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Scavenger Hunt Questions

  • Posted: Mar 26, 2015
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All answers are on the Destination Hilliard website. All answers must appear on the Destination Hilliard website in order to be counted. Scavenger Hunt is Saturday, March 21st to Sunday, April 5th.

All entries must be e-mailed to by midnight on Sunday, April 5, 2015 in order to be entered into drawing.

Grand Prize is Chick-fil-A gift bag with gift cards and other items valued at over $90

Second Place Prize is $20 gift certificate to The Little Ice Cream Shoppe

Third Place Prize is $10 gift certificate to New Grounds Coffee Shop

Fourth Place Prize is Hilliard Souvenir Package of Notecards, umbrella, etc.



  1. What does the Icon say for you to sign up for a monthly electronic event newsletter?
  2. What social media platforms is Destination Hilliard on? (List all 5)
  3. What two print publications does Destination Hilliard produce?
  4. Name one event listed on the Community Calendar?
  5. List one step in planning a class or family reunion?
  6. Name a category of restaurants.
  7. Name a restaurant listed under group dining.
  8. Where are all four hotels in Hilliard located?
  9. Name an attraction.
  10. Name one event facility listed on website.
  11. List one sporting event happening in Hilliard in 2015.
  12. List one organization looking for volunteers.

Bonus Questions

  1. List one way businesses can become involved and connected in the community.
  2. What is the name of the volunteer event where residents can find out about volunteer opportunities and when is it?

Destination Hilliard Recognized For Marketing Excellence

  • Posted: Mar 12, 2015
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Destination Hilliard recently received recognition for achievement in marketing and advertising at the Ohio Travel Association’s RUBY Awards presentation, held Oct. 16 in Springfield, Ohio. Destination Hilliard received a Citation for Excellence for promotional video Hungry! It’s All Here…in Hilliard designed to promote culinary tourism and all the local restaurants in the community. Accepting the award was Christy Clark, Executive Director for Destination Hilliard.

The Ohio Travel Association’s RUBY Awards recognize excellence in Ohio’s travel and tourism industry for efforts in advertising, marketing and public relations. In this year’s competition, the Recognizing Uncommon Brilliance (RUBY) Awards over 160 entries in 16 categories. The awards,

sponsored by Ripple Effect Interactive, were presented during the Ohio Conference on Tourism, the state’s largest conference for tourism industry professionals.


The Ohio Travel Association is a nonprofit trade association representing travel and tourism-related businesses throughout the state. Its mission to promote statewide hospitality and economic development. For more information on OTA, visit

Destination Hilliard Launches Scavenger Hunt

  • Posted: Mar 12, 2015
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Residents and visitors who are looking for something to do during spring break or inclement weather might want to try the Destination Hilliard Scavenger Hunt which can be completed in the comfort and warmth of your own home. Scavenger Hunt questions are located on the home page of There are 12 questions and 2 bonus questions. All answers are located on the newly redesigned Destination Hilliard website. The Grand Prize is a Chick-fil-A basket with gift certificates for food and other items. Second Place Prize is $20 gift certificate to The Little Ice Cream Shoppe. Third Place Prize is $10 gift card to New Grounds Coffee Shop. Fourth Place Prize is a Hilliard Souvenir Package of Notecards, umbrella, etc. The Scavenger Hunt runs from Saturday, March 21st to Sunday, April 5th.

One of the goals of Destination Hilliard is to promote Hilliard to visitors, residents and companies. The Destination Hilliard website has been completely redesigned to effectively communicate with visitors, residents, event planners, individuals planning sporting tournaments and businesses.

“Our goal is for individuals to log on to the Destination Hilliard website which will serve as a hub for information on Hilliard and drive traffic to other websites through links” stated Christy Clark, Executive Director for Destination Hilliard.

The number one reason to log onto the Destination Hilliard website on a regular basis will be to find information on upcoming events including sporting events. Through a collaborative effort by organizations, a calendar for 2015 has been developed and posted on the website. Information will be updated as provided. Also, individuals can sign up to receive a monthly E-Newsletter about the upcoming month’s events.

Other highlights of the website include a complete listing of restaurants by category, attractions, clubs and organizations, group tours and volunteer opportunities. Individuals planning events, weddings, reunions or sports tournaments including 5ks will have access to helpful information to plan a successful outing including facilities, caterers, event process and other vendors.

The mission of Destination Hilliard is to cultivate a positive economic impact for Hilliard through business, leisure and sports experiences as a destination marketing organization while supporting Ohio tourism industry.

Destination Hilliard Releases New FREE 2015 Visitors Guide

  • Posted: Mar 12, 2015
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Destination Hilliard is pleased to release the new FREE 2015 Destination Hilliard Visitors Guide.  Whether you’re a visitor planning a trip to Hilliard, a local resident hosting friends or family, or an event/meeting planner eager to check out Hilliard facility and hotel options, the Destination Hilliard Visitors Guide has the helpful information you’re seeking.  The guide highlights specifics regarding the city of Hilliard ranging from attractions, arts and culture, accommodations, restaurants, parks, recreation, events and more.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer this valuable, user-friendly, Guide to provide helpful and pertinent information on our area.  We are very proud of all our community has to offer,” states Executive Director, Christy Clark.

