ABOUT the ADDA
Our mission is to lead, assist, and support activities that enhance the quality of life
in the downtown community.
The ADDA works closely with the City of Ashtabula, The Ashtabula Area Chamber of Commerce, area schools and other civic organizations who are dedicated to the revitalization and growth of the city of Ashtabula and surrounding regions.
Our calendar has an ever-growing list of retail and community activities for all ages, and during all seasons.
The ADDA is a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization formed in 2004 to combine the efforts of business owners and concerned citizens to facilitate the growth and revitalization of Ashtabula’s downtown.
The Ashtabula Downtown Development Association has been a member of Heritage Ohio since 2008, and is using the Main Street Approach to assist in it's revitalization and preservation efforts.
Membership is open to everyone.
ADDA Staff and Board
Executive Committee Officers:
President: Rick Coblitz
Vice President: Stacy Senskey
Treasurer: Larry Fargo
Secretary: Michael Meranda
Past President: Myke Anderson-Dowd
Other members of the Ashtabula Downtown Development Association Executive Committee are:
Lynda Annick, Michaels Furniture Co.
Marty Cephas, Private Citizen
Roberta Madar-Pruett, Madar Appraisals
Michael Thompson, Unguentarii
Jim Timonere, Ashtabula City Manager
The Ashtabula Downtown Development Association was created in 2004 with the purpose of revitalizing the downtown area. The organization has worked hard over the years to help further the goals of businesses, organizations and residents in the downtown corridor. Some of our accomplishments include:
Annual Downtown Business Directory, "Main Avenue Make-Over Program", Guide for "Starting a Business", Security Manual, Seasonal displays of flowers and foliage on Main Avenue, Website for news and events, as well as many activities to bring the public Downtown.
The ADDA is currently a member of Heritage Ohio, an organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of downtown areas. We are using their guidelines to help us in our revitalization efforts. A special thank you goes to the Robert S. Morrison Foundation for the grant that provided us with the funds for the membership and the District Assessment Resource Team (DART) visit. You can access a copy of the DART Report here. The ADDA reviewed prior reports and studies, including our "Think Big" Survey to develop a Downtown Ashtabula Master Plan.