. During this time, we have focused primarily on retail and service businesses as well as commercial buildings in the downtown. As downtown has evolved, and experienced positive commercial growth, housing and the improvement of near downtown neighborhoods are integral to the next phase of revitilizing our city center. DMI currently leads two neighborhood intiatives and is currently focusing on the following programs and projects:


  • Richland County Land Reutilization Corporation

  • St. Peter's District Committee

  • St. Peter's Residents Committee

  • State Historic Preservation  

  • National Register of Historic Places Designation 

Event Planning


As the premier authority on events in the downtown district, DMI seeks to improve signature events and assist individuals and organizations in their pursuit of holding events within downtown. This committee works in tandem with the City of Mansfield, Mansfield Police Department and downtown stakeholders to ensure events are held safely and thoughtfully in downtown. DMI has assisted with the following:


  • Richland Carrousel's Children's Festival

  • MidOhio 13er

  • Heart of the City Cruise In

  • Artistreet

  • Small Business Saturday

Return on Investment 


Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) is the economic and community development nonprofit organization leading the revitalization of downtown Mansfield. Since 1989, DMI has implemented the preservation and place making initiatives to grow entrepreneurship and create a dynamic community. Our organization is privately supported by stakeholders who contribute towards and participate in creating and driving the vision of a restored downtown, via the implementation of the projects and programs defined in our work plan. DMI is a regional leader in social media engagement. DMI has expertly crafted a brand that is loyally followed by more than 35,000 individuals. In 2018, our organization had more than 3,000,000 impressions and reached more than 1,500 individuals per day. In 2018, more than 400 volunteers contributed over 4,500 hours towards the projects and programs of DMI. This commitment is equal to a fiscal contribution of more than $90,000. Volunteers assisted in beautification, aesthetic improvement, and event operation.