The Chillicothe Chillicothe Development Corporation under new leadership is now under the leadership of newly elected officers, following a Jan. 13 meeting, according to Pam Jarding.

During the organizations’ annual meeting, held Jan. 13, board members elected new officers. Steve Franke is the newly elected president of the board, succeeding now past-president Dr. Rolfe McCoy. Franke, a Chillicothe resident, is the owner of Midwest Quality Gloves. He currently sits on the Main Street Board of Directors, as well as a member of the Main Street Design Committee.

Lindy Chapman was elected as vice-president for 2020. Chapman has been very active within the community of Chillicothe and currently oversees the Hedrick Medical Center Foundation program. Other members of the Chillicothe Development Corporation Board are: Dr. Rolfe McCoy, past president; David Copeland; Bill Young; Mike Turner, Pat Thorne, Edward Milbank and Fred Simmer.

According to a press release, the Chillicothe Development Corporation was formed in 1955 in an effort to bring in industry and have a thriving industrial park in Chillicothe. After years of successful economic development, the Chillicothe Development Corporation wanted to continue in the overall growth and revitalization in Chillicothe. They hired a consultant to help with this vision, who recommended forming a Main Street program for the downtown. In 2000, the not-for-profit program Main Street Chillicothe was born with the assistance of the Chillicothe Development Corporation.

The Chillicothe Development was also key to bringing the murals to Chillicothe, Jarding said in a press release. In the mid-1990s, previous board member Sherwood Patek would visit Lake Placid, Florida every winter on vacation, where they have a great mural program. Wanting to bring that same artistic feel to Chillicothe, he suggested that Chillicothe do the same. The first mural was painted on the side of El Toro in the late 1990s and has since expanded to 20 murals. .