A natural extension of the new branding identity and image that connects the community of Canal Fulton to nature and outdoor recreation is the complementing Business & Tourism opportunities.
YOU WANT AN EXPERIENCE, WE HAVE THAT EXPERIENCE. Pick your poison and you are on your way
TOURISM AND ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS -MAKE THEM MEMORABLE.
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES– LOOKING TO RELOCATE OR START A NEW BUSINESS?
THINKING ABOUT MOVING– LET THE QUALITY OF LIFE AMENITIES GUIDE YOU HOME
THE COMMUNITY OF CANAL FULTON AT A GLANCE
Downtown Canal Fulton is one of the last remaining authentic canal towns in Ohio that is a registered Historic District where that old world charm is reflected by the variety of architectural styles for both businesses and houses alike.
Canal Fulton has one of only four operating canal boats in the State of Ohio.
Canal Fulton is the only community along the entire 110 mile long canal corridor that has their entire border along the Ohio & Erie Canal and that has water in the canal on a YEAR ROUND BASIS.
Canal Fulton is located along the Ohio & Erie Canal which is part of the Stark County Park System under the management of Stark Parks that represents 25 miles or about 23% of the 110 mile canal corridor, but attracts 52% or 1.3 million visitor's of the total 2.5 million visitor's to the canal corridor due to what this area has to offer.
Canal Fulton is unique by having two waterways running through the downtown in the Tuscarawas River and the Ohio & Erie Canal bringing outdoor recreation directly to the City’s front door and directly into the fabric of the community.
Downtown Canal Fulton has earned an industry wide reputation as a recognizable destination for both foot and bike races where multiple races take place each year from recreational to competitive drawing participants from AROUND THE STATE AND NATIONALLY.
In the works of downtown Canal Fulton being granted a National Bike Friendly designation and the Towpath to receive a new additional designation as U.S. Bike Route 21 that will put Canal Fulton on the bike enthusiast map on a national basis. A new YMCA to break ground in the near future that will include a swimming pool.
Scenic Byway routes are nationally designated scenic route by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to get people off of the freeways and connecting people to the National Heritage Area. A National Scenic Byway must have one or more of six "intrinsic qualities": archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic designed to promote TOURISM and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. Note: There are more than 600 Scenic Byway signs directing motorist to visit this Scenic Byway tour route. Ohio currently offers 27 Scenic Byways, five (5) of which are nationally designated that includes the Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Area.
Canal Fulton has a specifically designated Canalway Center providing a place to rest, to get information, restroom break to educational items on display and video. The canal boat is docked in front where tickets can be purchased.
Canal Fulton has a large parking area that can hold up to 200 vehicles that is adjacent to a large open field park providing ample staging and parking for major events both located adjacent to the Canalway Center and canal.
The backyard of Canal Fulton is the Stark County Park System that includes the historic Ohio & Erie Canal Canal Corridor under the management of Stark Parks that acts like the hub of a wheel where the spokes connect to more than 26 different communities where Stark Parks is celebrating it’s 50 years of history and proudly manages 14 parks, 4 lakes, and over 100 miles of hiking, biking, mountain biking and equestrian trails, totaling over 8,000 acres of land where people enjoy boating, camping (primitive), canoeing, kayaking, pontoons and paddleboarding, bird watching or birding, wildlife photography. There is 2800 acres open to hunting and there are 1200 acres of ponds, lakes and reservoirs for fishing with some of the best breeding areas for game fish.
TOURISM & ENTERTAINMENT
The resourceful and resilient auditors of the Circle K organization navigating through the Fear of the Unknown - Team Building Experience
Tourism, weekend get-away, sightseeing, family reunions, corporate events and all other reasons to share in an experience all have one thing in common, they want for that experience to be different and memorable.
Stark County Tourism: The Visit Canton Stark County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau has identified 581,370 hotel rooms sold last year and consumer spending of $1.1 billion.
Canal Boat: One of only four operating canal boats in the state.
Walking, family strolls
Jogging, biking, hiking
Bird watching, nature watching
Eco -Wildlife tourism
Edgar Allan Poe
Victorian Wake: Historically Hysterical
Historical presentations and Live entertainment
Reputation for recreational and competitive local, state and national foot and bike races
Fishing with some of the best breeding areas for game fish
One of the top vintage toy stores in the eastern United States
English Tea Room in a 1901 Queen Anne home
Well known Teddy Bear shop
Vintage Ice -cream shops
Vintage Candy manufacturer and shop
Whiskey Craft Distillery and tasting room - live entertainment
Additionally located in the Canal Fulton area just 1 mile from the downtown is a 500 acre resort, RV park, campground, event center with a 25 acre fishing lake. This event center is known for bringing in national acts such as Blake Shelton and a variety of other entertainment options where they draw in several hundred thousand people annually and this is one of Ohio's top outdoor camping destinations.
