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

Midtown Momentum Newsletter

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

Background & Context
Approach & Methods
Key Takeaways
The Network Plan
Pilot Projects, Intro and Project 1
Pilot Projects 2 & 3

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.

MidTown Redevelopment Plan, Executive Summary
MidTown East TAD Map
MidTown West TAD Map

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.

Download Master Plan for MidTown Columbus, 2005
Download Master Plan for MidTown Columbus, Technical Appendix

MidTown, Inc. Board of Directors, 2018

Will Barnes
Principal, BGP Architects

Cameron Bean
Executive Director of Development
Columbus State University

Edward C. Burdeshaw
Director Emeritus
Retired architect

Nancy Burgin
President, Days Gone By Properties

William J. Burgin
President, Jackson-Burgin Development

Ann Davis
Executive Director, 2000 Opportunities

Ellie Flowers
Campaign Associate, United Way

Mattie Hall (Vice President)
Community Leader

Jennie Hannay
Community Leader

Gary Jones
Columbus GA Chamber of Commerce
EVP for Government and Military Affairs

Lilian Pat Jones

Sean Knox
President, Knox Pest Control

Ellen Lane
Civic leader

Jim Livingston (Vice President)
Special Projects,
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

Blake Melton
Vice President, Senior Wealth Strategist
Synovus Family Asset Management

Bennie Newroth
(Immediate Past President)
Community Leader

Gordy Pease
Owner, ASP of Columbus

Virginia Peebles (Director Emeritus)
Community Leader

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
Community Leader

John M. Sheftall (Director Emeritus)
Partner, Hall Booth Smith, LLP

John Teeples
Developer and President,
John Teeples Construction

Judy Tucker
Community Leader

George E. “Tripp” Wade III
President, The Wade Companies

Christopher Walker
Senior Vice President, J. Smith Lanier Co.

Amy Ward
Community Leader

Ex Officio

Elizabeth Barker
Executive Director, Historic Columbus

Pam Hodge
Deputy City Manager

Carolyn Mull
Principal, Wynnton Arts Academy

Brian Sillitto
Executive Vice President
Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Len Williams
Executive Director
Columbus Housing Authority

MidTown, Inc. Staff

Julio Portillo
Executive Director

Hallie Fivecoat
Donor and Development Manager

Kelley Watts*
Finance Manager*

Bitsy Dedwylder*
MBA Coordinator*

Len Kilgore*
Office Manager/Mingle Liaison*