About Us

Our Purpose

To be a leading action-oriented community organization; to help small business to continue to grow and prosper, to develop and implement community development projects, and to be a resource that benefits both small and large businesses and community members.The Central Business District, comprised of Old Richmond, Main Street, the Historic Depot District, Warehouse (Cardinal Greenway), is an authentic urban commercial destination with a focus on culture, entertainment, urban living, cutting edge technology, entrepreneurship and unique one-of-a-kind shopping.

Our Vision

Richmond’s Central Business District, or Center City, is the symbol of community-wide pride, and an opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors to flourish through its holistic environment of retail, entertainment, business, government, housing, technology and industry. Historic buildings are being renewed and re-purposed along with new structures being built for a bright future. Community, public and private partnering allows a variety of citizens to gain involvement and ownership in Downtown, Historic Starr and Old Richmond Neighborhoods, Depot and Riverfront areas with equal opportunities for the diversity of the population.

Board Members

President

Ali Rivera – Shanie and Sallie Organic Clothing Apparel

I have been on the board for 4yrs. I am also affiliated with COPE Environmental Center Board. I am passionate about The Innovation Center, and helping our community thrive through Entrepreneurship, S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), Business Advocacy, Education, and our City Center’s Revitalization.

Vice President

Phil Quinn – Brewer Broadcasting

Treasurer

Ben Brock – West End Bank

Isaac Behrens – ATSV Service Engineer Expert at Allstate Insurance Co

I was invited to join the board after working with the Innovation Center on technology upgrades to the wireless network in 2016.  My focus is on technology used by the organization and the Richmond technology community we seek to serve and grow.  This also means being involved in the TechEd endeavors that Innovation Center sponsors and leads. I am Co-Chair of the TechEd Committee.


Mary Jo Clark – Contemporary Consulting

I am interested in creating a community where children want to live. I am fascinated by communities in our country. I work to help communities create a vision that attract people for the 21st century. I am also affiliated with the Womens Fund, Tourism and Girls Inc. Boards, 1st English Lutheran Church, National Assoc. for Community Leadership and the Economic Vitality Council.

Nancy Green – Ivy Tech Asst. Marketing Director

You can call me Nanc. I have been on the Center City Development Corporation Board about four years. I am also involved with United Way, RSO, Human Capital Pipeline,  Eastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, and the Chamber Business Education Committee.

Sharon Harlin – Reid Health, Community Outreach Coordinator

Reid Health, my employer, moved 140 employees to the downtown community. It has become a passion to celebrate all the growth in downtown and all the new initiatives Center City has brought to the Innovation Center including coding, renovation of the building, and becoming more technology focused. I am also affiliated with Centerstone of Indiana Board of Directors, Richmond Board of Zoning Appeals, Indiana Community Health Workers Wayne County Chair, Heroin Is Here and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Melissa Vance – Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, Director of Education & Events

Center City Development Corporation promotes business growth and entrepreneurship, but it also seeks to build Downtown Richmond, the heart of our city.  As we invest our resources in these three things, we will see a vibrant community emerge.  These not only align with the goals of the Chamber, they reflect my personal passion. I am also involved with Communities in Schools and Richmond Symphony Orchestra.

Melinda Wilson – MW Designs & O’Onda Gallery & Gifts

The vitality of the downtown is dependent on the efforts put forth by those who are a part.  As a business owner in the heart of our city, I was honored when the UEA Board nominated me to CCDC giving the opportunity to make an impact through innovation.  We are the core from which the rest of the city branches out.  I look forward to seeing it grow & thrive to be the “destination downtown” that puts us on the map.

  • From The Heart Int’l Inc.- Board Pres.
  • Being A Woman, Inc.-Board Pres.
  • Nat’l Assoc. Of Professional Women
  • MAP of Fountain City – Past Pres.


Robin Weinert – First Bank Richmond, SVP Operations/Retail Banking 

I have been on the Center City board for two years, most recently serving on the Board Governance/Nominating committee.  I am passionate about dedicating my time toward improving our community.  Center City enriches lives through innovation, business growth, and entrepreneurship.

By serving as the Co-chair of the Wayne County Foundation Women’s Fund I strongly support enhancing the lives of girls and women in our community.  This fits well with Center City as the center collaborates with Girl’s Inc. for tech education to teach the young girls in our community how to code.  Center City is the hub that links all “good things” together!

Beth Fields – City of Richmond, City Controller

Lynn Johnstone – Starr-Gennett Foundation, rtd.

Michelle Malott – Academic Vice Chancellor, IU East 

Roger Richert – Richmond Furniture Gallery, Owner

Rob Tidrow – Richmond Community Schools, COO