Canal Fulton Tour Services: This tour operator service is located in Canal Fulton that works direcly with individual to corporate clients in creating entertainment packages and works with other tour operators and tour bus lines in creating specialty packages for their clients. The owner, Dennis can assist you from a variety of options to choose from. http://www.discovercanalfulton.com/tours.html
BUSINESS AND NEW MARKET NICHE OPPORTUNITIES TIED TO AN $887 Billion INDUSTRY
A community on the move and open for business with a new branding identity opens up and offers opportunities to capitalize on.
The decades old mantra Location, Location, Location is giving way to the new mantra, Internet Connectivity and not just any connectivity, but bandwidth speeds up to one gigabit. Serving Canal Fulton is a provider providing synchronous bandwidth speeds up to one gigabit in addition to Voice Telecommunication services such as PRI, SIP Trunking, Hosted Voice Systems, and analog POTS/Fax lines. Ability to connect multiple site locations.
If you do not need one gigabit, there are business plans called EXCELLERATE FOR BUSINESS: Synchronous bandwidth speed 50Mbps by 50Mbps. Voice Telecommunication services such as Hosted Voice Systems and analog POTS/Fax lines. Television services.
Currently, Many of the larger cities do not have Internet Connectivity where Canal Fulon is a marriage of internet speed and the calm of nature.
The city's branding identity of Ohio's Gateway to Outdoor Recreation represents the community's connection to nature and outdoor recreation that is tied to the Ohio & Erie Canal and the County Park system.
TheOhio & ErieCanalNational Heritage Areahas directed most of its federal funding into grants that develop sites and amenities that add value to the region. The Ohio & Erie Canalway has been able to leverage $350 millionin Federal, State, Local, and Private investments throughout the region creatingmore connector trails between the Towpath and various towns and communities and as visitors to the Towpath Trail continually grows, these communities along the trail will continue to benefit greatly from the growing business and tourism that will continue to follow to the connected sites, history, and offerings of the heritage area.
Power and Influence of the Ohio & Erie Canal: The Ohio & Erie Canal is an irreplaceable asset that is completely unique distinguishing itself as a powerful magnet that attracts 2.5 Million Visitors annually generating $408 Million in visitor spending and the Outdoor Recreation Industry that is associated with the Towpath usage is an $887 Billion economic development engine and where it is a player in the State of Ohio Tourism industry estimated at $42 Billion and growing.
IMAGINE A FOUR COUNTY CONVENTION & VISITOR'S BUREAU along with FOUR COUNTY PARK DISTRICTS in addition to the two OHIO & ERIE CANAL GROUPS collaborating together representing the 110 mile long canal corridor to attract consumers to this specific area of the state. The Ohio & Erie Canal is an area of interest and focus as it attracts outdoor recreation that attracts the Millennial demographic group which is the target group. Note: As a result of the collective efforts focusing along the canal corridor it will create a new canal market niche and with Canal Fulton due to it's location along the canal, having an operating canal boat and being tied to outdoor recreation is positioned to be in a prime spot to be able to dominate and possibly control this new market.
MILLENNIALS: The demographics of today connecting to the Future. According to the studies of the Ohio Municipal League that represents over 700 communities in Ohio, unlike previous generations, the millennial workforce doesn't choose to locate based on where the jobs are, Now: the jobs follow the millennials - making it crucial for municipalities to create downtown "places" where millennials can work, live and play. Create the ambiance for Millennials to want to be there and businesses and jobs will follow. This fact is even more profound when you consider the population projectionsfrom a March 1, 2018 study by the Pew Research Center where Millennials (Ages 20-35) are expected to overtake Boomers in population in 2019 as their numbers swell to 73 million and Boomers decline to 72 million. Generation X (ages 36 to 51 in 2016) is projected to pass the Boomers in population by 2028.In 2016 the Baby Boomers numbered 74.1 million. In 2020 the Millennials will peak at 86 million. By 2050,the Millennials are expected to be 74.3 millionwhereas the Baby Boomers 16.6 million. Simply Put: Being able to connect to the Millennials of today is connecting to the future and Canal Fulton has what they are looking for.
The one area that Boomers and Millennials share a common thread is in Eco-Tourism. Eco-Tourism is the fastest-growing segment in the tourism industry according to The International Ecotourism Society of Washington, D.C as they share a passion for recycling older buildings, green space, outdoor recreationand protecting the environment, whereits practices are influencing hotel chains and even beach resorts to implement more sustainable practices.
Located about 25 minutes away is the new PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME VILLAGE an $800 million project that will be completed in phases with a final completion in 2020 that when up and running it is estimated to generate for Stark County over the subsequent 25 year period about $15.3 Billion in consumer sales.
Waterfront Commercial Properties: Based upon conversations with those in the real estate industry from brokerage houses to real estate research firms and the review of sale data, there is an average INCREASE IN VALUE OF 35%.
From opportunities of a new build to a new business start up to an existing business looking to relocate, Canal Fulton should be high on your list with the value added quality of life amenities. Canal Fulton is also unique by being able to offer the calming affect of nature with high speed internet connectivity providing the best of both worlds.
