MidTown, Inc. About Us
Why We Love MidTown!
“I applaud the wonderful efforts to beautify and enliven the sense of place and community that have been done in the recent past. BRAVO on the work done so far, and (as we say in the theater) BREAK A LEG in the future!” Joseph Golden, Village of Wynnton
“I grew up in MidTown. I bought my house in this area because of the schools and because I like the area. Thanks for keeping this area vital.” Danny Ginter
“So many great memories and with all the wonderful changes happening to the area,I avidly look forward to creating more to go with them! Thank you, MidTown thanks to all that have been a part of the effort to continue the great memories I have been able to experience in the MidTown area.” John W. Woodward
About MidTown, Inc.
MidTown, Inc. works to sustain and enhance the neighborhoods and businesses
within MidTown Columbus—through education and advocacy
in support of community, conservation and diversity.
MidTown, Inc. is a nonprofit, charitable organization–501(c)(3)–founded in 2005. MidTown, Inc. is Making MidTown EVEN Better.
MidTown, Inc. advocates, partners, facilitates, listens, educates, mediates and celebrates. We work to build community, to sustain and revitalize neighborhoods and to grow and strengthen the MidTown business community. We build community by bringing people together in celebration and conversation. We build community by partnering to enhance our physical place, and creating more walkable, bikable streetscapes that connect neighborhoods, businesses and greenspaces.
MidTown, Inc. will continue to build on the area’s diverse assets— and to work with partners to identify and address challenges—in the ongoing revitalization of the MidTown community.
Minimum Grid Final Report, 2016
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation launched their first Knight Cities Challenge in 2014 by posing the simple question: What is your best idea to make cities more successful? They received 7,160 answers. MidTown, Inc. responded with a proposal to establish a Minimum Grid to better connect people and places within our Core Community of MidTown and Uptown. It was selected as one of 32 national winners in 2015. The report may be viewed as individual chapters:
Minimum Grid, Maximum Impact: A Public Space and Mobility Plan for the Core Community prepared by Gehl Studio
MidTown Redevelopment Plan and TAD Maps, 2016
Working in partnership with the Columbus Consolidated Government, MidTown, Inc. advanced a MidTown Redevelopment Plan and two MidTown Tax Allocation Districts (TADs). The Plan and MidTown East and MidTown West districts were unanimously approved by Council in the all of 2016. These TADs can provide key financial incentive to support future revitalization and growth in this vital in-town area of our city.
Urban Land Institute Final Report
On December 6, 2011, MidTown, Inc. convened sixty-five stakeholders, City officials, and community leaders with eleven expert panelists from the Urban Land Institute to examine the revitalization of the 13th Avenue and 13th Street gateway corridors in MidTown.
Download ULI Final Report
A Master Plan for MidTown Columbus, 2005
The goal of the MidTown Project is to develop and implement a long-range, comprehensive plan to reestablish this historic, suburban area as a community.
The MidTown Project began as a grassroots effort in 2001, and provided the framework for the mission and long-term goals of MidTown, Inc.
At a Crossroads: MidTown, Inc., 2005-2015
A report researched and written by Columbus State University’s Community Geography Center
Dr. Amanda Rees and her fall, 2015 urban geography students
MidTown, Inc. Board of Directors, 2018
Principal, BGP Architects
Executive Director of Development
Columbus State University
Edward C. Burdeshaw
President, Days Gone By Properties
William J. Burgin
President, Jackson-Burgin Development
Executive Director, 2000 Opportunities
Campaign Associate, United Way
Mattie Hall (Vice President)
Columbus GA Chamber of Commerce
EVP for Government and Military Affairs
Lilian Pat Jones
President, Knox Pest Control
Jim Livingston (Vice President)
River Valley Regional Commission
Matt Massey (Vice President)
Director of Business Development
St. Francis Hospital
Chuck McDaniel (Treasurer)
Vice President, Business Banking,
Thomas P. McKenna
Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Legal Division
Vice President, Senior Wealth Strategist
Synovus Family Asset Management
(Immediate Past President)
Owner, ASP of Columbus
Virginia Peebles (Director Emeritus)
Olivia Pennington (Secretary) Sales Manager, WRBL
Dr. Amanda Rees
Professor of Geography,
Columbus State University
GwenDolyn Hargrove Ruff
Senior Vice President,
Columbus Water Works
David Rumph III (Vice President)
Director of Finances and Accounting, TSYS
Muffy Schladensky (President-elect)
Commercial Management Coordinator
Woodruff Brokerage Company
Athavia “A.J.” Senior
John M. Sheftall (Director Emeritus)
Partner, Hall Booth Smith, LLP
Developer and President,
John Teeples Construction
George E. “Tripp” Wade III
President, The Wade Companies
Senior Vice President, J. Smith Lanier Co.
Executive Director, Historic Columbus
Deputy City Manager
Principal, Wynnton Arts Academy
Executive Vice President
Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Columbus Housing Authority
MidTown, Inc. Staff
Donor and Development Manager
Office Manager/Mingle Liaison*