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Destination Hilliard Receives DMAI Accredidation

  • Posted: Jul 19, 2017
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22 Destinations Receive DMAP Designation at Destination International’s Annual Convention

Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2017) – Destinations International announced that 22 destination marketing organizations received a Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) seal
in recognition of their destination organization’s commitment to industry excellence and meeting the industry standard for performance and accountability of destination marketing organizations around the world.

The accreditation program requires a destination organization to successfully comply with a multitude of mandatory and voluntary standards that span a variety of performance areas to gain this momentous achievement. The standards cover nearly all aspects related to the management and marketing of destination organizations including governance, finance, human resources, sales, communications, destination development and research.

The following accreditations and re-accreditations were announced at Destinations International’s Annual Convention:
• Brand USA
• Butler County Tourism
• Destination Hilliard
• Discover Prince William & Manassas
• Dutchess Tourism Inc.
• Omaha CVB
• Tourism Calgary
• Visit Vacaville

Hilliard App

  • Posted: Jan 20, 2017
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Download the free Hilliard App on Google Play or ITunes for list of restaurants, events, attractions, hotels and best yet discounts for Hilliard businesses.

Harlem Wizards Basketball Exhibition

  • Posted: Jan 20, 2017
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Harlem Wizards Basketball Exhibition is slated for Thursday, March 2nd at Hilliard Memorial School. Ticket are available at


  • Posted: Jan 20, 2017
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TEDxHilliard is slated for August 8th in the evening at Hilliard Bradley High School. The organizers are seeking speakers and performers. For more information,

2017 Hilliard Visitors Guides

  • Posted: Jan 20, 2017
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The 2017 Hilliard Visitors Guides are now available at Destination Hilliard, 5274 Norwich Street, at the Hilliard Library, Coffee Shops: Coffee Connections, New Grounds and Kitamu and at the Hilliard Community Center.

A digital version is available on our website under request publications.

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 vivavideo pc 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?
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.