The "Other" Business Benefits of Outdoor Recreation How it can impact a company’s bottomline
The goal of any business is to improve it’s bottomline and by doing so, will help to position it for growth. A valuabletool inachievingthis involves Encouraging Creative Thinking among employees that is now seen as the single most important tool within the industry to bring out that inherent creativity, sharing ideas for operating efficiencies, brainstorming ideas for new products, services, target markets and sources of revenue.The greatest threat to that#1 asset is what has been called the “21stCentury Disease”where STRESSor even the perception of stress cannot be eliminated.
Regardless of the great deal to buy or lease a building/property or the investment made into equipment to streamline the operations or the innovative methods of marketing and promoting oneself, without healthy and efficient employees, those advantages and benefits will be lost to the competition.
Based upon studies, look at how STRESS impacts your workforce: That 75%-90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems. That 50%-80% of all physical disorders have stress of psychosomatic related origins. That 75%of all work illness is stress related. That 40%of all job turnover is due to stress.
To combat STRESS some companies have installed different amenities or services for their employees asintended distractions where the newness becomes short lived. If an employer is going to invest in and offer different perks for their staff, the mostbeneficial will have sustainability in continually reinforcing positive changes. Look at how Mother Naturechanges people just by someone being in nature:
Nature walks are linked to enhanced mental health and positive feelings as well as significantly lower levels of depression and feelings of stress that increases relaxation and improves stress management resulting in increased vitality and less anxiety, depression, and anger. Improved focus: Nature gives your brain a break from the everyday over stimulation which can a restorative effect on attention levels, lowers blood pressure with a better and more positive outlook on life with benefits to those with attention deficit disorder.
A happy employee is a productive employee and a productive employee is one that impacts the bottomline. When it comes to motivation, nothing beats Mother Nature and Mother Nature is in our own backyard.
Synchronous bandwidth speeds up to one gigabit
AUTHENTIC CANAL WATERFRONT COMMUNITY
A COMMUNITY TO SINK YOUR ROOTS IN TO LIVE, WORK AND ESTABLISH YOUR OWN BUSINESS.
Millennials are connecting to this community for what it has to offer
See this hip and vibrant community at a glance from the city administration, services and quality of life amenities that is attracting Millennials to Boomers.
We Have What America Wants
The results of an Urban Land Institute 2015 survey identifying “WHAT DO WE WANT IN OUR COMMUNITIES?
Top of the priority list is a healthy environment.
38% of Americans say there is a lack of convenient outdoor spaces in which to run, walk, or exercise in their community
IF THEY COULD LIVE ANYWHERE, 42% of Americans would live in a rural/small-town area.
From multiple other reports when identifying the most sought after amenities the following are always at the top of the lists:
Parks and green spaces.
Trails for walking, jogging, biking, etc.
Whereas other communities are trying to artifically add walking, biking and jogging space to becoming more outdoor related in response to the growing demand, the backyard of Canal Fulton is the county park system and the Ohio & Erie Canal waters and Towpath where walking, biking and jogging are part of the way of life naturally.
Desired location within Stark County, crime rates substantially lower than the national averages, good quality schools and housing stock, community theatrical playhouse, community Heritage Society, community festival going 52 years strong, community Christmas celebration, community Halloween scheduled on October 31st that includes a portion of the downtown being closed off for a Trunk or Treat , community Easter egg hunt, Small town community charm and feel, top rated specialty shops, recognized nationally as a pizza destination, community dog park, 18 hole golf course, tennis and basketball courts, community park with a pavilion, Daddy Daughter Dance, Mother Son Superhero Dance, Canalway Visitor Center, and more all reflecting a community that comes together.
Waterfront residentialproperties command more in value that are influenced by their respective locations and according to Zillow with a database of more than 100 million homes nationwide, theyhave analyzed the single-family waterfront home market in the United States from 1996 to the present and they have developed a unique home value index for waterfront homes nationally and at the city-levelwhere on a national average, waterfront homes were found to be worth 2.16 X than the value of homes overall. EX: A $100,000 home is worth up to $216,000 by being a waterfront home. Canal Fulton is the only community along the entire 110 mile long canal corridor that has their entire border along the Ohio & Erie Canal and that has water in the canal on a YEAR ROUND BASIS.
Patiently waiting her turn at the popular outdoor Open Mic
Our fast-paced technological world world is not only causing stress on adults, but also on our kids.
Why does someone look to uproot their family and/or business and move to another community?
The answer is that there are a lot of reasons why, but the common denominator typically involves the perceived safety, quality of life and the opportunities that one community has over another. Canal Fulton is a community where nature, outdoor recreation and quality of life amenities are integrated within the fabric of the community.
Here is another benefit to becoming part of the Canal Fulton community:
"NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER” Researchers have found a disorderthat affects a child’s development. They found that children who lived closer to nature and had more opportunities to be in the natural world were less stressed out with life, lower blood pressure, better motor coordination andconcentration, reduced life’s stressors with the ability to slow down.
Located in the Conservation Buffer Zone located along the canal representing a Quality of Life gathering hole