The Downtown Painesville Organization has received accreditation from Heritage Ohio to recognize the City of Painesville as a national Main Street Community.
Heritage Ohio said the DPO has received national accreditation as a result of its consistent efforts to improve the city.
The Data Protection Officer is currently looking for a new director, but as the position was vacant, Cathy Bieterman, the City’s Director of Economic Development, worked closely with the organization throughout the accreditation process.
“The DPO is a great organization for downtown Painesville residents and supporters to get involved with,” she said. “They are a great organization that comes together to bring new ideas and creative approaches to bring activity to the heart of the city.”
Bieterman says the DPO is always looking for new ways to improve the community, particularly by working to create a positive image for the City of Painesville and to preserve its physical buildings.
“Through the Heritage Ohio program, the privacy officer can get help for preserving existing buildings,” she said. “They managed to secure the $94,000 grant from the National Main Street Community Program for the restoration of the former Chase Bank building.”
The former bank is to be converted into a Lake Erie College residence hall. Construction work is scheduled to be completed in July 2023.
“They also work hand-in-hand with companies,” Bieterman said. “If there are companies that need to expand or want to market a product that could help the community, the DPO works to facilitate that.”
Bieterman encourages others to join the Privacy Commissioner and help them make the community better.
“Anyone can become a member and have a number of different groups to get involved in.” she said.