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.
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
Manager of External Affairs, FirstEnergy/Toledo Edison
CEO, Libbey Inc.
President and CEO, Mercy Health-Lima and Toledo Regions
Chairman and CEO, Owens Corning
Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, SSOE, Inc.
Executive Director, The Arts Commission
President and CEO, Fifth Third Bank Northwest Ohio
President & CEO, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Senior VP and CFO, Owens-Illinois Inc.
Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick
Partner, Entrepreneurial Services and Outreach, JumpStart
Market President, KeyBank
Executive Vice President, Toledo Market Area, Premier Bank
Complex General Manager, First Hospitality Group
Director, Toledo Museum of Art
Regional President, PNC Bank
Senior Managing Director/Partner, Mansour Wealth Management
Commercial & Residential Business Development, Midland Title Agency
Principal, The Collaborative Inc.
Chief of Staff, University of Toledo
President & CEO, Regional Growth Partnership
President and CEO, Toledo MudHens/Walleye
President and CEO, ProMedica
President and CEO, Reichle Klein Group
President and CEO, Crane Development
Chair, Rudolph Libbe Group
CEO, Directions Credit Union
Joaquin Cintron Vega
President and CEO, Lucas Metropolitan Housing
Executive Director, Metroparks Toledo
Downtown Toledo Improvement District
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
Vice President, STS Management
Owner, The Blarney Irish Pub
Director of Property Management, ProMedica
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Manhattan Group
Executive Director, Toledo Bar Association
Project Director, Prater Development
General Property Manager, Owens Corning
Owner, TESCON 1 LLC
Owner, Roost Property Group
Business Leader, SSOE
Lucas County Commissioner
Tina Skeldon Wozniak
Lucas County Commissioner
City of Toledo Administration
Vanice S. Williams
Toledo City Councilperson
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.
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.