On April 12, 2022, Toledo City Council voted to establish seven new Community Entertainment Districts (CEDs) in downtown Toledo. ConnecToledo Downtown Development Corporation worked with the City of Toledo and business community to facilitate the implementation of the CEDs as a resource to spur further economic growth and development.
News & Events
Keep up-to-date with the latest from ConnecToledo, downtown improvements, and regional developments.
State Recognition for Downtown Toledo Black Owned Businesses
The Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose highlighted eight Black-Owned businesses in Ohio that “have shown what hard work looks like, continue to make their communities better, and inspire others to chase their entrepreneurial dreams.” We are proud that two of those eight are located right here in downtown Toledo!
Lunch at Levis Food Truck Selection
It's that time - we're getting ready for a summer of fun with Lunch at Levis. Lunch At Levis, the popular daytime concert series, returns for its 17th season. The 17-week series kicks off on June 2 and runs—Thursdays—until September 22 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Live entertainment, food vendors, and other activities are highlights of downtown’s biggest event during the work week.
Downtown Toledo Businesses Named Top Workplaces
We are thrilled to see so many downtown businesses on the Top Workplaces 2022 List! The list is determined by an employee engagement survey. According to Energage, the company administering the survey, “Creating a Top Workplace is about more than offering great benefits and vacation time. It’s about organizational health. Employees want to align with the company’s vision, be challenged by a high-performance culture, and feel that they are valued and that their voices are heard.”
2021 Annual Downtown Toledo Update
The board of directors from both ConnecToledo Downtown Development Corporation and the Downtown Toledo Improvement District hosted the Annual Downtown Toledo Update. Attendees learned about recently completed projects along with 2022 anticipated activities.
You're Invited to the Downtown Annual Update
Join us for the Downtown Annual Update on Tuesday, November 16, beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the McMaster Center at the Main Library. Hear about the Four Corners, Pythian Castle, Glass City Riverwalk and Fort Industry Square from their developers, in addition to many other projects.
Northwestern Mutual opens at Fort Industry
There’s a new business in the neighborhood! Northwestern Mutual is the first tenant to move into Fort Industry Square. This move welcomes 25 financial representatives and advisors, 25 support staff members and 30 local interns to downtown Toledo.
ConnecToledo Receives National Award for The Downtown Toledo Master Plan
ConnecToledo has received the coveted Award of Excellence for their Downtown Toledo Master Plan at the International Downtown Association’s (IDA) annual conference. Receiving the award in the Planning, Design, and Infrastructure category, was Cindy Kerr, vice president.
ConnecToledo brings CEDs COmmunity Entertainment Districts to downtown
ConnecToledo is working with a State of Ohio tool, known as Community Entertainment Districts or CEDs, to increase the number of allowable liquor licenses. CEDs encourage entertainment activity in a concentrated area by creating jobs and supporting revitalization. Currently, downtown Toledo has four existing CEDs. As the boundaries of “downtown” has grown, the need to additional CEDs has surfaced.
ConnecToledo’s role in downtown Toledo’s revitalization – a word from our President
Despite the world being put on hold over the past 12 months, momentum has continued on the revitalization of downtown Toledo. More than $650 million in catalytic development projects over the past 5 years have either been completed or are underway in and around downtown.