Downtowns are reenergized and revitalized

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Gary Wilson Video Mt. Blanchard Ohio

In the next Heart & Soul Minutes video, hear from Gary Wilson, Board Chair for The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation in Findlay, Ohio and Community Heart & Soul Champion, on downtown revitalization in his community.

Gary retired from being an Agricultural Extension Agent in 2011. Along with his wife Mary, they own and manage a small farm of sheep, cattle, hay, pasture, corn, soybeans and wheat with their children being the 8th generation on this farm. He serves on the Board of The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation and is President of American Forage and Grassland Council, President of Ohio Sheep and Wool Board and President of Hancock County Farm Bureau Board plus staying active on 15 other Boards and Committees.

For the first time, people were looking in, not looking out of the community.”

—Gary Wilson, Board Chair for The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation

Community Heart & Soul is a resident-driven process that engages the entire population of a town in identifying what they love most about their community, what future they want for it, and how to achieve it. In these Community Heart & Soul Minutes, community members share their insight and experience on topics like community engagement, revitalization, how data supports community projects, new volunteers emerge, and guiding decision making in their communities.