From grassroots beginnings in members’ living rooms to lobbying Congress for National Heritage Area designation for the Ohio & Erie Canalway, the Founding Organizations of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Association have been at the heart of Ohio & Erie Canalway efforts.
The two nonprofits, Ohio Canal Corridor (founded 1985) and Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition (founded 1989) co-wrote the legislation and led a successful regional support campaign that brought passage of the federal bill, signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996.
That legislation recognized the Ohio & Erie Canalway Association as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to act as the management entity for the Canalway. The Ohio & Erie Canalway Association operates as a regional extension of the two Founding Organizations.
An 18-member Canalway Association Board consists of both Founding Organization appointees and independent representatives. These members are appointed to govern the decisions on federal funding, while meeting the obligations of planning and local match required by the legislation.
The Founding Organizations provide staffing to manage the Ohio & Erie Canalway Association through Technical Assistance Agreements that ensure a clear majority of federal funds are used for planning, projects and programs.
Ohio Canal Corridor
Headed by Tim Donovan — focuses its efforts on the Cleveland and Cuyahoga County – the northern section of the Canalway.
Ohio Canal Corridor’s Mission
is to create a park system that follows the route of the historic Ohio Canal from Cleveland to Dover/New Philadelphia by promoting historic preservation and interpretation, expanded recreational opportunities and sensitive economic developments.
Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition
Headed by Dan Rice — focuses its efforts on the Southern Sections of the Canalway in Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas Counties.
Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition’s Mission
is to stimulate public interest and support for the protection, preservation, development and enhancement of the historical, natural and recreational resources along the route of the Ohio & Erie Canal.
Individually, the non-profit organizations enlist the membership and support from Canalway businesses, government agencies and residents interested in supporting the development of the Ohio & Erie Canalway.
On regional projects, the two founding organizations join forces with the Ohio & Erie Canalway Association and take leads on programs affecting the National Heritage Area as a whole.
The heads of the Founding Organizations also serve together as Co-Executive Directors of the Ohio & Erie Canalway.
To learn more, or find ways to increase your participation in each group’s Canalway-based efforts and events, we invite you to visit their sites:
Ohio Canal Corridor: http://www.ohiocanal.org/
Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition: http://www.ohioeriecanal.org/