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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 wifikill 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 best wireless bluetooth speakers 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. & hotstar apk 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.


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