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About ConnecToledo

Created by Visionaries for Growth

Led by a network of corporate and civic leaders from the community, ConnecToledo is a 501(c)3 organization committed to the redevelopment of downtown Toledo. This is accomplished by connecting public and private investment to facilitate the implementation of the Downtown Toledo Master Plan and other community priorities.

In 2017, ConnecToledo evolved from the 22nd Century Committee, which sought to align downtown revitalization efforts through a new master plan. As the master plan was completed, the 22nd Century Committee was reconstituted as the Downtown Toledo Development Corporation with the public-facing name of ConnecToledo.

Partnering with the Downtown Toledo Improvement District through a contract for services, ConnecToledo maintains programs for marketing/communications, business advocacy, residential attraction, business attraction including pre-development activity, and an ambassador program focused on hospitality, cleaning and safety.

Our Partner Organization

ConnecToledo has a partner organization focused on delivering exceptional services for those who shop, play, work, dine and live in downtown. The Downtown Toledo Improvement District helps identify opportunities, solve problems, and directly support the day-to-day work of improving downtown neighborhoods.

Downtown Toledo Improvement District


Improvement District (DTID) is a 501(c)3 Special Improvement District. They improve, build and energize the downtown as a viable business, cultural, residential and recreational community through marketing, business advocacy and hospitality services.


Board of Directors

Sharon Speyer, Chair
President, Huntington Bank Northwest Ohio Region 

Tom Manahan, Vice President
Chairman and CEO, Lathrop

Jason Kucsma, Treasurer
Director, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Gene Abercrombie, Secretary
Real Estate Attorney, Eastman & Smith LTD

Meg Adams
Manager of External Affairs, FirstEnergy/Toledo Edison

Mike Bauer
CEO, Libbey Inc.

Bob Baxter
President and CEO, Mercy Health-Lima and Toledo Regions

Brian Chambers
Chairman and CEO, Owens Corning

Andy Dale
CFO, Hylant

Vince DiPofi
Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, SSOE, Inc.

Marc Folk
Executive Director, The Arts Commission

Alex Gerken
President and CEO, Fifth Third Bank Northwest Ohio

Wendy Gramza
President & CEO, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce

John Haudrich
Senior VP and CFO, Owens-Illinois Inc.

Reed Hauptman
Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick

Roy Hodge
Partner, Entrepreneurial Services and Outreach, JumpStart

James Hoffman
Market President, KeyBank

Joel Jerger
Executive Vice President, Toledo Market Area, Premier Bank

Sheena Kieffer
Complex General Manager, First Hospitality Group

Adam Levine
Director, Toledo Museum of Art

Will Lucas
CEO, Creadio

Bill McDonnell
Regional President, PNC Bank

Rita Mansour
Senior Managing Director/Partner, Mansour Wealth Management

Jack Mewhort
Commercial & Residential Business Development, Midland Title Agency

Ray Micham
Principal, The Collaborative Inc.

Diane Miller
Chief of Staff, University of Toledo

Dean Monske
President & CEO, Regional Growth Partnership

Joe Napoli
President and CEO, Toledo MudHens/Walleye

Arturo Polizzi
President and CEO, ProMedica 

Harlan Reichle
President and CEO, Reichle Klein Group

Matthew Rubin
President and CEO, Crane Development

Bill Rudolph
Chair, Rudolph Libbe Group 

Barry Shaner
CEO, Directions Credit Union

Joaquin Cintron Vega
President and CEO, Lucas Metropolitan Housing

Dave Zenk
Executive Director, Metroparks Toledo

Downtown Toledo Improvement District

Board Members

ConnecToledo has a working relationship with the Board of the Downtown Toledo Improvement District.

Matt Rubin, Chair
Developer and Project Manager, Crane Development

Danny Dymarkowski, Vice Chair
Owner, Dymarkowski Development Group

Bruce Rumpf, Treasurer
President and CEO, Job1USA

Yvette Mayzes, Secretary
Senior Property Manager, Reichle Klein Group

Dean Ball
Vice President, STS Management

Ed Beczynski
Owner, The Blarney Irish Pub

Dave Dennis
Director of Property Management, ProMedica

Jim Kniep
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Manhattan Group

Bradley Lagusch
Executive Director, Toledo Bar Association


Jake Lindke
Project Director, Prater Development

Bill Long
General Property Manager, Owens Corning

Ryan Miller

Jeremy Santus
Owner, Roost Property Group

Bob Siebenaller
Business Leader, SSOE

Pete Gerken
Lucas County Commissioner

Tina Skeldon Wozniak
Lucas County Commissioner

Karen Poore
City of Toledo Administration

Vanice S. Williams
Toledo City Councilperson

Our Leadership

Paul L. Toth, President

Paul L. Toth, MBA


Paul L. Toth, Jr. is the former President and CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. Paul was with the Port Authority for more than 31 years starting his career as a project engineer in 1988 and rising to President and CEO in 2009. His responsibilities included development and implementation of the strategic direction of the Port Authority and overseeing all operations and development activities of the Port Authority including airports, seaport, economic development financing programs, brownfield development, property acquisition, downtown parking operations, and other strategic activities associated with the Port Authority’s multi-modal facilities.

Paul earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio. He is also a graduate of the University of Toledo’s Graduate School of Business earning a master’s in business administration, specializing in finance. 

Our Staff

Michael Rheams, Operations Manager

Michael Rheams
Operations Manager

Hannah Dearth, Marketing Coordinator

Hannah Dearth 
Marketing Coordinator

MacGregor Driscoll, Urban Planner 

MacGregor Driscoll
Urban Planner 

Hospitality, Cleanliness, and Safety

Downtown Toledo Ambassadors

Partnering with the Downtown Toledo Improvement District through a contract for services, ConnecToledo maintains a comprehensive downtown ambassador program focused on hospitality, cleaning and safety. Ambassadors are extensively educated on local landmarks and businesses, but also trained in basic health and safety to ensure our downtown remains a safe and family-friendly environment.

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