20,000 Visitor Guides will be distributed over the coming year by a variety of means including but not limited to:

  • Visitors and potential visitors requesting information via our website, social media platforms, phone, or advertising reader response cards
  • TourismOhio, the state’s tourism office, via 1-800-Buckeye call and website fulfillment centers
  • Destination Hilliard Office, Hilliard Community Center and Hilliard Municipal Building
  • Hilliard attractions, meeting facilities and hotels
  • Area realtors
  • Ohio Department of Transportation Visitor Information Centers along highways throughout the state
  • Tour Operators at 9 tradeshows
  • 9 Consumer Trade Shows
  • Welcome packets given to attendees of sports tournaments, groups and conventions meeting in Hilliard
  • Welcome packets to new residents
  •  A digital version of the 2015 Destination Hilliard Visitors Guide is also available on the Destination Hilliard website,

“Destination Hilliard hopes that visitors and residents alike will enjoy the new 2015 Visitors Guide and that each will encourage friends, family, sport, civic and or professional groups to come to Hilliard” adds Clark.

Lend a Hilliard Hand Volunteer Fair and Reception

  • Posted: Mar 12, 2015
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In honor of National Volunteer Week, Destination Hilliard is sponsoring a volunteer fair and reception slated for Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church in the gymnasium. This is a great opportunity for families or students who need community service hours or adults who want to become involved in the community.


A number of Hilliard organizations need volunteers to work on special projects, assist in planning events, serve as docents or on boards to name a few opportunities. The time commitment can be one time for a few hours or on a regular basis, and can accommodate any busy schedule. Eagle Scouts and students looking for community service hours are encouraged to attend! Organizations who set up informational tables last year included Capital Area Humane Society, Patches of Light, Hilliard Farm Market, Serving Our Neighbors Son Ministries, Franklin County Agricultural Society, Hilliard Ray Patch Family YMCA, Rotary Club of Hilliard, Hilliard Kiwanis Club and Northwest Franklin County Historical Society. Organizations who would like to participate can contact Destination Hilliard at


“This is a great opportunity for residents and students to learn about volunteer opportunities in the community in an informal setting” stated Destination Hilliard Executive Director Christy Clark. “We hope attendees will be inspired to connect with the community, while making it a better place to live, work, and visit.”

Also, a Volunteer Recognition Reception will be held at 6:40 p.m. honoring individuals who have dedicated their time and resources in making Hilliard a better community. Honorees include

Tom and Donnette Calhoon for Hilliard Arts Council, Christopher Lardiere for Hilliard Optimist, Lori Lee for Hilliard Kiwanis Club, A.C. & Theresa Montgomery for Hilliard Historical Society, Don & Shirley Russell for Franklin County Agricultural Society, Stan & Kelly Willis & Willis and Willis Law Firm for Serving Our Neighbors, SON Ministries.

National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging

people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to
the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.

The Mission of Destination Hilliard is to cultivate a positive economic impact for Hilliard through business, leisure and sports experiences as a destination marketing organization while supporting Ohio’s tourism industry. More information about Destination Hilliard and how to get involved can be found at

Thank you Chief Doug Francis!

Thank you Chief Doug Francis!

  • Posted: Mar 06, 2015
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Thank you Chief Doug Francis for all your years of service and keeping Hilliard residents and visitors safe!

Police Chief Douglas Francis, who has led the City’s police department for the past 5 ½ years has announced his intentions to retire this spring. After a distinguished 32 year law enforcement career, Francis will retire from the police department effective April 3, 2015.

Under Francis’ leadership, the agency has excelled to new levels of professionalism and excellence. Known for his innovative outlook, Francis spearheaded the efforts to regionalize the City’s public safety communication center and to fully modernize the agency’s aging radio and computer systems. Also believing in proactive measures for addressing community concerns, Francis saw to the creation of a new Traffic Services Unit responsible for dealing with roadway safety issues in the City and the implementation of a Special Investigations Unit responsible for preemptive criminal interdiction. Chief Francis’ commitment to the Hilliard community has always been unwavering and he is also well known for his pioneering use of Social Media to communicate with our citizens.

“I have been blessed to serve such a wonderful community and to work with a group of men and women who truly epitomize the highest levels of professionalism”, Francis said. “I have been so fortunate to have had this opportunity to be part of such an amazing organization.”

Even though Francis will be retiring from the Division of Police, his service to the citizens of Hilliard is not over. Mayor Donald Schonhardt has announced Francis’ appointment to the new position of “Director of Communications” for the City of Hilliard.

Francis will lead the City’s newly created Department of Communications and Informational Technology. Francis will be the chief spokesperson for the City and will be responsible for media relations and public communications. He will also oversee the various functions of informational management and technology within the City.

“The City was fortunate to hire Chief Francis just a short six years ago. It’s amazing that someone could have such a positive impact on the agency and our community in such a brief period of time” stated Mayor Schonhardt. Schonhardt went on to say “that the Chief’s passion for the community and his ability to develop professional relationships will serve him and the City well in his future position.”

In addition to his service to the Hilliard community, Francis served in several other communities during his law enforcement tenure including: Mifflin Township, the Village of Granville and the City of Worthington. Francis spent 23 years with the City of Worthington until 2009 when he was hired by the Hilliard Division of Police as the first Deputy Chief of Police. Less than 5 months later he was made the Chief of Police following the retirement of Chief of Police Rodney Garnett.

Francis earned his undergraduate degree in Public Administration and a Master of Business Administration degree from Franklin University. He also completed the Police Executive Leadership College and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. Chief Francis also achieved the certification of a “Certified Law Enforcement Executive” as administered by the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.

Deputy Chief Robert Fisher will be appointed the Acting Chief of Police upon Chief Francis’ retirement. A timeline to replace Chief Francis has not yet been determined.

A public reception to honor Chief Francis’ service to Law Enforcement and the Hilliard community is being planned for Thursday, April 2, 2015.